UPMC fight with Highmark; Forum repays Medicare;

> The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is on the verge of being pushed out of a five-year partnership with insurer Highmark to create cost-effective cancer treatment protocols, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. Article

> Forum Health, the bankrupt Ohio hospital system on the verge of being purchased by Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, has agreed to repay Medicare $2.8 million for overcharges involving the misuse of patient discharge status code 06 combined with condition code 42 from Jan. 1, 2003, through Jan. 13, 2009, reports the Nashville Business Journal. Article

> The American Hospital Association paid $4.2 million in lobbying fees during second-quarter 2010, reports the Associated Press in Bloomberg Businessweek. Article

And Finally ... The raisins made me do it. Article