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Healthcare employers added fewer jobs in June

By Michael Sandler  |  July 02, 2015

Ambulatory services added 22,600 jobs in June didn't create as many jobs as it did the past two months, according to the latest federal data. The industry as a whole added about 16% fewer jobs last month than in April and May, but healthcare job growth this year is still outpacing 2014.

Healthcare workers wonder how expected overtime rule affects them

By Michael Sandler  |  June 30, 2015

The home-care sector is keeping an eye out for an expected move by the White House to make up to 5 million more people eligible for overtime pay. Some say it could benefit fee-based employees while others believe it could cause employers to scale back on hiring specialized workers.

High court case could threaten union finances at public systems

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 30, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case asking it to limit the power of public unions to collect fees from nonmembers. The case could threaten the finances and membership efforts of unions that represent healthcare workers at publicly owned providers.

OSHA cracks down on healthcare employers

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 25, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it would crack down on hospitals and nursing homes for workplace hazards that aren't protected by formal rules. Experts say politics have complicated efforts to formalize workplace regulations.

Wage increases reflect employer trend

By Bob Herman  |  June 20, 2015

Tufts Health Plan, a Watertown, Mass.-based health insurer with more than 1 million members, announced last week that it will pay all its employees at least $15 an hour, retroactive to May 24. That's $6 an hour above Massachusetts' minimum wage.

CMS eases skilled-nursing rules for some ACOs

By Melanie Evans  |  June 16, 2015

New Medicare rules could decrease incentives for hospital overuse and curb visits to low-quality nursing homes. The same rules, however, could boost incentives for misuse of costly skilled-nursing care.

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