Patient panel tweaks could improve PCP access; 174 percent surge in blood infection costs led hospital cost hikes;

> Busy primary-care practices can use computerized models to help them to significantly stretch capacity during a physician shortage, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. FiercePracticeManagement
> Although health insurers have gotten the most attention for raising prices over the past few years, hospital costs haven't exactly been on a decline. In fact, inflation-adjusted hospital costs skyrocketed 24.6 percent to $343 billion from 2001 to 2007, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). FierceHealthFinance

> Bank of America Corp. could be at the forefront of a growing trend. Next year it will institute a health insurance plan that ties salary levels to contribution levels, reports the Charlotte Observer. FierceHealthPayer

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