Ingenix to audit Alabama Medicaid claims: Potential bellwether?; Pediatric drug spending growing fast;

> Ingenix, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, has inked a two-year, performance-based contract to audit claims for the Alabama Medicaid Agency, and the agreement could be a sign of the way the auditing wind is blowing for hospitals and other providers across the country. FierceHealthFinance

> Spending on drugs for kids under 19 grew 10.8 percent last year, according to a new report from Medco Health Solutions. That's bigger growth than in any other age group--almost four times the growth in any other group, in fact. FiercePharma

> People who carry belly fat into middle age are predisposed to developing dementia and Alzheimer's, researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine have concluded. Article

And Finally... Wow, some people must really hate making cold calls. Article