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> The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) may not have the clout of the AMA, but it's doing what it can on the lobbying front nonetheless. It's meeting with legislators on Capitol Hill to ask them to stop the planned 10 percent Medicare reimbursement cut. Article

> Tenet has struck a deal with Aetna which extends the Aetna network to all of the chain's 60 subsidiary-owned or operated hospitals. Article

> Kmart has expanded its low-cost generics program to 70 additional medications. Under the program, consumers can get a 90-day supply of certain generics for $15. Article

> Boston-area Hallmark Health System has made a big turnaround after years of debt and red ink. Article

> In an effort to push medical data quickly to physicians and hospitals, the Army is giving thousands of battlefield medics handheld wireless devices which they can use to collect patient data and record treatments. FierceHealthIT

And Finally...  Research proves it: There really never could have been a Ministry of Silly Walks. Article