CMS lauches fifth annual medicare provider satisfaction survey; Obesity rivals smoking as a danger to 'quality of life';

> CMS has launched its fifth annual health care provider satisfaction survey of the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) contractors that process and pay more than $370 billion in Medicare claims each year. Press release

> According to a report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, obesity now rivals smoking as a "threat to quality of life," reports MedPage Today. "In 2008, the quality-adjusted life years lost due to obesity is slightly higher than the quality-adjusted life years lost due to smoking," said Haomiao Jia, PhD, one of the report's authors. Article

> Oregon hospitals in 2008 had their worst performance in five years, earning half of the profit they enjoyed in 2007, according to audited financial data filed with the Oregon Office of Health Policy and Research. FierceHealthFinance

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