ALSO NOTED: Illicit organ trade thriving in China; RFID bracelets linked to EMR; and much more...

> Spiraling costs leave government with little choice but to intervene in healthcare. However, the lessons of Medicare Part D suggest that there is a right and a wrong way to do it, argues Highmark CEO Kenneth Melani. Article

> "Crimeware" programs that secretly log user keystrokes are set to become the most serious computer security issue, according to The New York Times. That, of course, is troubling news for healthcare, where data leaks have become all too common. Article

> A series of NIH-funded studies designed to lay to rest popular theories about alternative medicines is having little effect, The Washington Post reports. Article

> With no laws on the books governing organ transplants, China appears set to become a major exporter of human organs. Japan's Ashai Shimbun reports that a growing number of Japanese are going to the country for transplants. Article

> Although most people outside the industry would never guess it, hospitals face serious environmental challenges. The Green Hospital Project at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is trying to take on the problem. Article

> The da Vinci robotic surgical system is gaining traction in Chicago-area hospitals, where use has spread from leading teaching hospitals. Article

> Governor Mitt Romney's ambitious plan to provide healthcare to all  Massachusetts residents appears to be dead. Article.

> In the UK, surgery patients at one local hospital will be provided with RFID-equipped bracelets that link into the facility's EMR system. Article

And Finally... A retired doctor is suing GlaxoSmithKline, charging that drug company's Parkinson's drug Requip was responsible for his $15 million loss on the tables in Las Vegas. Article