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The Gap Between Skilled Healthcare Workers and Support Jobs

John Commins

The U.S. healthcare workforce has haves and have-nots. Skilled technicians and healthcare practitioners enjoy two job openings for every qualified candidate. The reverse is true for candidates for healthcare support jobs, who lack opportunities for career advancement. The solution? Build a bridge for your support staff to qualify for vacant skilled positions. >>>


Editor's Picks

Providers, Payers Largely Favor PPACA Decision

The healthcare industry appears pleased with Thursday's majority Supreme Court decision to uphold most provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, even as it vows to work toward the repeal of provisions it still finds objectionable. >>>

Doctors Take to Practice Coaching

Practice coaching programs in physician offices and hospitals are flourishing. They are helping primary care physicians improve team-building skills, handle patients' chronic conditions, and enhance patients' access to care. >>>

1 in 5 Nurses is Depressed

While depression can contribute to lowered productivity and workplace absenteeism, in nurses the symptoms can also jeopardize patient care. The root of the trouble is that nurses often don't recognize depression in themselves, says a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. >>>

Physicians Need New Approach to Managed Care Contracts

The changing face of healthcare is resulting in more creative interaction between payers and providers. There is increasing talk about narrow networks, risk sharing, and information sharing. But smaller physician practices may not be a part of those narrow networks, and that could have a detrimental effect on acquiring optimal managed care contracts, says one expert. >>>

Hospital's Drug Diversion Nightmare Spawns Multiple Infections

A small New Hampshire hospital has a big problem allegedly stemming from one clinical employee's drug problem. Now leaders at Exeter Hospital are dealing with a growing list of hepatitis C-infected patients, multiple government investigations, and at least three class action lawsuits. >>>

NEW Breakthroughs Report

Strategic Solutions for the Readmissions Challenge

Successfully preventing readmissions requires many players to fill the gaps in the care continuum. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, we examine how four leading health systems—Griffin Hospital, Parkview Health, Sarasota Memorial HealthCare System, and UPMC Hamot—are moving the needle. >>>

News Headlines

Opinion: Healthcare act survives, but it's a tattered quilt

Miami Herald, July 2, 2012

AMA's new president on the future of healthcare

The Washington Post, July 2, 2012

St. Mary's Hospital one step closer in sale to Ascension (NJ)

The Record, July 2, 2012

Healthcare patient data laws outdated, says Consumers Union

InformationWeek, June 28, 2012

Lehigh Valley Health Network to settle nurses' lawsuit for $4.5M

The Express-Times, June 28, 2012

Opinion: Limits on residents' work hours may adversely affect patient care

The Boston Globe, June 28, 2012

Maryland doctors: We get paid, not 'reimbursed'

Washington Business Journal, June 28, 2012

Doctor shortage raises rural C-section rate

Minnesota Public Radio, June 27, 2012

Indiana Hospital Files for Chapter 11

HealthLeaders Media, June 26, 2012

Reducing 30-day Readmissions, Simply

HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2012

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Breakthroughs Report: The Promise of Healthcare Analytics

Healthcare is rich in data. The challenge for healthcare organizations is to make sense of the morass of clinical, financial, and operational information generated. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, four leading healthcare organizations—Brigham and Women's Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Charleston Area Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina—share insights and lessons learned. >>>

Rounds: Excellence in Cardiac Care—Elements of Success from The Mount Sinai Medical Center

Date: July 18, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
How do you balance the latest in advanced cardiovascular treatment with market growth? Join HealthLeaders Media and the cardiovascular team at The Mount Sinai Medical Center to learn how Sinai has reinvented one of the top cardiovascular enterprises in the country. >>>

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Shaping Sustainable Cost Control

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