ALSO NOTED: C. difficile outbreak in the U.K.; Kaiser offers nurse buyouts; and much more...

> There's been a virulent clostridium difficile outbreak in hospitals in south-central England, resulting in 90 deaths to date. Article

> Kaiser Permanente has begun offering buyout and transfering packages to some of its licensed vocational nurses, with an eye to staffing facilities with higher-skilled nurses. Article

> Empire Health has agreed to sell two Spokane, WA-based hospitals to Community Health Systems. As part of the deal, CHS will make $100 million in capital improvements to the hospitals. Article

> Atlanta's troubled Grady Memorial Hospital should see a record $50 million to $55 million deficit this year, despite getting $20 million in extra county funding. Article

And Finally... Folks, meet the 'chocolate bug.' Article