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HR Roundup: Sequestration Leads to Layoffs

Chelsea Rice, Associate Editor for HealthLeaders Media

The effects of sequestration are becoming apparent with at least one health system announcing job cuts and reductions to executive salaries. Elsewhere, the legislative fight for nurse-to-patient staffing ratios is gathering steam. >>>


Editor's Picks

Outpatient Growth Must Keep Pace with Population

Two out of three health system leaders say their top strategy for fueling financial growth is expansion of outpatient services. The trick is "to grow at the same market share with the [population] growth," says one senior executive. Market share increase is likely to be incremental—but even a small increase means a large raw number. >>>

Managing Physicians May Be Impossible

If physicians can't be managed, we're all in for trouble, because healthcare is bankrupting us. Everyone needs to be managed, whether they're the President of the United States or a country doctor. >>>

Dean Health System to Join SSM

The two providers have a long history of collaboration in Wisconsin with shared initiatives around value-based care and a jointly owned health plan. Under the deal, Dean and its subsidiaries will become part of SSM. >>>

APRN Strategy: Engage Students in Policy Fight

Advanced practice registered nurses in Minnesota are encouraging graduate-level nursing students to lobby for a pair of bills that would remove restrictions that bar APRNs from practicing independently. >>>

Hospital Thrift Store Cashes In On Volunteer Spirit

Managed by volunteers who are considered part of the workforce, a hospital thrift shop in Illinois has raised more than $2 million over the last two years. But that's only part of the shop's value, which is seen as critical to hospital operations. >>>

Former ACP President: 'We Have to be More Efficient'

David L. Bronson, MD, immediate past president of the American College of Physicians, says that among physicians' toughest challenges are improving interprofessional relationships and "[getting] rid of the things that add no value in healthcare." >>>


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Date: April 25, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

Baylor ACO embraces future with lower volume of care

Dallas / Fort Worth Healthcare Daily, April 22, 2013

Maryland Patient Safety Center to expand offerings

Baltimore Business Journal, April 19, 2013

The impossible workload for doctors in training

The New York Times, April 19, 2013

Nurses union tries to build momentum on hiring mandate bill

Washington Business Journal, April 19, 2013

Patient satisfaction may not be a good indicator of surgical quality

Kaiser Health News, April 19, 2013

NC attorney general says he'll push for tighter controls on hospitals

News & Observer, April 18, 2013

Doctors flee Puerto Rico for US mainland

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, April 18, 2013

Are some doctors too old to practice medicine?

The New York World, April 17, 2013

CaroMont Health fires CEO

Charlotte Observer, April 17, 2013

DC hospitals: More patients, fewer overnight stays

Washington Business Journal, April 16, 2013

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