CMS boosts hospital rates; Home health 'market basket' increased;

> CMS has announced that it will give hospitals an inflation increase of 2.1 percent for fiscal 2010, despite proposing to cut payments by 1.9 percent previously. Article

> Home health companies will get a 2.2 percent market basket update to the home health PPS for calendar year 2010, while outlier payments will be capped at 10 percent per agency, according to CMS. Article

> The IRS has released new training materials designed to help non-profits navigate the latest version of reporting Form 990. Article

> Need to scope out the costs and justify the benefits of your planned IT implementation? This new guide from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality may help. FierceHealthIT

And Finally... Call me a sourpuss, but by about the fifth zoo, I'd have a headache, my feet would hurt, and I wouldn't care about the cute duckies any more. Article