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Daschle lays out a plan to overhaul healthcare
New York Times, January 9, 2009
Atlanta hospitals reject Grady Memorial's plea for help
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 9, 2009
California ruling removes billing headache from emergency room visits
Los Angeles Times, January 9, 2009
Power shifts at interim Louisiana State University hospital
New Orleans Times-Picayune, January 9, 2009
Study: Healthcare overhaul needn't break bank
Reuters/Yahoo News, January 9, 2009

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Today's Sections

Federal Government
Daschle lays out a plan to overhaul healthcare
New York Times, January 9, 2009

Study: Healthcare overhaul needn't break bank
Reuters/Yahoo News, January 9, 2009
Finance
Atlanta hospitals reject Grady Memorial's plea for help
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 9, 2009
Legal
California ruling removes billing headache from emergency room visits
Los Angeles Times, January 9, 2009

Judge to hear Alabama hospital debate
Birmingham News/Huntsville Times, January 9, 2009
Business
Power shifts at interim Louisiana State University hospital
New Orleans Times-Picayune, January 9, 2009

Tenet subsidiary plans hospital closing
MSN Money, January 9, 2009

Hospitals scale back on robots, infusion devices in tough economy
Wall Street Journal (blog), January 9, 2009

Michigan hospitals add services in tough times
Detroit Free Press, January 8, 2009

Aurora Health Care acquires Illinois physicians group
The Business Journal of Milwaukee, January 8, 2009
State/Local Government
Missouri expands health services for low-income women
St. Louis Business Journal, January 9, 2009

TennCare can seek savings by reviewing eligibility of plaintiffs in old lawsuit
The Tennessean, January 9, 2009

Alabama legislator: Divert taxes for hospital to pay sewer debt
Birmingham News, January 8, 2009
Health Plans
CIGNA loses Medicare contract
The Tennessean, January 9, 2009
Global Healthcare News
China plans major revamp of public hospitals
AP/Yahoo News, January 9, 2009

Commentary: Ready or Not, Here Come the RACs
Recovery audit contractors are coming, if not this year then next. And they will be authorized to look through your Medicare filings with a start date of Oct. 1, 2007. Are you ready? John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media
January 7, 2009

Commentary: Five Health Insurance Predictions for 2009
Congress will cover more children and cut Medicare Advantage payments to private insurers this year, but 2009 will be a year of minor reforms, and plenty of debate and discussion rather than action. Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media
January 7, 2009

Contributed Feature: Using Report Cards to Tell Your Hospital's Quality Improvement Story
The hospital industry is in the middle of a storm—a "quest for quality" storm. As government and other industry groups continue to make changes and issue mandates aimed at improving care practices and quality in America, hospitals need to closely look at report cards as a tool to document their course through the storm, toward improvement and best possible care, says contributor Veronica Hunt. Veronica Hunt, for HealthLeaders Media
January 7, 2009

Audio: Marketing's Role in Community Benefit Reporting
Patsy Metheny, an independent community benefit consultant, talks about the role of hospital and health system marketers in reporting community benefit activities. Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media
January 5, 2009





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