Dispute Between Hospital, Insurer Highlight Health Reform Challenge

In Texas, the region's largest insurer and one of the state's largest hospitals are at odds over patient costs while Wisconsin's hospitals give a boost to economy by adding jobs.

The Dallas Morning News: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Texas Health Resources Dispute May Raise Patients' Costs
The dispute between the region's largest health insurer and its largest hospital system highlights a challenge in reforming health care (Roberson, 12/2). 

Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin Hospitals Add Jobs During Downturn, But Can Trend Continue?
Wisconsin hospitals have added some 4,400 jobs since early 2008, including 1,100 in the first 10 months of this year, according to a new Wisconsin Hospital Association report (Boulton, 12/2).

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