AHA wants CMS to pay more for inpatient psych; McAllen, TX says it's not a bad example;

> The American Hospital Association is asking CMS to consider using a separate method for updating inpatient psychiatric facility payments, noting that hospital-based facilities had a negative 9.8 percent margin in 2007. Article

> Healthcare leaders in McAllen, TX have been on the defensive since an article highlighted it as having the second highest spending on Medicare in the country. Now, doctors there are fighting back. Article

> Retail clinics are continuing to snag insurance contracts. MinuteClinic has become a participating provider in plans offered by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Article

> Health premiums for families are continuing to rise, with the average hitting $12,680 per year last year, according to a new report. Article

And Finally... This man was obviously in the wrong, but still, what he did sounds like a blast. Article