ALSO NOTED: New Orleans officials wrangle over vouchers; FL hospitals defend quality; and much more...

> New Orleans health system leaders continue to wrangle over whether the poor should be cared for by charity hospitals or receive insurance vouchers. Article

> Two Florida hospitals which came out badly in JCAHO measures of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia treatment are defending their performance, suggesting that the scores can be deceptive. Article

> Hospital architects have begun pitching a new "healing environment" design, arguing that there's lots of evidence that good design can influence care outcomes. Article

> State officials are investigating whether staff cuts at Hawaii Medical Centers violated the terms under which Wichita, KS-based CHA acquired the system. Article

> Even with shorter hours, doctors are often sleep-deprived, a new study suggests. Article

And Finally... Firefighting is even more dangerous than it looks. Article