FDA approves cholesterol drug Repatha, and other news

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 29, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Repatha, an injectable drug made by Amgen that lowers a person's “bad” cholesterol level. It can be used only for an estimated 5 million to 10 million patients who have certain inherited conditions or a history of serious heart ailments.

NLRB ruling could shake up healthcare staffing industry

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 28, 2015

A ruling Thursday by the National Labor Relations Board could complicate relations between healthcare organizations and their workers employed by staffing agencies. Healthcare staffing firms may become a target for unions looking to organize workers in multiple facilities in one fell swoop.

'Cadillac' tax repeal gains momentum

By Bob Herman  |  August 15, 2015

A growing lobbying push to repeal the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans would undo policymakers' goal of restructuring a tax exclusion that disproportionately benefits higher income workers and insulates all employees from most of the pain of rising healthcare costs.

Nurses union gives Sanders his first major labor endorsement

By Associated Press  |  August 11, 2015

Bernie Sanders picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation's largest organization of nurses, reflecting the Vermont senator's appeal among unions in his challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Rising healthcare costs send Boeing to the negotiating table

Rising healthcare costs send Boeing to the negotiating table

By Melanie Evans  |  August 08, 2015

As healthcare costs continue to squeeze budgets, employers are looking for ways to save money without alienating workers. And for one corporate giant, that means using the size of its workforce to negotiate directly with health systems.

NNU wins rights to unionize at Kaiser's L.A. Medical Center

NNU wins rights to unionize at Kaiser's L.A. Medical Center

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 24, 2015

National Nurses United and the affiliated California Nurses Association say they've won the rights to unionize nurses at Kaiser Permanente's flagship hospital in Los Angeles, months after it called for a strike at the hospital despite not representing its nurses.

Massachusetts nurses push for workplace violence bill

Massachusetts nurses push for workplace violence bill

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 21, 2015

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is pushing a state bill that would mandate plans to protect employees from workplace violence. This follows the fatal shooting of a doctor at a Boston hospital this year and an increased focus on healthcare workplace violence at the federal and state levels.

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