HHS awards $159M in grants to build healthcare workforce; GAO report critical of CMS' lax oversight of state rate setting;

> The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding $159.1 million in grants to shore up the nation's healthcare workforce. About two-thirds will go to fund all levels of nursing education. Press release

> A new Government Accountability Office report chides the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for lax supervision over how states set payment rates for Medicaid managed care plans. It found that different CMS regional offices have been inconsistent in reviewing state compliance with Medicaid requirements for the actuarial soundness of rates. FierceHealthPayer

> Despite the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, health systems in the Milwaukee area have posted strong operating profits. A few have had stellar years, according to the Journal Sentinel. Article

> Merger talks in Florida violated Sunshine Law, which keeps the public aware of how their tax money is spent. If challenged in court, the breaches could potentially scuttle the agreement in which Florida Hospital has leased Bert Fish Medical Center, with plans to buy it within five years. Article

> A needleless syringe attached to an IV line was reused at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. As a result, one patient was contacted to get tested for HIV and hepatitis. Article

And finally... Only the nose knows where it landed. Article