Hospices need approval for long stays; Michigan hospitals fight obesity with nutritious food options;

> Four people in Houston were found guilty of defrauding the Medicare program in a $5.2 million home health scheme. Press release, Article

> New government rules require physicians or nurse practitioners to re-evalute the medical necessity of patients who have been on hospice longer than six months, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Article

> An audit released yesterday found that several hospitals are placing women at risk due to long wait times for mammograms, reports the New York Times. Article

> Fifty Michigan hospitals have joined a statewide initiative to fight obesity by providing healthy food options for patients, staff and visitors, reports the Detroit News. The goal is for all 140 Michigan hospitals to join the Healthy Food Hospitals. Article

> More hospitals are tuning to palliative care to control costs and improve outcomes, as 59 percent of hospitals with more than 50 beds include such care program, reports the Bend Bulletin for the Washington Post. Article

And Finally... Nothing like a hot cup of coffee--and roasted peas--to start your day. Article