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University of California student health docs stage one-day strike

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 29, 2015

Physicians who practice at student health clinics on the 10 campuses of the University of California system raised concerns about staffing, student health fees and unfair labor practices during their first contract negotiations with the system.

HHS cracks down on providers hiring prohibited employees

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 28, 2015

An increasing number of healthcare companies are being fined for hiring people on U.S. government exclusion lists as HHS' Office of Inspector General steps up its monitoring of hiring.

Fallout from retiree health plan ruling could send more to exchanges

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 27, 2015

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court vacated a lower court's ruling that allowed M&G Polymers USA's retirees' healthcare benefits to continue indefinitely because the duration of the benefits wasn't explicitly spelled out in a collective-bargaining agreement.

Empty beds plague Illinois hospitals

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  January 26, 2015

Buffeted by population shifts and changes in health insurance, the hospital industry in Illinois has far more capacity than it needs. More than 12,000 of the roughly 33,000 beds staffed by doctors, nurses and other providers in 2013 were empty even when hospitals were at their busiest.

Looming nursing shortage fueled by faculty shortfall

By Andis Robeznieks  |  January 24, 2015

A nursing faculty shortage is producing a circular crisis, as students are being turned away from understaffed nursing schools at a time when more nurses are needed in the U.S. healthcare system.

Nurses to consider strike threat at University of Chicago

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 22, 2015

Nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center will vote next week on whether to authorize union leaders to call for a strike if bargaining efforts fail. Here, as in several other recent instances, nurse-staffing levels seem to be at the heart of the union's dissatisfaction with providers.

Physicians blame patient 'treadmill' for missed calls

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 17, 2015

For a physician to deliver an accurate diagnosis, it requires time for thoughtful consideration of a patient's symptoms. But time is one element physicians say they don't have.

Nurses and Kaiser reach contract deal, avert 2-day strike

By Associated Press  |  January 17, 2015

The union that represents about 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses in Northern and Central California has reached a tentative contract with the medical provider and canceled a two-day strike planned for next week at 86 hospitals and clinics.

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