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WellPoint settles with California hospitals over rescissions
Los Angeles Times, July 8, 2008
Financial troubles push Hospital Partners of America to put facilities on the market
Houston Chronicle, July 7, 2008
More Texas doctors opting out of Medicare
Houston Chronicle, July 7, 2008
Money, ads give healthcare top political billing
AP/Yahoo News, July 8, 2008
New Zealand healthcare company has an eye on U.S. customers
Washington Post, July 8, 2008

Spotlight: The ED Stands Alone A growing number of hospitals are considering freestanding emergency departments as a way to reach more patients and improve efficiency. But not everyone is convinced such facilities are everything they claim to be. Read More

Today's Sections

Legal
WellPoint settles with California hospitals over rescissions
Los Angeles Times, July 8, 2008

California doctor gets 10 years in 'rent-a-patient' scam
AP/San Francisco Chronicle, July 8, 2008

Terminated neonatal director is awarded $4.95 million
Kansas City Star, July 7, 2008
Business
Financial troubles push Hospital Partners of America to put facilities on the market
Houston Chronicle, July 7, 2008

Changes begin at Cape Cod Healthcare
Boston Globe, July 8, 2008

Four named as finalists for top job at Atlanta hospital
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 8, 2008

Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse will open at the former Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 8, 2008
Physicians
More Texas doctors opting out of Medicare
Houston Chronicle, July 7, 2008

Pricey drugs put squeeze on doctors
Wall Street Journal (subscription required), July 8, 2008

Troubled drug program for California doctors shuts down
Sacramento Bee, July 7, 2008
Federal Government
Money, ads give healthcare top political billing
AP/Yahoo News, July 8, 2008

CDC campaign hopes to make U.S. a healthier nation
USA Today, July 8, 2008

CMS releases 2009 OPPS and ASC proposed rule
Bryn Evans, for HCPro, Inc., July 8, 2008
Global Healthcare News
New Zealand healthcare company has an eye on U.S. customers
Washington Post, July 8, 2008

Europeans take beauty trip to United States
Wall Street Journal (subscription required), July 8, 2008
Health Plans
Pennsylvania insurers' merger talks set to open
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 8, 2008

Deadlock spurs New Jersey hospital to cancel Horizon contract
Newark Star-Ledger, July 7, 2008

Audio: Marketing to Boomers: Partnerships
Tom Campbell, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ, discusses how the hospital's partnership with a nationally-known celebrity chef helps attract baby boomers. Bob Wertz, for HealthLeaders Media
July 1, 2008

Audio: Cardio Payment Changes
Steve Blades, president of the Cardiovascular Outpatient Center Alliance, says his membership is concerned about proposed Medicare reimbursement changes. Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media
July 7, 2008

Magazine: The Supply Store, Reinvented
An Indiana hospital caters to patients' needs and boosts revenue with its new home care store. Molly Rowe, for HealthLeaders Magazine
June 13, 2008

Contributed Feature: The Financial Case For a Transitional Care Unit
Few things in the delivery of healthcare services have been so obfuscated by uncertain health policy, regulation, and reimbursement as have Medicare-certified hospital-based skilled nursing facilities. Hospitals that sought to operate units, mandated by Congress as an entitled benefit of the nation's elders, have been frustrated in their mission and denied the opportunity to serve the common health. But consultant Matt McGillick says hospitals can use a transitional care unit to achieve the same purpose at greater profitability. Matt McGillick, for HealthLeaders Media
July 7, 2008





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