Home healthcare industry braces for another Medicare cut

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 28, 2016

A proposed $180 million drop in Medicare reimbursement may not be a surprise to home healthcare agencies—but that doesn't necessarily make it any easier to digest, industry leaders say.

State investigates KentuckyOne hospital over staff layoffs

By Maria Castellucci  |  June 27, 2016

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has begun an investigation of the hospital after several of its physicians claimed that layoffs among nurses and other staff have caused major patient-safety concerns.

Minn. nurses back to work after strike

By Associated Press  |  June 26, 2016

Thousands of nurses returned to work Sunday at five Allina Health hospitals in the Minneapolis area following a seven-day strike mainly over the cost of their health insurance.

1,300 Kaiser nurses begin four-day strike

By Maria Castellucci  |  June 23, 2016

Registered nurses at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center began their four-day strike Thursday. The 1,300 unionized nurses claim the hospital inadequately staffs units, leading to unsafe conditions for patients.

Unionized hospitalists at Oregon hospital agree to first contract

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 17, 2016

Unionized hospitalists at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend have agreed to terms of an initial contract with the Oregon hospital, less than a week before an informational picket was scheduled outside the hospital. The hospitalists at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart are the first such...

AmSurg-Envision merger satisfies hospitals' appetite for array of physician services

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 16, 2016

A key driver of the AmSurg and Envision Healthcare merger announced Wednesday is the trend among hospitals to find a single vendor for outsourced physician staffing in multiple departments rather than contract the services a la carte, Envision CEO William Sanger said in a conference call Thursday.

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