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Mayo Clinic Workers Reluctantly Agree to Outsourcing

February 3, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Rochester, MN - Workers at the Mayo Clinic have reluctantly agreed to let the clinic outsource its food-service department, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota President Jamie Gulley announced Jan. 24.

January Labor Bulletin

February 2, 2017 
By Michael Jordan

Price Transparency and Incentives Steer Plan Participants to Cost Effective Sites of Care
Large, high-profile companies have been directing employees to outpatient sites of service as a way of achieving more cost-effective care. In this issue of the MagnaCare Labor Bulletin, we’ll examine how unions and other plan sponsors, including small to mid-size companies, are catching up by making recommendations and building in incentives. 

Best Doctors Summit Comes to NY Feb. 8-9

January 30, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - The Boston-based Best Doctors medical information-services company will hold its fifth annual Healthcare Innovations Summit Feb. 8-9 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square.

Colorado AFL-CIO Urges State to Protect Health Care

January 30, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Denver, CO - In a rally at the state capitol Jan. 25, the Colorado AFL-CIO urged legislators to pass laws guaranteeing equal pay for women, keep employers from sending jobs overseas, and oppose Republican efforts to abolish the state’s Obamacare health-insurance exchange.

Why Does Primary Care Matter to Labor Health Funds in 2017?

January 28, 2017 
By Phil Barbaro One Medical, Vice President of Public & Labor

The New Year has brought significant political change that will have a substantial impact on how healthcare is regulated, accessed, and financed.  It’s also anticipated that as the economy continues to improve, that there will be a significant investment in infrastructure that could result in hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector investment. 

5 Tips for Your Next Doctor’s Appointment

January 25, 2017  
By Ariana Colozzo

The many challenges the health care system puts on physicians and patients – such as time pressures, fragmentation of care and access obstacles – often results in misdiagnoses, medical errors and inappropriate high-cost interventions.

MedReview Saves Millions for Labor

January 23, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – MedReview, Inc., a subsidiary of the not-for-profit New York County Services Review Organization (NYCHSRO), which performs Medicare and Medicaid review, offers utilization management and analysis services to the private sector, including labor organizations, corporations, insurance companies, and managed care organizations.

Nationwide Rallies Oppose Obamacare Repeal

January 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Demonstrators in dozens of cities Jan. 15 protested Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act of 2010, former President Barack Obama's health-insurance system.

Eating Healthier in the New Year: Tips to Chew On

January 16, 2017 
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Account

New Year’s comes with the typical routine of setting New Year resolutions.  This can be motivating for some, but daunting for most.  So, how can your resolutions to eat healthier in 2017 stick and actually become healthy habits?

 Pennsylvania Nurses Still Waiting for Raises Due in October

January 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - About 1,300 nurses who work for the Pennsylvania state government were supposed to get a 2.75% raise Oct. 1—but it hasn’t turned up in their paychecks yet.

Win Week In Review:

January 15, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - On Sunday January 15th National Nurses United are making what they say is their first stand to resist harmful policies of the new administration in Washington. It's a national day of action to save health care.

Iowa Unions Irate About Governor’s Health Scheme

January 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Des Moines, IA - Iowa public-employee unions are irate about Gov. Terry Branstad’s efforts to put state workers under a single health-insurance plan not subject to collective bargaining.

Empire BlueCross Joins National Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Initiative

January 5, 2017 
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Account

Empire BlueCross has been selected as a payer participant in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative, a five-year multi-payer model that’s the largest federal investment in primary care transformation to date.

California Hospital Can’t Overturn Pro-Union Vote

December 30, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Napa Valley, CA - The National Labor Relations Board on Dec. 22 rejected a challenge by Queen of the Valley Medical Center here to its employees’ vote to join the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

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