NLRB ruling could shake up healthcare staffing industry

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 28, 2015

A ruling Thursday by the National Labor Relations Board could complicate relations between healthcare organizations and their workers employed by staffing agencies. Healthcare staffing firms may become a target for unions looking to organize workers in multiple facilities in one fell swoop.

VA secretary touts improvements in customer service

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 21, 2015

The VA has completed 7 million more appointments this year than last and 22% of appointments get handled on the same day veterans call. VA Secretary Robert McDonald said that proves progress has been made in transforming the agency's culture. He vows that it will continue.

'Cadillac' tax repeal gains momentum

By Bob Herman  |  August 15, 2015

A growing lobbying push to repeal the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans would undo policymakers' goal of restructuring a tax exclusion that disproportionately benefits higher income workers and insulates all employees from most of the pain of rising healthcare costs.

CFO raises reflect growing healthcare complexity

By Michael Sandler  |  August 15, 2015

The complicated financial restructurings that follow not-for-profit hospital consolidations are requiring more advanced skill sets among chief financial officers and are leading to sharply higher pay for them, experts say.

Nurses union gives Sanders his first major labor endorsement

By Associated Press  |  August 11, 2015

Bernie Sanders picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation's largest organization of nurses, reflecting the Vermont senator's appeal among unions in his challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Q&A: Cassel discusses NQF's search for better quality metrics

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 08, 2015

Since being named CEO of the National Quality Forum in December 2012, Dr. Christine Cassel's organization has come under increasing pressure to improve the measures used to judge the quality of the nation's hospitals, physician practices and other healthcare organizations.

Rising healthcare costs send Boeing to the negotiating table

By Melanie Evans  |  August 08, 2015

As healthcare costs continue to squeeze budgets, employers are looking for ways to save money without alienating workers. And for one corporate giant, that means using the size of its workforce to negotiate directly with health systems.

Hospital hiring booms in July, but outlook sketchy

By Michael Sandler  |  August 07, 2015

Hiring at hospitals continued its roller coaster year, as healthcare's largest sector faces increased staffing competition. Hospitals added 15,700 positions in July, more than doubling June's increase, according to seasonally adjusted numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why TeamHealth plans to pay $1.6 billion for IPC Healthcare

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 04, 2015

Healthcare staffing firm TeamHealth Holdings on Tuesday squashed rumors that it is buying IPC Healthcare to stave off its own acquisition. The company says it's purchasing the hospitalist services provider to broaden a footprint in both acute and post-acute physician services.

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