Uninsured one-fifth of ED patients in '06; AMA says health plans waste $200B/year on claims processing;

> Uninsured persons accounted for almost one-fifth of the 120 million hospital-based emergency department visitors who came through the doors in 2006, according to new data from HHS. Article

> Continuing its campaign to slap errant health plans into shape, the American Medical Association is claiming that health insurers waste $200 billion a year on inefficiencies in their claims processes. Article

> The HFMA continues to keep a close eye on Capitol Hill deliberations over the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. This week execs sent a nice, friendly letter to Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) reminding them that it might be slightly rash to take the exemptions away. Article

> Oh, to get even one piece of good news...well, here it is. It seems that Americans' confidence in their health insurance coverage and access to healthcare coverage actually rose slightly in June. (Happy now?) Article

And Finally... A 55-pound Moon Pie sounds like a lovely tribute to me. (Who says anniversaries have to be solemn?) Article