Democrats may tax health benefits; Median PPO deductible rises to $1000;

> While Obama attacked McCain about his plan to tax health benefits, now some Congressional Democrats are thinking about doing just that, although in a more limited way. Article

> A full four-fifths of PPO health plans require a deductible, and the median deductible is now $1000 (up from $500 last year). Article

> Emdeon has launched the U.S. Healthcare Efficiency Index to monitor the switch from paper transactions to electronic ones; it estimates that the potential savings for claims-related transactions is nearly $30 billion. Article

> Two studies have shown that reimbursements for vaccines have fallen perilously low, with many doctors considering not providing them anymore to avoid the loss of money. FierceHealthcare

And Finally... This bottle traveled 400 miles in 39 years. Article