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Data Points for Feb. 23, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 21, 2015

Data Points for the week of Feb., 23, 2015, covered the following topics: Healthcare worker injuries, workers' compensation, workplace injuries

Staffing crisis looms if home-care wages don't rise, advocates say

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 18, 2015

Higher wages are needed to sustain a viable home-care workforce, especially as demand for home services continues to grow with an aging population, home-care worker advocates have argued. A new report demonstrates just how serious the wage issue is for home-care workers.

Hospitals may have improved productivity after all

By Melanie Evans  |  February 11, 2015

The U.S. spends more healthcare dollars in hospitals than anywhere else, and that makes hospitals an attractive target of efforts to increase productivity. Federal statistics suggest they've lagged behind the rest of the economy, but new research has a different take.

Healthcare employers continue hiring upswing

By Melanie Evans  |  February 06, 2015

Hiring across healthcare in January continued the uptick seen at the end of last year, adding 38,300 new jobs across ambulatory care, hospitals and skilled nursing.

FDA chief Dr. Margaret Hamburg stepping down

By Paul Demko  |  February 05, 2015

Dr. Margaret Hamburg will step down as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration after nearly six years in the post. Hamburg will leave office at the end of March.

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.

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.

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