Medicaid fees for MDs grow more slowly than Medicaid; Ohio hospital cuts staffing costs by $10M;

> Medicaid physician fees went up 15.1 percent between 2003 and 2008, narrowing, but not closing, the gap between Medicare and Medicaid rates. Article

> Surgeon/MBA Dr. Kenneth Cohn suggests a range of ways hospitals can use collaboration to not only improve community health but build their bottom lines as well. Hospital Impact

> Now, sit right back and you'll hear a tale of a hospital that saved $10 on annual staffing costs. (OK, no castaways involved.) Article

> Other health plan gets more serious about real-time claims adjudication: CIGNA has launched a tool which offers real-time pre-care and point-of-care itemized cost estimates for treatment costs. Article

And Finally... Who would have thought they'd ever see that dog again? Article

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