Financial challenges worry hospital CEOs; MGMA is hopeful Project SwipeIT will be successful;

> When asked what was the most worrisome problem for the upcoming year, hospital CEOs all agreed that financial challenges ranked at the top according to a survey conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives. Press Release

> Will standardized, machine-readable patient ID cards be ready by Jan. 1, 2010? The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) hopes that Project SwipeIT can make it so. Article

> Obesity management continues to be a major challenge to health plans as the prevalence continues to rise. The relationship of BMI and serious co-morbid conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia and Obstructive Sleep Apnea, has been well documented. But although the cost of these patients is high, few payers are able to identify or track patients by BMI. FiercePharma

And Finally... It can be hard to avoid these foods, but it's beneficial if you can. Article