Many potential organ donors don't participate; LA bill could prevent ending treatment for pregnant coma patients;

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> Only slightly more than half of potential organ donors become eligible donors, according to data released by the Trillium Gift of Life Network in Ontario. Report

> Legislation approved by the Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee could ban families from ending medical treatment for a comatose or otherwise incapacitated pregnant woman, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Article

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> The Medicare program continues to pay hospitals and individual physicians hugely divergent sums for medical procedures, the Fiscal Times reported. Article

> Current and potential cost overruns on a replacement hospital in New York and ongoing VA hospital projects underscore the cost of building such facilities. Article

> Maryland is the only state where regulators set hospital prices and its Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) has come up with a new way to keep costs down--by discouraging readmissions. Article

And Finally… Pomp and faceplants. Article

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