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A safety-net hospital falls into financial crisis
New York Times, January 8, 2008
Severe dearth of doctors forecast for Maryland
Washington Post, January 8, 2008
South Carolina hospital rates in dispute
The State, January 8, 2008
Drug spending raises U.S. healthcare tab
AP/Yahoo News, January 8, 2008
France best, U.S. worst in preventable death ranking
Reuters/Yahoo News, January 8, 2008

Spotlight: Welcome to 2008! We're in Debt! I was minding my own business, digging out of the lethargy, weight gain and e-mails that accompany a very rare full week off from work to celebrate the holidays. While I was catching up on the news I missed, I ran across this comforting story with the headline: "$45 trillion gap seen in U.S. benefits." That means the U.S. government is promising $45 trillion more than it can deliver. Read More

Today's Sections

Trends
Drug spending raises U.S. healthcare tab
AP/Yahoo News, January 8, 2008

Norovirus sweeps two Boston hospitals
Boston Globe, January 8, 2008

Lax catheter policies seen at many hospitals
New York Times, January 8, 2008

Fewer patients pick up infection in some North Carolina hospitals
Raleigh News & Observer, January 7, 2008
Legal
South Carolina hospital rates in dispute
The State, January 8, 2008
Business
A safety-net hospital falls into financial crisis
New York Times, January 8, 2008

Evanston Northwestern Healthcare acquires MRI center
Chicago Tribune, January 8, 2008

Wisconsin hospitals running leaner, study finds
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 7, 2008

Birmingham hospital chooses new president
Birmingham News, January 8, 2008

Children's Mercy pins its hopes for top 10 status on research
Kansas City Star, January 8, 2008

Florida's 'medical city' to move off drawing board
Orlando Sentinel, January 7, 2008
Physicians
Severe dearth of doctors forecast for Maryland
Washington Post, January 8, 2008

Truthful discussions are key to effective treatment
Sacramento Bee, January 7, 2008
State/Local Government
Retiree healthcare crisis brewing in California
Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2008

$469,365 missing from the Jefferson (AL) Metropolitan Health Care Authority records
The Birmingham News, January 7, 2008

Indiana's Medicaid signs new deal with EDS
Indianapolis Star, January 7, 2008
Health Plans
Petition drive begins for universal healthcare in Michigan
AP/Chicago Tribune, January 8, 2008
Technology
Surgeons navigating lungs with 3-D maps
Miami Herald, January 8, 2008
Global Healthcare News
France best, U.S. worst in preventable death ranking
Reuters/Yahoo News, January 8, 2008

Video: Patience Pays Off
How a healthcare system successfully transplanted its transplant center. Plus, CEOs who focus on quality, risk and patient safety. HealthLeaders Media
January 3, 2008

Contributed Feature: Before Hiring a Revenue Cycle Firm
Imagine you are on a plane, seated in row 13F, and everything is going smoothly until the pilot makes an unexpected announcement. "Good afternoon, folks," he says. "We've reached our cruising altitude of 31,000 feet, but we have a situation. There's a problem with the wing, but not to worry. The passenger in 13F is going to take care of everything." Now imagine the plane as a metaphor for the revenue cycle. Guess who the passenger in 13F is? Devika Kumar, for HealthLeaders Media
January 7, 2008

Audio: Using the Web to Connect With Patients
Peter Goldschmidt, MD, founder of the Health Improvement Institute in Bethesda, Md, discusses the Web strategies of leading healthcare organizations. Gary Baldwin, for HealthLeaders Media
December 13, 2007

Magazine: Board on the Floor
Quality isn't just for the docs anymore. A growing emphasis on hospital quality is sparking a new governance model that requires trustees to monitor more than just the bottom line. Is your board ready to take charge? Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Magazine
December 13, 2007





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