ALSO NOTED: NJ hospitals in the red; Hospital pharmacists are scarce; and much more...

> Yet another state hospital group has only gloom and doom to report. Nearly 40 percent of New Jersey hospitals operated in the red during 2005, with profit margins at 2 percent or lower, according to research from the New Jersey Hospital Association. Release

> Vacancy rates for hospital staff pharmacists continue to climb. Article

> A new study suggests that limits on green cards for international nurses, who represent about 15 percent of newly-licensed nurses in the U.S., could further exacerbate the U.S. nursing shortage. Release

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is relocating to a new facility housing 1,000 more employees. Article

> HealthCare Advantage, a Florida-based vendor of discount healthplans, has settled charges that it violated Vermont's Consumer Fraud Act.  Article

> Genesis HealthCare has acquired six skilled nursing and assisted living centers in West Virginia. Article

> Chinese leaders face a long, hard road in reforming the country's healthcare system. Article

> A South African doctor vents about patients who know enough to research their conditions on the Internet, but not enough to make proper use of the information. Blog

> A rebellion in the works? New York doctors meet to discuss how they quit the managed care contracting business. Blog

> Privacy concerns slow EMR push. Report

> Case study: U of Pittsburgh develops with vendors. Report

> Federal agencies are placing a new emphasis on the power of IT to foster healthcare industry changes--budgeting nearly $5 billion for infrastructure upgrades and improved network connectivity. Report

> Case Study: U of Chicago plans $70M EMR overhaul. Report

And Finally… They say you can't be a little bit pregnant, but sometimes, it seems, you can. Article