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Bush administration freezing cuts in Medicare fees
AP/Yahoo News, June 30, 2008
Medicare proposes changes for imaging, dialysis
Reuters, June 30, 2008
Connecticut launches health plan for uninsured
Hartford Courant, July 1, 2008
E-prescription networks to merge
Washington Post, July 1, 2008
Massachusetts' pioneering health plan turns 1
USA Today, June 30, 2008

Spotlight: Turning Online Physician Ratings into Lemonade Every time I open a newspaper or visit a major Web site lately, I see another article about the emergence of online portals that allow patients to rate their physicians. Read More

Today's Sections

Federal Government
Bush administration freezing cuts in Medicare fees
AP/Yahoo News, June 30, 2008

Medicare proposes changes for imaging, dialysis
Reuters, June 30, 2008

Medicare program hopes to block fraud
Miami Herald, July 1, 2008
State/Local Government
Connecticut launches health plan for uninsured
Hartford Courant, July 1, 2008

Massachusetts' pioneering health plan turns 1
USA Today, June 30, 2008

How California budget deadlock affects healthcare
Sacramento Bee, June 30, 2008
Technology
E-prescription networks to merge
Washington Post, July 1, 2008

Hospital bar codes not a perfect Rx
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 1, 2008

UPMC recommends doctors use Web to get drug samples
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 30, 2008
Business
Baptist Health System sells remaining interest in Birmingham's Trinity Medical Center
Birmingham News, July 1, 2008

Providence Health to buy Tarzana Regional Medical Center from Tenet
Los Angeles Times, July 1, 2008

Bonds will fund Butler (PA) hospital expansion
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 30, 2008

Newark, NJ, hospital taps new president
Newark Star-Ledger, June 30, 2008
Health Plans
Benefits firms worry about two Pennsylvania insurers' merger
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 1, 2008

Highmark, West Penn hospitals reach new contract
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 30, 2008

Cleveland Clinic hooks up with Weight Watchers
AP/Yahoo News, June 30, 2008
Global Healthcare News
England to refocus on quality of healthcare
Reuters/Washington Post, July 1, 2008
Hospital News
Report lists pneumonia death tolls in California hospitals
Los Angeles Times, June 30, 2008

Five Palm Beach County, FL, hospitals cited for denying ER care
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, June 30, 2008
Legal
Attorney, accountant charged in alleged insurance scam at Buena Park, CA, surgery center
Los Angeles Times, June 30, 2008

Commentary: Diversity: It's Not Just Nice, It's Good Business
A diverse work force is no longer just a nice-to-have, it's a necessity. Molly Rowe, for HealthLeaders Media
June 27, 2008

Magazine: When the Auditor Comes Calling
Medicare's RAC demonstration is designed to catch payment mistakes, but some providers say auditors are getting carried away. Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Magazine
June 13, 2008

Contributed Feature: Marketing: Not On Your Radar, But it Should Be
In other industries, marketing and finance work in tandem. Not so in healthcare—especially in hospitals, says HealthLeaders Media contributor Anthony Cirillo. Financial leaders need to understand that they, in many ways, affect marketing and public relations, and the CFO needs to be open to making the first approach, he says. Anthony Cirillo, for HealthLeaders Media
June 23, 2008

Audio: Inaccuracies and Inadequacies
S. Lee Miller, MD, the lead author of a study that examined recorded medical histories of patients admitted to emergency rooms in rural areas, talks about how inaccuracies in medical records lead to inadequate care. Maureen Larkin, for HealthLeaders Media
June 26, 2008





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