In This Issue:

- FTC Hospital Merger Investigation Highlights Cost of Health Care

- Survey Finds Doctors Warming to Health Information Exchanges

- Health Insurance Markets Seeing More Competition from New Law

- Watchdog Considers Medicare Hospice Care Payments

- Just 9.8 Percent of Doctors Meeting EHR "Meaningful Use" Rules

- Seniors Called to Help as Pursuit of Medicare Fraud Continues

- Lax Standards for Personal Care Aides Cause Concerns

- Health Care Providers Boosting Interpreters to Help Immigrants

- More Doctors Show Interest in MBAs to Deal with Health Reform

- Excerpt from FTC Hospital Merger Investigation Highlights Cost of Health Care:

The Federal Trade Commission's unusual investigation of the aftermath of the Evanston-Highland Park deal produced its first successful antitrust case against a hospital merger since 1990, after a string of defeats in court. The investigation should draw policy makers' attention to an elephant in the room that appears to have been overlooked in the debate over how to rein in the galloping cost of health care: a lack of competition in what is now America's biggest business -- accounting for almost 18 percent of the nation's gross domestic product.

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