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Healthcare financing fraud trial nears
AP/Miami Herald, January 31, 2008
Fitch cuts UnitedHealth ratings
The Boston Globe, January 31, 2008
Group offers doctors bonuses for better care
Wall Street Journal (subscription required), January 31, 2008
Nurses rally against mandatory overtime
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 30, 2008
Bush seeks surplus via Medicare cuts
The New York Times, January 31, 2008

Spotlight: Healthcare Reform Terminated? Supporters of the healthcare reform plan negotiated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Democratic leadership in California Assembly remained positive and said the fight is far from over, but I'm not so sure. Read More

Today's Sections

Health Plans
Fitch cuts UnitedHealth ratings
The Boston Globe, January 31, 2008

Georgia governor backs tax break on some health plans
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 31, 2008

CoverTN shows state's need to bolster healthcare issues
The Tennessean, January 31, 2008

Healthways stock skids 16 percent on cloudy Medicare forecast
The Tennessean, January 30, 2008
Legal
Healthcare financing fraud trial nears
AP/Miami Herald, January 31, 2008

Doctor accused of leak to drug maker
New York Times, January 31, 2008

Kansas doctor accused of running "pill mill"
Kansas City Star, January 30, 2008
Physicians
Group offers doctors bonuses for better care
Wall Street Journal (subscription required), January 31, 2008

Doctors have difficulty giving weight-loss advice
Washington Post/Hartford Courant, January 31, 2008
Pharmaceutical
China drugs: A cautionary tale
Wall Street Journal (subscription required), January 31, 2008
State/Local Government
Nurses rally against mandatory overtime
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 30, 2008

District lacking in access to care
Washington Post, January 30, 2008

UC medicine lists four priorities
Cincinnati Enquirer, January 30, 2008

Ohio legislator proposes subsidies to expand health coverage
Cincinnati Enquirer, January 30, 2008

Florida's Healthy Start opens much needed prenatal center
Palm Beach Post, January 30, 2008

Hospital plan generates intrigue
Washington Post, January 30, 2008
Federal Government
Bush seeks surplus via Medicare cuts
The New York Times, January 31, 2008

Senate approves insurance rate bill
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 31, 2008
Trends
Veterans with brain injuries not getting adequate care
AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 31, 2008

Healthcare reform to shift focus
Washington Post, January 31, 2008
Finance
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta exceeds fund-raising goal
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 31, 2008

Commentary: Saints, Sinners, and Bringers of Dinner
In last week's column, I praised a health system that banned all pharmaceutical promotional products. A reader who said he used to work in pharmaceutical industry and now works with drug companies as a consultant, begged to differ. Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media
January 30, 2008

Contributed Feature: ePrescribing and its Impact on Care Management
Still under-used, electronic prescriptions benefit patients and everyone in the healthcare food chain, says contributor Marybeth Regan. Marybeth Regan, PhD, for HealthLeaders Media
January 28, 2008

Audio: Moving Beyond Predictive Modeling Part 2
Jim Kerr, vice president of business development at CareGuide, talks about his company's One Care Street, which is a survey-based predictive model, and how the program is impacting health and costs. He also gives his thoughts about the future of predictive modeling in this podcast, which is the second of a two-part series. Les Masterson, for HCPro, Inc.
January 30, 2008

Magazine: Building from Scratch
What kind of financial shape would your hospital be in if your managed care plans were paying you less than your state Medicaid program? Imagine that and a host of other financial problems, and you have what Michael Young signed on for nearly three years ago when he agreed to become president and chief executive officer of 550-staffed-bed Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media
January 15, 2008





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