Cuts to new scheduling system to save VA $37M this year; Hospital costs 55 percent higher in Mass., than national average

> The decision to stop work on an online appointment-scheduling system will save the Department of Veterans Affairs $37 million this year, or about two-thirds of the projected $54 million in savings from halting 12 IT programs department-wide. FierceHealthIT

> Hospital costs throughout the U.S. are constantly on the rise, but nowhere more so than in Massachusetts, where they rose to more than 55 percent above the national average in 2007. The culprit? A combination of expensive clinical service usage, fewer manufacturing companies and "heavy reliance on teaching hospitals," according to a recent report co-authored by Alan Sager, a professor of healthcare finance at Boston University's School of Public Health. FierceHealthcare

> Four community health centers in Milwaukee were rewarded $1 million total--$250,000 per facility--by the GE Foundation and the GE Corporate Diversity Council to improve primary care access for uninsured patients. Article

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