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Massachusetts agency seeks to cover 30,000 more uninsured
Boston Globe, May 9, 2008
Web site to help Georgians make decisions about healthcare
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 9, 2008
Blue Cross of Minnesota dropping its contract with Healthways
Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 9, 2008
Texas hospital shifts patients to another facility amid shortage of neurosurgeons
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 8, 2008
Two percent of New York state doctors on watch list
New York Times, May 8, 2008

Spotlight: Share or Else I am constantly telling my children that they need to share a favorite toy or neither will get to play with it. Turns out some rural and community hospitals may need to learn that same lesson. Read More

Today's Sections

Health Plans
Invention could solve resistant disease dilemma
Foster's Daily Democrat, May 8, 2008

Independence Blue Cross, PA-based system agree on reimbursement contracts
Philadelphia Business Journal, May 9, 2008

Blue Cross of Minnesota dropping its contract with Healthways
Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 9, 2008
Technology
Web site to help Georgians make decisions about healthcare
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 9, 2008
Business
Blue Island, IL, hospital to get second chance, new name
Chicago Tribune, May 9, 2008

Texas hospital shifts patients to another facility amid shortage of neurosurgeons
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 8, 2008

New leader hired for UConn Health Center
Hartford Courant, May 9, 2008

Center to add healthcare in Buffalo
Business First of Buffalo, May 9, 2008

Excela Health buys Pennsylvania hospital
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 8, 2008
Physicians
Two percent of New York state doctors on watch list
New York Times, May 8, 2008

Medical know-how raises suicide risk for doctors
AP/USA Today, May 9, 2008
State/Local Government
North Carolina denies hospital plans
Raleigh News & Observer, May 8, 2008

Loan to help fund North Carolina hospital expansion
Raleigh News & Observer, May 8, 2008
Federal Government
Hard sell to Medicare insurance buyers would get softer under new rules
New York Times, May 9, 2008
Trends
Florida group steps in when doctor bill is bitter pill
St. Petersburg Times, May 9, 2008

Audio: Staying Legal
Michael Dermer, president and CEO of IncentOne, talks about legal and tax implications of incentive program design. He will be part of an audioconference on the topic on May 13. Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media
April 2008

Commentary: A Custom Call-to-Action
Wouldn’t it be cool if your hospital’s phone number was so memorable that your customers—including referring physicians and patients—didn’t even have to look it up? Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media
May 7, 2008

Audio: An Expanded Look
Carolyn Scanlan, president and CEO of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, explains how the state's annual infection report is encouraging the state's 165 acute care hospitals to work for improvement. Maureen Larkin, for HealthLeaders Media
May 8, 2008

Contributed Feature: Does Performance Really Matter?
Recently CMS indicated its intention to move forward with measures to support value-based purchasing, a system where Medicare pays hospitals based on the quality of care delivered and patient outcomes. However, CMS failed to state whether the value-based model will transition healthcare to a new model or create the worst case scenario, a hybrid model where performance only partially counts and regulation requirements remain heavy. Trent Haywood, MD, for HealthLeaders Media
May 8, 2008





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