ALSO NOTED: First Consulting names Ferguson CEO; Grassley in HHS confrontation; and much more...

> There was an interesting showdown at the Department of Health and Human Services as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) marched in the front door and demanded access to hospital-acquired infection data. Article

> Lawyers for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine asked a judge to expedite review of two lawsuits that have blocked efforts to pursue stem cell research in the state. Article

>The Guardian reports that it was able to order materials by mail that could allow for the assembly of the smallpox virus. Article

> Chutes & Ladders: First Consulting Group has named Larry Ferguson CEO. Ferguson comes to the consultancy from First Data Health Systems. Article

> Memorial Sloan Kettering opens a new $70 million surgical center equipped with all the latest bells, whistles and scanners. Article

> Healthcare Realty Trust will pay $65 million to acquire an Indianapolis orthopedic hospital. Article

And Finally... Homicide detectives are investigating a shooting in the employee parking lot at City of Hope National Medical Center that claimed two lives. Article