ALSO NOTED: ASC case volume, revenue to grow; 'Free care' visits to MA hospitals drop; and much more...

> According to a Deutsche Bank's survey of ambulatory surgery centers, respondents expect to see case volume grow 3 percent in 2008, and revenue per case grow about 2 percent. Article

> "Free care" visits to Massachusetts hospitals seem to be plummeting, a change officials say can be credited to the state's universal coverage program. FierceHealthcare

> While all but one of the country's publicly-traded health plans saw profits grow by more than 10 percent last year, financial analysts still aren't happy. They want to see plans reduce their payouts for medical services. Article

> CIOs say investing in technology that prevents medication errors is their top priority this year. FierceHealthIT

And Finally... If someone put a gun to my head, I'd give up my tacos--but apparently, this guy was hungry. Article