Hospital employment leveling off; COBRA enrollment spiking; Health plan rescissions under fire in reform talks;

> Hospital employment fell a bit in August, with the industry shedding about 700 positions. That's still a sign that payroll decreases are leveling off, however, given that the decrease is a small fraction of the industry's 4.7 million job base. Article

> Health plan policy rescissions--a major source of controversy in California of late--seem to have come back to bite the health insurance industry politically, which is increasingly being cast as the "bad guy" in reform talks. FierceHealthcare

> While hospitals were ready to take some risks between 2004 and 2007, they've faced staggering investment losses since then. Now, even the conservative facilities have gotten even more so, notes columnist Michelle Ponte. Article

And Finally... OK, we get it, she was hot. But couldn't you finish making your getaway first? Article