Cardiologists linked to fewer readmissions than hospitalists; Healthcare CFOs optimistic about industry growth;

> Healthcare CFOs are more optimistic about their sector than CFOs in other industries, according to a new survey from GE Capital. However, the healthcare finance execs remain pessimistic about the overall economy. FierceHealthFinance

> Heart failure patients treated by cardiologists, rather than hospitalists, have fewer readmissions, concludes new research presented at an American Heart Association scientific meeting. Readmissions remain low even when cardiologists see more severe heart failure cases. Announcement (.pdf)

> A patient died in a fire yesterday at Durham (N.C.) Regional Hospital, the Charlotte Observer reported. The fire also injured three people and forced more than 40 patients to evacuate the sixth floor. Article

MRSA infections acquired outside hospital settings are on the rise, prevalent at U.S. wastewater treatment plants, according to a new University of Maryland study. Although researchers don't know the potential environmental sources of MRSA, they suspect it comes from infected people shedding it from noses and skin and through their feces. Statement

And Finally… "Guys, I'm alive, pinch me." Article