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Vital Signs
Nurse experience linked to shorter hospital patient stays
By Sabriya Rice | April 14, 2014
The more experience a nurse has and the longer his or her tenure in a hospital unit, the shorter the length of stay for the patients they care for, finds a new study looking at the effect of nursing team structure on the quality of care a patient receives.
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Information
Layoffs at Miss. hospital
By Associated Press | April 12, 2014
Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home, Poplarville, Miss. has eliminated 19 positions and reduced hours for other workers to address financial problems.
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Magazine
Don't do everything—a strategy to reduce costs, improve results
By Michael E. Porter and Dr. Thomas H. Lee | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
"World-Class Care Right in Your Neighborhood” sounds good as a marketing campaign, but as a strategy for healthcare systems, it is too often a formula for high-cost, mediocre care.
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8 Secrets to Good Relationship Management in the Supply Chain
By Christina Galoozis, Modern Healthcare Custom Media | April 11, 2014
Your relationship skills need a check-up.
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Information
Johns Hopkins workers strike over wages
By Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
As striking service workers rallied Wednesday on Orleans Street in front of Johns Hopkins Hospital, a hospital official said that the East Baltimore medical institution can't raise wages too much without eliminating other jobs.
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News
Reform Update: Will lack of Medicaid expansion hurt C-suite recruiting?
By Melanie Evans | April 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
One recent executive-level job candidate caught Dennis Kain, a president with search firm Tyler & Co., by surprise when she declined to work in a state that failed to expand Medicaid.
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Magazine
Regional News/West: University of California hospitals dodge second patient-care tech worker strike
By Rachel Landen | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
University of California hospitals narrowly avoided a recent strike after university officials reached a tentative contract agreement with the union representing patient-care technical workers.
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Podcast
Podcast: Merritt Hawkins President Mark Smith on physician employment by hospitals
By Modern Healthcare | April 05, 2014
Mark Smith, president of staffing firm Merritt Hawkins, discusses the continuing shift of U.S. physicians into hospital employment, which specialties are making the shift more rapidly and why that is happening.
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Magazine
Non-physician providers will pick up the slack for less-productive employed doctors
By Andis Robeznieks | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Mark Smith joined Irving, Texas-based healthcare staffing firm Merritt Hawkins in 1988 and became its president in 2008.
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News
UPMC reports growth in volume, earnings | The gains come amid a contract dispute with insurer Highmark and complaints from SEIU.
By Beth Kutscher | April 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The UPMC system, engaged in a contract fight with its largest commercial payer, reported growth in its patient volumes and insurance business that led to improved earnings in the first half of its fiscal 2014.
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