ALSO NOTED: HCA sells WV hospital; Appeals court dismisses MD's conviction; and much more...

> The state of Mississippi will audit the Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) due to questions on how the MHA administers the state's disproportionate-share program. Report

> In Virginia, a federal appeals court dismissed the conviction of William E. Hurwitz. In 2004 Hurwitz was convicted of operating a drug conspiracy and improperly prescribing drugs to his patients. Article

> Yesterday, The New York Times ran a piece that put a positive spin on our country's high level of healthcare spending. Now head over to The HealthCare Blog to watch Matthew Holt poke holes in the "healthcare as economic driver" argument. Blog

> The troubled, NJ-based Kessler Memorial Hospital is teaming up with South Jersey Healthcare, which will invest in the financially struggling institution. Report

> HCA is selling its last West Virginia hospital--Putnam General Hospital in Hurricane--to the CAMC Health System. Report

And Finally... Healthcare execs aren't expecting a "fair and balanced" view of the industry when Michael Moore's Sicko opens next year. Article