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Spending growth slows for healthcare and prescription drugs
New York Times, January 6, 2009
Grady gets earful on free-care limits
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 6, 2009
Tufts Medical Center to break with Blue Cross
Boston Globe, January 6, 2009
Seven hospitals in New York accused of $50 million Medicaid fraud
New York Times, January 6, 2009
Nursing industry desperate to find new hires
AP/Yahoo News, January 6, 2009

Spotlight: Prepare to Be Surprised in 2009 This year will in many ways be a continuation of the previousówe're waiting to see the full effects of a power-shifting election and the worst financial crisis in decades. How it plays out is anyone's guess. Read More

Today's Sections

Finance
Spending growth slows for healthcare and prescription drugs
New York Times, January 6, 2009

Grady gets earful on free-care limits
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 6, 2009
Business
Tufts Medical Center to break with Blue Cross
Boston Globe, January 6, 2009

Tenet dissident group dissolves
South Florida Business Journal, January 6, 2009

Should patients be told of better care elsewhere?
New York Times, January 6, 2009

Madison, AL, hospital hearing delayed
Birmingham News/Huntsville Times, January 5, 2009
Legal
Seven hospitals in New York accused of $50 million Medicaid fraud
New York Times, January 6, 2009

Judge assigns blame in Pharmed fraud case
Miami Herald, January 6, 2009

Regulators crack down on Citrus Health Care
Tampa Bay Business Journal, January 5, 2009
State/Local Government
Massachusetts governor intensifies state's push to curb soaring health premiums
Boston Globe, January 6, 2009

It's the law: California patients can have an interpreter at their side
Sacramento Bee, January 5, 2009
Hospital News
Nursing industry desperate to find new hires
AP/Yahoo News, January 6, 2009

Texas hospitals using a new strategy to ease crowded ERs
Houston Chronicle, January 5, 2009
Health Plans
Cigna cuts 1,100 jobs, expects charge of $40 million
Bloomberg.com, January 6, 2009

CMS: MHS project costly, didn't reduce hospitalizations
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, January 5, 2009
Global Healthcare News
Canadians worry U.S. health reform could lead to doctor poaching
Wall Street Journal (blog), January 6, 2009
Technology
Doctors will make Web calls in Hawaii
New York Times, January 6, 2009

Commentary: Resolve to Help Employees Lose Weight
It's that special time of the year when people managers across the nation and in every industry face millions of holiday-bloated employees requesting weight-loss programs and diet-friendly cafeteria options. John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media
January 5, 2009

Contributed Feature: Can the Medical Home Save Primary Care?
A report by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2004 said that primary care was in trouble, and there may be no way to save it. Since then, the news has not improved. In 2007, 16% of first-year family practice residency slots went unfilled. More than 50% of those slots that were filled were taken by international medical graduates, underscoring the lack of interest U.S. medical graduates have in primary care. Although still somewhat vague, the medical home model is being touted as the most visible solution to the primary care crisis. Phillip Miller, for HealthLeaders Media
January 2, 2009

Audio: What Can Your Hospital Learn from Other Industries?
Diane Stover of Memorial Hospital and Health System in South Bend, IN, talks about how healthcare organizations can benefit from conducting "innovisits" with companies in other industries. Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media
December 23, 2008

Contributed Feature: Preparation of a Proposal for a Federal Healthcare Contract
Bidding on a government contract for services your hospital already renders can be an attractive way to bring additional revenue into your organization. But first you have to get past the daunting rules and regulations in the government's RFP, says Scott Honiberg. In this article, Honiberg walks you through a bidding process that might be quite refreshing: Instead of the government telling you what your organization will get for a procedure, you tell the government the price you're willing to accept. Scott Honiberg, for HealthLeaders Media
December 26, 2008





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