CA P4P programs don't pay enough to motivate; Discussing end-of-life can lower costs;

> A recently-released study of California pay-per-performance programs suggests that the program's financial incentives weren't large enough to generate real changes in physician behavior. Article

> If physicians discuss end-of-life care with advanced cancer patients, it appears to lower healthcare costs in the final weeks of life over those that do not. Article

> New research suggests that healthcare costs are putting the U.S. at a comparative disadvantage. Article

> Indiana's St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has decided to postpone a $265 million building project that would construct an inpatient bed tower at its Indianapolis campus. Article

And Finally... Would you like fries with that? Hello? Can anybody hear me? Article