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Floridians, Meet Your New Governor...Rick Scott?
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Don King is infamous for his catchphrase, "Only in America!" The much-derided boxing promoter usually delivers that line while grinning ear-to-ear and holding at least one tiny American flag. Many people of goodwill cringe when they see it, and roll their eyes. It's insincere, unctuous, tasteless, and it's probably true.
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  August 27, 2010

Editor's Picks
Consumer-Directed Plans Surge as Employers Try to Control Costs
The predicted death of consumer-directed health plans has apparently been greatly exaggerated. In fact, their growth has accelerated even in the face of healthcare reform legislation, which tightens the screws on the amounts people can save in health savings accounts, a key component of such plans, otherwise known as high-deductible health plans. My colleague Cora Nucci has some interesting data to share about their growth from none other than the GAO. [Read More]
Moffitt Cancer Center discovers patient consent was falsified for study
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center has revealed that it is investigating whether hundreds of patient signatures were falsified on documents enrolling them in the hospital's largest cancer research study. William Dalton, MD, Moffitt's president and CEO, said that an employee admitted falsifying a patient signature on a consent form, sparking an investigation that uncovered 492 questionable signatures. [Read More]
Metro Detroit hospital projects draw scrutiny
Employers and unions are attacking several metro Detroit hospital expansion and revitalization projects, saying that the projects will end up being paid for through higher health insurance premiums and medical costs. I know, it's like the lion laying down with the lamb. Although the study does admit that the projects will add a boost to the area's struggling economy, it says a parts of a $500 million planned project for Henry Ford Health System and an $850 million group of projects planned by Detroit Medical Center, may be unnecessary. [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
Calif. approves average 14% Wellpoint rate hike
Reuters, August 26, 2010
Medical Isotope Shortage Sparks Reductions in Imaging Procedures
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2010
CBO: Reform Law Could Reduce Deficit in 2020
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2010
Southern Nevada Unveils Accelerated RN Program
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2010
Healthcare law backers plan counteroffensive
Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2010
Twin Cities' Children's Hospital plans up to 250 job cuts
Pioneer Press, August 26, 2010
Seattle Children's CEO Invents Cheap Ventilator to Save Babies Worldwide
Xconomy, August 26, 2010
High-tech knee holds promise for veterans
The New York Times, August 19, 2010


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Audio Feature

State of Nonprofit Healthcare
Listen to my interview with Bruce McPherson, president and CEO of the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Healthcare, about something that's been little discussed lately: tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals and health facilities. This is a very complicated issue, and many speculate that as healthcare reform legislation ramps up, there will be less of a perceived need for this subsidy. Surprisingly, Bruce agrees the tax exemption will likely become a tempting political target. It's an interesting conversation.[Listen Now]