Friday, November 19, 2010

The It's Friday! Edition

I don't know about you, but this was one of the longest weeks in history and I'm completely zonked. Still, the work goes on, so here's today's reading:

The NY Times explains how the Republican gains in State government will affect health reform -- and it's not pretty.

The food safety bill moved forward in the Senate yesterday. There will be debate, and then a final vote. It's looking good.

In California, PPOs get low marks for customer service. This is consistent with our recent experience with Anthem of California, which is giving incorrect instructions on how to file appeals. Glad to see somebody noticed.

If you have an FSA, you have to empty it by the end of the year. Here are some tips on how to do so.

USA Today says hospital errors are preventable, and suggests ways in which we might do better.

With the population of Baby Boomers aging, can we reduce the number of disabilities? Experts on aging say maybe.

The Wall St. Journal reports on a study that says that one of the major drivers of increasing health care costs is hospitals.

It looks like there's agreement on postponing the Medicare rate cuts for doctors, but only for one month, putting off to the next Congress what is an increasingly pressing problem requiring a solution.

And that's it for the morning round-up. Enjoy! Jennifer

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