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Hospital death rates unveiled
USA Today, August 20, 2008
439,000 more get health coverage in Massachusetts
Boston Globe, August 20, 2008
New York legislators negotiate $200 million cut to hospitals
New York Times, August 20, 2008
Lack of insurance, high medical costs put more in a bind
Washington Post, August 20, 2008
Judge blocks California's cut in Medi-Cal fees
San Francisco Chronicle, August 20, 2008

Spotlight: Dick Scruggs, the Bell Tolls for Thee While he once fought hospitals over their charity care policies and aggressive collection practices, Richard "Dickie" Scruggs is now serving time for attempted bribery related to a settlement case. Read More

Today's Sections

Federal Government
Hospital death rates unveiled
USA Today, August 20, 2008

Judge blocks California's cut in Medi-Cal fees
San Francisco Chronicle, August 20, 2008

Medicare Web site confounds many seniors
HealthDay/Washington Post, August 20, 2008

North Carolina man dies after waiting 22 hours at hospital
AP/Yahoo News, August 20, 2008
State/Local Government
439,000 more get health coverage in Massachusetts
Boston Globe, August 20, 2008

New York legislators negotiate $200 million cut to hospitals
New York Times, August 20, 2008

California bill would cap healthcare administration
San Francisco Chronicle, August 20, 2008

Nine firms submit healthcare plans to cover adults under Cover Florida
St. Petersburg Times, August 20, 2008

Joliet, IL, gets more time to consider appeal of Silver Cross relocation
Chicago Tribune, August 20, 2008

Illinois says kids up to 26 can be insured under parents' policy
Chicago Tribune, August 20, 2008
Trends
Lack of insurance, high medical costs put more in a bind
Washington Post, August 20, 2008

Illegal aliens may fear to seek care
The News & Observer, August 20, 2008

More apologies to families follow medical mistakes
St. Petersburg Times, August 20, 2008

A treatment room with a view
Wall Street Journal (subscription required), August 20, 2008
Business
Florida backs St. Joseph's plan for Riverview hospital
St. Petersburg Times, August 20, 2008

Pennsylvania healthcare system plans sale
AP/Philadelphia Inquirer, August 20, 2008

HCA's possible psychiatric expansion raises concerns
The Tennessean, August 20, 2008

Nashville hospital will soon stop delivering babies
The Tennessean, August 20, 2008

Philadelphia residents win round with Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia Inquirer, August 19, 2008
Physicians
Orange County, CA, supervisors wrangle over doctors' funding
Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2008

Audio: Expanding Medical Travel
David Boucher talks about how Companion Global Healthcare is expanding its network of JCI-accredited hospitals and overcoming barriers to medical travel. Rick Johnson, for HealthLeaders Media
August 19, 2008

Magazine: MBAs Among Us
Many hospital recruiters are finding that MBA hires are ready for leadership roles more quickly than other candidates. Kathryn Mackenzie, for HealthLeaders Magazine
August 2008

Audio: Preparing for the RAC
Michael Taylor, MD, discusses the CMS Recovery Audit Contractor demonstration project. Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media
August 18, 2008

Contributed Feature: Memo to the new CFO: Focus on the ED
The new hospital CFO typically has so many challenges to address, it's difficult to know where to focus energy first. HealthLeaders Media contributor Caral Edelberg has some advice for new CFOs that can not only provide some early successes, but which can also give the new CFO a big picture idea of how much to expect from future improvement initiatives. Caral Edelberg, for HealthLeaders Media
August 15, 2008





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