UnitedHealth Group sends Dow soaring; Super-sized healthcare trends;

News From Around the Web

> UnitedHealth Group was among four stocks that helped the Dow Jones Industrials soar in November, reported the Motley Fool. The insurer was joined by JPMorgan Chase, Merck and Microsoft. Article

> Dallas' Parkland Hospital improperly billed for outpatient dental services that did not meet Medicare requirements, leading to $743,582 in overpayments, according to an audit from the Office of Inspector General. Report (.pdf)

> Insurance companies charging higher premiums to tobacco users not only have to trust applicants to report their tobacco use truthfully but also have no way to enforce honesty when applicants answer questions about tobacco use, the Des Moine Register reported. Article

Healthcare Provider News

> Healthcare leaders must adapt to regulatory, technology, medical and market changes that are forcing the re-invention of healthcare, including 10 "megatrends," according to report from Mannett Health Solutions. Article

> The Affordable Care Act is not only altering the U.S. health insurance system and the way Americans obtain coverage, but it is also changing the way hospitals operate, NPR reported. Article

And Finally... The old "Zombies made me do it" excuse. Article