HealthLeaders Media HR - April 13, 2009 | Layoffs On the Rise, Litigation Too
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Layoffs On the Rise, Litigation Too
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

When Grady Memorial Hospital CEO Michael Young announced in March the layoffs of 140 employees at the Atlanta safety net hospital, he said that some of the ousted workers were let go because they didn't mesh with his efforts to remake the "Grady culture". That may be true, but those words could come back to haunt Young if one of those employees feels they were unjustly let go for ill-defined "cultural" reasons. The fact is, layoffs are on the rise. So is litigation for wrongful discharge. [Read More]
  April 13, 2009

 
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This really shouldn't surprise anyone. One of the key components of the medical home model is to manage the care of the patient to keep them healthy, rather than treating them only when they are sick. Also, if the ultimate goal is universal coverage, then 47 million additional people will be on the insurance rolls. So, of course there is going to be managed care. There has to be. Otherwise, chaos! It may be time to rehabilitate the term. [Read More]
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Christian physician group rips 'conscience clause' rollback
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DALLAS: PCPCC appoints Schelhammer to executive committee
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