Federal spending for major healthcare programs are estimated to increase by $55 billion, or 6%, in 2016 after a technical adjustment for payment timing shifts, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan has agreed to delay phasing out its retiree health plan for former bargaining unit employees until 2018, as part of an agreement with the UAW.
Allina Health's bottom line took a hit in the first half of this year after the Minneapolis-based system paid $20.4 million in temporary labor charges and other costs tied to a seven-day nursing strike.
The harsh reality of modern-day America is that the less-educated, hourly workforce is falling further and further behind those still clinging to middle class status and above. This is a fairness issue that today characterizes almost every sector of the U.S. economy—including healthcare.
The healthcare industry added 43,200 jobs in July, the third-highest monthly total in the sector in 2016, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Several thousand nurses at seven Kaiser Permanente hospitals picketed Wednesday to protest staffing and patient care conditions.
Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) emphasized that he expects a vote on the package of bills before the end of the year.
Federal projections suggest healthcare organizations will hire more than a million new nurses in the next decade, while lower-paying occupations such as home health aides will see the highest percentage growth.
Chicago-based hospital revenue-management company Accretive Health is laying off 41 employees in a restructuring plan aimed at saving $16 million.
Thousands of nurses returned to work Sunday at five Allina Health hospitals in the Minneapolis area following a seven-day strike mainly over the cost of their health insurance.
Registered nurses at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center began their four-day strike Thursday. The 1,300 unionized nurses claim the hospital inadequately staffs units, leading to unsafe conditions for patients.
A Mississippi health system has agreed to pour $150 million into its pension system over the next four decades to settle class-action lawsuits alleging it underfunded the plan.