MEDPac recommends hospital increases; Healthcare IT spent $21B in 2007;

> The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its March report to Congress. Its recommendations include increases in payment rates for the acute inpatient and outpatient prospective systems in 2010. Article

> New research has concluded that the healthcare and social assistance sector of the U.S. economy spent $21.4 billion on information and communication technology equipment and computer software in 2007. Article

> Spending on healthcare for seniors is rising at dramatically different rates in different regions of the country, according to a new analysis of Medicare spending. Article

> Evidence continues to mount that Americans are cutting back on healthcare utilization. A Kaiser Family Foundation healthcare tracking poll found that many have been putting off or skipping treatments due to cost over the past year. Article

And Finally... As I see it, sewing your lips shut makes it harder to protest, but there's no accounting for style. Article