OIG recovers $2B from fraudsters; World leaders often dislike their health finance system;

> The HHS OIG has reported that it made more than $2 billion in financial recoveries from fighting fraud and waste during the first half of fiscal '08. Article

> Many world health leaders see major problems with their countries' current healthcare payment system. Article

> A new report from the Government Accountability Office concludes that about 6 percent of all Medicare providers owed taxes to the federal government. Article

> CMS has awarded more than $7 million in incentive payments to top-performing hospitals in its pay-for-performance project. Article

And Finally... This man auctioned off his life--and got surprisingly high bids. Article