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Healthcare Unions Eye Gains in 2014

John Commins

The five-member National Labor Relations Board is sharply pro-labor, and could provide favorable rulings that will make it easier to organize next year. Expedited elections are "the biggest concern that employers should have," says one expert in labor and employee relations. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Give Nurses in Wheelchairs a Chance

Although some nurse leaders cling to the rigid requirements of the profession, others are making accommodations for nurses in wheelchairs, sending a powerful message to patients in the process. >>>

Resisting the Healthcare Consolidation Frenzy

Merger and acquisition activity shows no signs of slowing, yet some hospital and health system leaders see independence as a viable strategy. >>>

Q&A: Ardis Dee Hoven 'Optimistic' SGR Will Be Repealed

Citing bipartisan support in Congress, Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association, believes a "doc fix," in the form of a  total repeal of the sustainable growth rate funding formula for physicians, is imminent. >>>

Relief in Sight for Federally Qualified Health Centers

Because of medical liability concerns, federally qualified health centers have been mostly unable to tap into the good will of local clinicians who want to volunteer their medical services. Pending legislation may turn that around. >>>

Uncertainty Colors Physicians' Watch List

The top issues on the Physicians Foundation Watch List for 2014 are related to healthcare reform. Some matters, such as health insurance exchanges, are no longer a theoretical concern, but an emergent and very real one. >>>

SLIDESHOW: HL20 — 20 People Who Are Making a Difference in Healthcare - 2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a difference in healthcare. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Cost Containment—Harnessing Data to Drive Revenue Cycle and Productivity

This report reveals how data analytics can drive meaningful cost containment strategies without negative impacts on quality and patient satisfaction. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

Seven changes the ACA will likely encourage in the medical system

The Des Moines Register, December 16, 2013

Reform mixes healthcare and retail

USA Today / The Tennessean, December 16, 2013

Lack of health insurance options frustrates small businesses

The Seattle Times, December 16, 2013

House, Senate committees approve 'doc fix' legislation

The Wall Street Journal, December 13, 2013

US appeals court refuses interim stay in UnitedHealthcare case

The Hartford Courant, December 13, 2013

Should doctors get paid less if they don't keep patients healthy?

The Atlantic, December 13, 2013

Are today's new surgeons unprepared?

The New York Times, December 13, 2013

Nurses pressing ballot question to limit hospital CEO pay

The Boston Globe, December 12, 2013

Parkland Hospital sees decline in patient grievances and complaints

The Dallas Morning News, December 12, 2013

Doctor gets jail time, $562,500 penalty in improper-billing case

Los Angeles Times, December 12, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a dfference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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