Hospitals waste $12B annually on poor communication; 17 percent of private health plan enrollees in high-deductible plans;

> Researchers have concluded that U.S. hospitals waste $12 billion per year, or 2 percent of hospital revenue nationwide, due to poor communication. Article

> According to new data from the CDC, 17.3 percent of people under 65 years of age with private health plans were enrolled in a high-deductible plan in 2007. Article

> Most consumers enrolled in Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit plans didn't choose the lowest-cost drug plan offered in their area in 2006, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Article

> CMS has announced its final policy on testing for obstructive sleep apnea, which allows coverage for specific sleep tests used to confirm the diagnosis in patients with signs and symptoms of the condition. Article

And Finally... Someday, our children may look up in the sky at one of man's greatest accomplishments and think, "Colbert..." Article

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