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PA hospitals have high blood infection rates
Philadelphia Inquirer, September 25, 2008
Health insurance costs grow 5% in 2008
USA Today, September 25, 2008
Illinois bill requires hospital discounts for patients without insurance
Chicago Tribune, September 25, 2008
NJ hospital reports deaths linked to facility's water supply
Charlotte Observer, September 25, 2008
Suit says Medtronic gave doctors perks
Wall Street Journal (subscription required), September 25, 2008

Spotlight: Are you ready for the country? Apparently not A new survey of new physicians provides more glum news for rural healthcare. In Merritt, Hawkins & Associates’ 15th annual query of newly minted doctors, only 4% of the physicians said they wanted to hang a shingle in a town with a population of 25,000 or less. Read More

Today's Sections

Health Plans
Health insurance costs grow 5% in 2008
USA Today, September 25, 2008

Commentary: Blues’ merger wrong
Philadelphia Inquirer, September 25, 2008

An unhealthy state
The Birmingham Times, September 25, 2008
Trends
Hospital bracelets face hurdles as they fix hazard
New York Times, September 25, 2008

Study: Seniors not quite embracing generic drugs
Philadelphia Inquirer, September 25, 2008

Retail users lack personal doctors
Chicago Tribune, September 25, 2008
Legal
Suit says Medtronic gave doctors perks
Wall Street Journal (subscription required), September 25, 2008
Hospital News
NJ hospital reports deaths linked to facility's water supply
Charlotte Observer, September 25, 2008

Baylor plans cancer center in Dallas rivaling MD Anderson
Dallas Morning News, September 25, 2008
Finance
Healthcare costs increase strain on families, studies find
New York Times, September 25, 2008
State/Local Government
Illinois bill requires hospital discounts for patients without insurance
Chicago Tribune, September 25, 2008
Physicians
States, medical groups oppose abortion rule
Washington Post, September 25, 2008

Commentary: Sky is Not Falling in Managed Care
The current financial calamity may not affect health insurers as much as other industries, but there is an impact to managed care. A credit rating company has proposed new ratings criteria to analyze financial leverage of health insurers.

Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media
September 24, 2008

Magazine: Hip Technology
A Michigan hospital puts implants through the paces using lifelike simulation technology to assess longevity. Gary Baldwin, for HealthLeaders Media
September 10, 2008

Commentary: Notes from SHSMD: The Economy, Strategic Planning, and a Little Gossip
Marketers are a great crowd to hang out with—always helpful, friendly, and interesting to talk to. But I think the mood at the recent SHSMD conference was more subdued than in years past.

Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media
September 24, 2008

Audio : ICD-10 Woes
Robert Tennant, senior policy advisor with MGMA, discusses the CMS proposed timeline for implementing the ICD-10 code set and explains the administrative burden it could place on medical practices. Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media
August 28, 2008





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