Medicaid managed-care provider Centene Corp. is buying insurer Health Net in a $6.8 billion cash and stock deal.
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.
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.
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.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that it will crack down on hospitals and nursing homes for workplace hazards that aren't covered by formal rules.
Hospitals continue to add physicians at a brisk pace, defying predictions that the practice acquisition binge would end in a fiscal fiasco.
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.
The head of the United Auto Workers wants to pool the employees of the Detroit Three automobile companies to extract lower prices from healthcare companies.
Another healthcare company has bent to the economic weight of the tightening labor market and raised the minimum wage for employees.
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.
Healthcare has lagged other industries in investment and innovation in information technology. Now, scrambling to catch up, hospitals and health systems are facing a tight supply of skilled IT managers and executives that is holding them back.
The healthcare industry added 46,800 jobs in May, nearly matching April's largest monthly increase this year, according to the seasonally adjusted figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.