ALSO NOTED: CON restrictions pondered in Tennessee; Ore. ED use less than expected; and much more...

> Tennessee legislators are kicking around a measure that would restructure the state's Certificate of Need program. Article

> Despite widespread assumptions to the contrary, it seems that nonemergency visits to Oregon's emergency departments aren't that common. Article

> Oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens has given $100 million to some prominent Texas healthcare organizations. Article

> The U.N. health chief is blasting countries that refuse to share their bird flu virus samples, arguing that such sharing is critical to prepare for a possible pandemic. Article

And Finally...  It's a ghoulish condition, but somehow she survived it. Article