Demand for vasectomies on the rise; Doctors challenge their ratings by insurance companies;

> Over the past year, demand for vasectomy consults has increased by 48 percent, according to Cornell Institute for Reproductive Medicine's surgeon in chief of male reproductive medicine and surgery Dr. Marc Goldstein. Unpublished data from the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weil Cornell Medical Center also reports that nearly 50 percent of patients getting vasectomies worked in the financial industry. Article

> The AMA reports its members can take steps to repair their reputations and appeal poor rankings by major insurance carriers. However, the process can be tedious and time consuming. Article

> The federal stimulus package and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promises to award up to $6.5 million to Michigan hospitals that treat the state's uninsured and rack up debt for uncompensated care. However, the state has not yet officially accepted the funds. Article

> The Medical Leadership Institute released its first annual study of U.S. hospital staff and leadership trends. The Institute surveyed nearly 600 hospitals throughout the country to track composition of medical staffs, specific quality/peer review practices, including hearing panels procedures. Results from 599 hospital medical staff executives are presented overall and in detail by size of medical staff, size of hospital, and hospital ownership. Study

And Finally... Yeah, this should really liven up the joint. Article