Business report on healthcare pleases Dems; Children's hospitals protest funding cuts;

> Democrats are delighted with a new report from the Business Roundtable on healthcare costs, concluding that the right package of legislative reforms could shave $3,000 per employee off of expected healthcare costs. Article

> U.S. children's hospitals have come together to oppose provisions in pending reform legislation which could reduce their federal funding by up to $876 million. This could have a significant and disproportionate effect on their operations, members said. Article

> Kaiser Permanente's Oregon unit has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle charges that it submitted false Medicare billings for its hospice program. Article

> A Texas hospital network has decided to decline available tax breaks for economic development, arguing that the breaks may actually impose more of a burden than they're worth. Article

And Finally... Here's a fund raising effort worth considering, at least if you're adventurous. Article


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