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DOMA's Death Raises Questions for HR Executives

Chelsea Rice, Associate Editor for HealthLeaders Media

The Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act was clear, but in its wake are questions about precisely how employer-sponsored benefits will be affected. >>>


Editor's Picks

How to Lose Good Nurses

Hospitals that fail to stamp out verbal abuse among RNs and those that demand 12-hour shifts risk losing valuable employees to other organizations where working conditions are more favorable. >>>

Public Health Nurse Recruitment Barriers Detailed

While public health nurses report high levels of job satisfaction, they are "extremely unsatisfied" with their salaries, lack education and training resources, and don't see opportunities to grow into leadership roles, survey data shows. >>>

Killer Metric Separates Good Hospitals From Bad

A hospital's low 30-day mortality rates for three key diagnoses might be an indicator of good survival rates for patients who receive hospital treatment for other conditions as well, researchers say. >>>

Consensus Stirs for Medicare Reform

A U.S. House subcommittee's review of proposals to improve the Medicare program focuses on three recommendations, but simultaneously restructuring the benefit design, maintaining the average value of benefits, and producing Medicare savings will not be simple. >>>

Tenet to Acquire Vanguard in Surprise $4.3B Deal

The deal to buy Vanguard will expand Tenet's footprint to 30 markets across 16 states. Charlie Martin, Vanguard's founder, chairman, and CEO, will join Tenet's board of directors, and Keith Pitts, Vanguard's vice chairman, will serve Tenet as vice chairman. >>>

Population Health is Not a New Concept

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is only now putting a spotlight on the good work that's been going on in community health programs for decades. This week, five hospital-led collaboratives will be recognized for their work. >>>

Individual Mandate Exemptions Finalized

The final rule on exemptions from the individual shared responsibility payment penalty mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act identifies nine categories. Less than 2% of Americans are expected to qualify for exemption, the Congressional Budget Office estimates. >>>


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News Headlines

Healthcare setbacks could hit small businesses

The Washington Post, July 1, 2013

Mercy Health abandons AR hospital deal

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 1, 2013

The gulf between doctors and nurse practitioners

HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2013

Independent hospital resists pressure to align with Mayo

Star Tribune, June 28, 2013

Hospital officials complain to senate panel about Medicare efforts on observation care

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, June 27, 2013

Senate critic of nonprofit hospitals blasts CEO bonuses

St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Kaiser Health News, June 27, 2013

This GA hospital shows why rejecting Medicaid isn't easy

The Washington Post, June 27, 2013

Pittsburgh seeks dismissal of 'bizarre' UPMC civil-rights complaint

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 26, 2013

Parkland Memorial Hospital still struggling to hire enough registered nurses

The Dallas News, June 26, 2013

Policy keeps some rural doctors from delivery room

The Texas Tribune, June 26, 2013

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