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MRSA Progress Brings Hope for Hospitals' Ability to Adapt
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

No shortage of commentators like myself are predicting that the business of healthcare is about to get a lot more cutthroat. To hear some of them tell it, the unceasing double-digit inflation that has plagued healthcare for years will eventually lead to a race to the bottom, whereby only the most hardy and lean organizations will survive, putting everyone's healthcare at risk.
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  August 13, 2010

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$26 Billion FMAP Extension Bill Signed into Law
President Obama signed into law Tuesday a bill that extends through June 2011 Medicaid's temporary enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage. FMAP helps financially strapped states pay for additional Medicaid coverage under the economic stimulus package. [Read More]
Lawsuit: HMA paid doctors to refer patients to specific hospitals
Talk about one of your biggest no-nos. If true, this whistleblower lawsuit could cost Florida's troubled Health Management Associates big dollars. The former executive of Physicians Regional Medical Center in Naples has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against HMA saying the hospital chain illegally induced physicians with money and favors in exchange for patient referrals. The lawsuit was filed under seal in January by Michael Mastej, the former CEO of the 100-bed hospital when it opened in February 2007. He was terminated eight months later in October 2007. [Read More]
Caritas sale opponents write to Pope
A group of Catholics opposed to the sale of Caritas Christi Health Care to the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI asking him to "call for the cessation of all negotiations with Cerberus. Cerberus and Caritas representatives have said they intend to maintain the religious identity of Boston's Catholic healthcare chain. But a stewardship agreement they negotiated with the Archdiocese of Boston would allow the hospital chain's new owners to terminate its religious affiliation, if it became materially burdensome, in exchange for a $25 million donation to a charity chosen by the archdiocese. [Read More]
Has the Nursing Shortage Disappeared?
Interesting commentary here by my colleague Rebecca Hendren on the nursing shortage—or is that shortage over? Graduating nursing students are preparing to take the NCLEX and are looking for their first jobs. This year, many are finding those first jobs in short supply. Reports are rampant of graduates being unable to find open positions in their specialty of choice, and even more shockingly, many are finding it tough to find any openings at all. [Read More]

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