HHS funds high risk pools; Finance execs get pay hike;

> HHS has awarded more than $49 million in grants to 30 states with high-risk pools to provide health insurance to otherwise uninsurable patients. Article

> Financial professionals saw a 4.5 percent pay hike across all industries last year, with the biggest compensation growth to be found in the treasury/finance category. Meanwhile, CFO cash compensation in healthcare organizations rose 14.1 percent between January 2005 and January 2007. Article and Article

> One rural Texas hospital may be forced to close its doors unless it finds a buyer, borne down by rising debts generated by uninsured patients. Article

>EMR vendor Sevocity will offer up to $100,000 to assist small to medium sized clinics and community health centers in Georgia and South Carolina to encourage the adoption of EMR technology. Article

And Finally... There's drunk, there's pickled, then there's this guy. Article