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News Roundup: Healthcare Gains Jobs, CT Hospital Strike Continues

Ryan Chiavetta

Hospital and health system job growth looks strong; Connecticut sees its first hospital strike in 25 years and; and a hospital worker convicted of infecting patients is sentenced in New Hampshire. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

New G-Codes to Pay Doctors for Broad Array of Non-Face-to-Face Care

Though few physicians realize it yet, a new CMS rule will begin to pay them for the hours they and their clinical teams spend managing Medicare patients' chronic conditions beyond face-to-face office visits. >>>

Not-for-Profit Hospitals Find Opportunity Amid Uncertainty

While the uncertainty around healthcare reform and lower reimbursements will prove a challenge in the near future, hospital leaders also see opportunities to succeed within local markets. >>>

Hospital M&A Volume Up, Value Down in 3Q

The volume and value of hospital mergers and acquisitions increased in the third quarter of 2013 when compared with the same period in 2012, although the fundamental reasons for the market consolidations are essentially the same, according to a PwC report. Healthcare sector churn is far from settled. >>>

Douglas Hawthorne—A Chance to Do Something Big

Douglas Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, has repeatedly made big bets on where the puck is going in healthcare, and those bets have almost always paid off. Now his behemoth health system is seeking to take responsibility for caring for individuals over a lifetime. Making that change pay off financially is the critical challenge. From the 2013 HealthLeaders 20. >>>

Without Way to Pay for SGR Repeal, Is Optimism in Vain?

Repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate has clear momentum, but with 2013 winding down and the $139 billion price tag still unresolved, physicians could be facing yet another short-term fix. >>>

Substance Abuse Resurfaces Among Anesthesiologists in Training

Nearly 1% of anesthesiology residents showed substance use disorders, including some who died as a result, and nearly half of those caught had a relapse, says a new report. "This is still a big problem within our specialty," says the study author. >>>

Tennessee Blues Enlists Pastors to Help Reduce Healthcare Disparities

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee developed a tool kit for churches to use to improve immunization rates among minorities and rural whites in the state. Next up: Behavioral health and chemical dependency problems. >>>



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News Headlines

Middlesex County (NJ) starts program aimed at cutting healthcare costs, improving employees' health

NJ.com / The Star-Ledger, December 9, 2013

Obamacare's real promise: If you lose your healthcare plan, you can get a new one

The Washington Post, December 9, 2013

Obama administration awards $55 million to boost health-care workforce

The Washington Post, December 6, 2013

Minnesota Nursing Board votes to seek more disciplinary power

Star Tribune, December 6, 2013

Opinion: No, there won't be a doctor shortage

The New York Times, December 6, 2013

NH hospital wants network decision documents

Boston.com / Associated Press, December 5, 2013

TX wants background checks for healthcare navigators

The Washington Post, December 5, 2013

UnitedHealthcare, doctors fight in federal court over physician network cuts

The Hartford Courant, December 4, 2013

NH hospital worker gets 39 years in hepatitis case

ABC News / Associated Press, December 3, 2013

For nurses, hospital jobs harder to come by

The Indianapolis Star, December 3, 2013



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