Senate fails to repeal tax-filing requirement; Harm resulting from medical care is still common for patients;

> Despite its unpopularity, the Senate did not repeal a requirement of healthcare reform that all transactions of more than $600 be recorded with an IRS-approved 1099 form, reports the New York Times. The intent is to raise tax revenues to help pay for expanded healthcare coverage. Article

> Efforts to improve patient safety continue to face huge obstacles, as a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests up to 20 percent of hospital patients are harmed by their care. Article

> Kaiser Permanente has donated $10.5 million to community efforts in California, including $7.5 million to Oakland schools, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Article

And finally ... Keeping abreast of payments. Article