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Company sues Northern Illinois University over plans to build proton therapy facility
Chicago Tribune, July 23, 2008
California governor signs ban on health insurers' rescission reward practice
Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2008
Health plan from Obama spurs debate
New York Times, July 23, 2008
Plan to build new Parkland Hospital to go before Dallas County voters
Dallas Morning News, July 23, 2008
UnitedHealth profit drops but tops estimates
AP/Yahoo News, July 23, 2008

Spotlight: CMS: We Pay Dead People As much as $90 million was paid to fraudulent billers who used dead doctors' ID numbers between 2000 and 2007, adding to the nearly $400 billion CMS pays to hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers each year. Read More

Today's Sections

Business
Company sues Northern Illinois University over plans to build proton therapy facility
Chicago Tribune, July 23, 2008

HCA, Maury-Vanderbilt clash on radiation therapy
The Tennessean, July 23, 2008

Midwest healthcare startups collect less in first half
Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 22, 2008

Baptist Health will seek approval for hospital in Hoover, AL
Birmingham News, July 22, 2008
State/Local Government
California governor signs ban on health insurers' rescission reward practice
Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2008

Plan to build new Parkland Hospital to go before Dallas County voters
Dallas Morning News, July 23, 2008

Court's dilemma over cuts in Medi-Cal fees
San Francisco Chronicle, July 23, 2008

Los Angeles County supervisors order King-Harbor problem employees probe
Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2008
Election 2008
Health plan from Obama spurs debate
New York Times, July 23, 2008
Health Plans
UnitedHealth profit drops but tops estimates
AP/Yahoo News, July 23, 2008

Connecticut to get share of $20 million HealthMarkets settlement
Hartford Courant, July 23, 2008

Connecticut reinsurance pool gets federal grant
Hartford Courant, July 23, 2008

Health insurance industry launches reform drive
Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 22, 2008
Technology
Medpedia Project aims to create an online encyclopedia of health information
Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2008
Physicians
Tough times prompt patients to skip care
Wall Street Journal (subscription required), July 23, 2008
Global Healthcare News
U.S. rules on bariatric surgery lead some to Mexico
Denver Post/Chicago Tribune, July 23, 2008

Audio: Marketing to Boomers: Service Lines
Learn how and why a Chicago hospital abandoned one service line to focus on another that would attract a lucrative boomer market. Bob Wertz, for HealthLeaders Media
July 7, 2008

Magazine: A New Model for Older Patients
A Delaware system's specialty unit for the elderly improves care quality and centralizes resources. Molly Rowe, for HealthLeaders Magazine
July 2008

Audio: Convenient Care Clinics and Stand Alone ERs: A Threat to Doctors?
Paul Breslin, a senior principal at the Noblis Center for Health Innovation, discusses the strategic implications of the proliferation of minute clinics and standalone emergency rooms to physicians and physician practices. Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media
July 21, 2008

Contributed Feature: The Myth of Length of Stay
When Medicare introduced its prospective payment system in 1983, the flat fee reimbursement method suggested that shorter length of stay would increase hospital profits. But the logic was flawed. Resource consumption did not decline, and physicians continued to practice exactly the way they did pre-DRGóbut they did it in fewer days. Author Stefani Daniels says hospitals now have the tools available to dig deeper into solutions for these problems. If only they would use them. Stefani Daniels, for HealthLeaders Media
July 14, 2008





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