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HealthAlliance nurses in Leominster reach tentative 3-year pact

HealthAlliance nurses in Leominster reach tentative 3-year pact

After nearly a year of negotiations, registered nurses at HealthAlliance Hospital - Leominster Campus are celebrating what they consider a victory after reaching a tentative agreement for a three-year contract Monday evening that they say improves nurse-to-patient staffing and overall patient safety. —Paula J. Owen, Telegram & Gazette, 07/02/15 More »

Bernie Sanders: Obamacare not enough

Bernie Sanders: Obamacare not enough

Bernie Sanders isn't satisfied with the Supreme Court's affirmation last week of President Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, the Democratic presidential hopeful said on Sunday he wants the United States to adopt a "Medicare-for-all" single-payer health care plan. —Eric Bradner / CNN, 06/28/15 More »

OSHA cracks down on healthcare employers

OSHA cracks down on healthcare employers

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. —Adam Rubenfire / Modern Healthcare, 06/26/15 More »

Tax pushed by Sanders is a sensible idea

Tax pushed by Sanders is a sensible idea

A pot of gold big enough to repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, provide middle-class tax relief or provide free tuition to public universities is waiting to be tapped. All Congress has to do is say the word. But the hoard is guarded by the people writer Tom Wolfe called the Masters of the Universe, the Wall Street traders, brokers and hedge fund managers who earn in a day what working stiffs earn in a year. People with the money to influence Congress. —Concord Monitor Editorial, 06/24/15 More »

Hospital Sues Nonprofit Leader

Hospital Sues Nonprofit Leader

Braddock is among 26 defendants in 2015 brought to small-claims court by Lower Keys Medical Center, which is listed as Key West HMA in court records. Community Health Systems absorbed HMA when it bought the Key West hospital a year ago as part of a $7 billion deal. —Gwen Filosa, KeyNews.com, 06/19/15 More »

Are hospitals price-gouging some patients?

Are hospitals price-gouging some patients?

A new study published in the journal “Health Affairs,” is claiming 50 hospitals are billing uninsured patients more than 10 times the cost of care set by Medicare. Jean Ross, Co-President of National Nurses United joins Tamron Hall on NewsNation. —MSNBC, 06/11/15 More »

Metro Health’s Proposed Partner Operates 25 Hospitals Accused of ‘Price-Gouging’

Metro Health’s Proposed Partner Operates 25 Hospitals Accused of ‘Price-Gouging’

Of 50 U.S. hospitals identified as having the highest price markups for uninsured patients, half are owned by the health system that plans to merge with Metro Health. Community Health Systems Inc., a for-profit system based in Franklin, Tenn., operates 25 of the hospitals on the list, according to an article in The Washington Post. —Sue Thoms, MLive Media Group, 06/10/15 More »

No Vote on Trade Pact Needed to Protect U.S. Interests

No Vote on Trade Pact Needed to Protect U.S. Interests

San Diego congressional representatives Susan Davis and Scott Peters remain undecided about pending international trade measures that will have tremendous impacts on San Diego. —Brenna Norton & Deborah Burger, San Diego Union Tribune, 06/09/15 More »

Many U.S. hospitals mark up prices 1,000 percent: study

Many U.S. hospitals mark up prices 1,000 percent: study

Even the astronomical price markups that consumers regularly pay for, say, wine in restaurants pale beside those in some U.S. hospitals: The price for procedures is often 10 times the cost, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Health Affairs. —Sharon Begley, Reuters, 06/08/15 More »

Feds, State Settle Part of Big Hospital Kickback Scheme

Feds, State Settle Part of Big Hospital Kickback Scheme

Part of a big Georgia hospital kickback case will be settled for nearly $1 million, while a related criminal investigation into a major national hospital company continues. —Atlanta Business Chronicle, 06/08/15 More »

Unionized Nurses at EMMC Vote to Authorize Strike

Unionized Nurses at EMMC Vote to Authorize Strike

Unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center voted Thursday to authorize a strike if the hospital fails to better address their patient safety concerns, including “unsafe staffing.” —Jackie Farwell, Bangor Daily News, 06/05/15 More »

Lawsuit Alleges Improper Hospital Billing Practices

Lawsuit Alleges Improper Hospital Billing Practices

A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court contends the company that owns Northwest Medical Center and operates nine other hospitals in Arkansas has been skipping insurance carriers and going after payment directly from patients or other sources that pay more. —Ron Wood, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 06/04/15 More »

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Nurses Settle on Contract

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Nurses Settle on Contract

Fifteen months of fighting has ended abruptly but more amicably for both sides of a contract dispute at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. Late Thursday, the hospital Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a five-year contract with nurses of the California Nurses Association. —Roberto M. Robledo, The Californian, 05/29/15 More »

Hospital Hospice Services to End Next Month

Hospital Hospice Services to End Next Month

A program that has been available for decades through a Lackawanna County hospital will soon be coming to an end. Eyewitness News has learned that the owners of Regional Hospital of Scranton will stop providing inpatient and home hospice services at the end of next month. —National Nurses Organizing Committee , 05/27/15 More »

Sanders Bill Signals Growth of Broad Robin Hood Tax Movement

Sanders Bill Signals Growth of Broad Robin Hood Tax Movement

Seven years after Wall Street gamblers wrenched the U.S. economy into the worst economic swoon since the Great Depression, the movement to make the high rollers pay some restitution to people and communities harmed by their profligacy is gaining stream. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 05/27/15 More »

Recent DOJ Enforcement Actions Demonstrate that the Focus on Mental Health Services Fraud Continues

Recent DOJ Enforcement Actions Demonstrate that the Focus on Mental Health Services Fraud Continues

Two recent actions announced by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), one civil and one criminal, along with a recent speech by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, illustrate the current climate of government enforcement related to mental health services (i.e., intensive outpatient psychotherapy (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) services). —Amanda Enyeart and Laura B. Morgan, Mondaq, 05/20/15 More »

Fallbook Hospital Spanked by Court

Fallbook Hospital Spanked by Court

On May 8, Fallbrook Hospital (which closed in December) got a spanking from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. —Don Bauder, San Diego Reader, 05/19/15 More »

NLRB rightly ordered obstinate employer to pay union’s negotiating expenses

NLRB rightly ordered obstinate employer to pay union’s negotiating expenses

“Far from the run-of-the-mill failure to bargain,” a health care employer deliberately obstructed any meaningful negotiations with the union that won an election to represent employees at one of its acute-care hospitals. —Lisa Milam-Perez, J.D., Wolters Kluwer, 05/13/15 More »

Nurses Take to Downtown Streets in Protest

Nurses Take to Downtown Streets in Protest

Before marching on the state Capitol, CNA nurses rally in the lobby of the California Hospital Association in downtown Sacramento. —Lezlie Sterling, The Sacramento Bee, 05/12/15 More »

D.C. Circuit Says Hospital Must Pay Union’s Negotiating Expenses

D.C. Circuit Says Hospital Must Pay Union’s Negotiating Expenses

A U.S. appeals court on Friday affirmed a rare decision by the National Labor Relations Board ordering an employer to pay a unions' negotiating expenses, saying the board has broad discretion to decide the types of egregious conduct that warrant the unusual remedy. —Daniel Wiessner, Reuters, 05/11/15 More »

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