Health execs are energy-cost conscious; VT taxes health plans to pay for physician EMRs;

> A new study has concluded that healthcare executives place more emphasis on energy efficiency than other industry execs, and are more likely to plan on making improvements in this area than executives in other industries. FierceHealthFinance

> In a move that may be the first of its kind in the country, Vermont legislators have created a trust--funded by a quarterly tax on health plans--that will provide support for healthcare providers who want to implement EMRs. FierceHealthIT

> Merck and Schering-Plough saw two more strikes leveled at their cholesterol combo med Vytorin this week. These include a new trial suggesting that Vytorin doesn't benefit patients with heart-valve disease any more than a placebo, and research finding a statistically significant increase in cancer cases--and deaths from cancer--among Vytorin patients. FiercePharma

> The U.K.'s chief medical officer is predicting that new vaccines will be available within five to 10 years that can protect hospital patients against deadly superbugs that kill thousands of people every year. What's more, he believes that in the same time frame, a vaccine will be approved that can help eradicate MRSA and clostridium difficile in the community, hospitals and nursing homes. FierceVaccines

And Finally... I know housing prices are high these days, but this is going too far. Article

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