HealthLeaders Media HR - July 20, 2009 | EFCA Still Potent for Organized Labor
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EFCA Still Potent for Organized Labor
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

There's word out of Congress that the most contentious provision of the Employee Free Choice Act that would have made organizing workers far, far easier will be whittled from the bill. But before you make party balloons out of surgical gloves and form conga lines in the C-suite, remember that the card check provision is only one—albeit key—component of EFCA, the most labor-friendly legislation under consideration in Washington in years. [Read More]
  July 20, 2009

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KP Bellflower may appeal latest Octomom records breach
An official at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Hospital says it's "too soon" to determine if the suburban Los Angeles hospital will appeal its second six-figure fine in two months for failing to secure the personal electronic medical records of Nadya Suleman and her octuplets from snooping employees. The California Department of Public Health last week issued an "administrative penalty" of $187,500 after determining that KP Bellflower failed to prevent unauthorized access to the Suleman family's confidential patient medical information. The hospital was also hit with a $250,000 fine on May 15 for similar privacy violations against Suleman, aka Octomom, whose eight children were born at the hospital on Jan. 27. [Read More]
3.5 million new jobs projected for healthcare by 2016
Healthcare will remain the largest source of job growth in the coming years, with 3.5 million new jobs across the sector expected by 2016, and perhaps even more jobs coming if universal health insurance is implemented, according to a study released last week by the President's Council of Economic Advisors. "We emphasize that this expected growth in health care occupations does not account for comprehensive health care reform," according to the 30-page report, Preparing the Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow. [Read More]
Nurses worldwide complain of heavy workloads, short staffs
A survey of nurses from all over the globe has found that nurses believe heavy workloads, coupled with insufficient staff, are impacting patient care and outcomes. The International Council of Nurses and Pfizer Inc. External Medical Affairs collaborated on the survey of 2,203 nurses in 11 countries, including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Kenya, Portugal, South Africa, Taiwan, Uganda, the UK, and the United States. Most significantly, the survey found that 92% of respondents face time constraints that prevent them spending necessary time with individual patients. In addition, 96% said that spending more time with individual patients would have a significant impact on patient health. [Read More]
Financial incentives change behaviors in wellness programs
After years of lagging behind most every other industry, hospitals are finally embracing wellness programs. San Diego-based Scripps Health reported this year that 83% of the health system's 12,700 employees are enrolled in a wellness program that has saved it $2.6 million annually in medical and pharmacy costs. The health system, in turn, will pay $1.3 million toward employees' healthcare premiums, about $428 to each of the 3,187 employees who are highly engaged in the wellness program. Meanwhile, Carolinas HealthCare System is preparing to launch an enhanced WorkWELL version of its LiveWELL Carolinas! wellness program; its 25,000 benefits-eligible employees will be able to save up to $600 a year in health insurance premiums as an incentive to improve their health. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
CHICAGO: AHIMA's Linda Kloss stepping down as CEO
American Health Information Management Association CEO Linda Kloss will step down on March 31, 2010 after 15 years of leadership. The AHIMA Board of Directors has initiated a national search for her successor. Kloss, who has been AHIMA's CEO since 1995, said she intends to continue her career-long commitment to improving health information and will explore ways she might contribute in these critical times during the coming months. AHIMA President Vera Rulon says the board of directors is committed to focusing on meeting AHIMA's strategic goals while planning for a smooth transition of executive leadership. [Read More]

PHILADEPHIA: Dignam to lead group statistics at RTOG
James J. Dignam has been named the new Group Statistician for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and will lead the efforts of RTOG's Statistics and Data Management Center. Dignam is an associate professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Health Studies at the University of Chicago and an investigator in the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center. RTOG is a National Cancer Institute-funded national clinical trials group and is administered by the American College of Radiology. [Read More]

DALLAS: Tenet names new CEO at Doctor's Hospital at White Rock Lake
Tenet Healthcare Corp. has named G. Scott Manis as CEO of Tenet's Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, a 193-bed acute care hospital in Dallas, effective July 20. Manis has more than two decades of healthcare experience, including four years with another Tenet hospital. [Read More]

ST. LOUIS: SSM Health Care promotes Friedman to VP of strategic development
Paula Friedman, SSM Health Care corporate vice president-strategy and systems improvement, will assume the post of senior vice president-strategic development. She succeeds Bill Thompson, who was recently named president/CEO of SSM Health Care. Both appointments are effective Aug. 1. Friedman, 46, has 26 years of healthcare experience, including 17 of them with SSMHC. [Read More]

BOSTON: Harvard Pilgrim CEO throws hat in the ring
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charles D. Baker will leave his job and seek the Republican nomination for governor of Massachusetts in the 2010 election. Baker said he would run in the mold of former Gov. William Weld, who was a fiscal conservative but held more liberal stances on social issues. He deflected several questions about Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, but said he would focus on jobs and the economy and retaining young workers. [Read More]

PORTSMOUTH, NH: Jamieson named CEO at Portsmouth Regional Hospital
Anne Jamieson has been named CEO of HCA's Portsmouth Regional Hospital effective Aug. 1, replacing the retired Bill Schuler. Jamieson has served as CEO of HCA's Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH, since January of 2005. Before that, she was the COO and general counsel of Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, MA; held several positions at Cerner Corp. in Kansas City, MO; and worked at Burbank Hospital, Worcester Memorial Hospital, Marlboro Hospital and Clinton Hospital?all in Massachusetts?as well as Florida Hospital in Orlando. [Read More]

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