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On LP Air This Week: The Latest On a Possible Access-A-Ride Strike and More!

November 19, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

LP co-hosts Bill Hohlfeld and Neal Tepel.

New York, NY - This week’s episode of LaborPress’ new radio show and podcast on WWRL 1600AM looks at the latest developments in a possible Access-A-Ride strike, as well as the growing dangers lurking on NYC construction sites. We also get reaction to a startling new report on wage theft that finds millions of workers being ripped off each year. And we hear from an industry leader on how unions can reduce the high cost of health care.

Empire’s Tom Canty: Health-Insurance Leader

November 16, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

Empire BlueCross BlueShield is by far the New York area’s largest provider of health insurance for labor unions. It handles plans that cover almost 3 million union members, including city and state employees, SEIU Local 32BJ, 12 Teamsters locals, and most of the building trades.

Physician Practice Acquisitions Driving The High Cost Of Care

November 12, 2015
By MIchael Jordan, President, Labor and Strategic Accounts Division,
 Special to LaborPress

New York, NY - Hospitals across the U.S. are merging and purchasing physician practices in efforts to reduce waste and reward value, rather than volume, and to prepare for accountability. It’s a potentially costly trend that savvy fund managers need to confront head-on.

SEIU 1199 Joins 'Fight for 15'

November 10, 2015
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY - Today, Tuesday, November 10th, thousands of homecare and healthcare workers joined fast-food and other low-wage workers to rally and march in support of the $15 New York State minimum wage.

Shared Savings With ACOs

November 3, 2015
LaborPress Staff

Volume-based fee-for-service reimbursement has failed to align incentives across stakeholders. In fact, the current state of the U.S. healthcare system stems directly from plan sponsors’ narrowly focusing on reducing costs versus providers raising prices to battle mounting expenditures. 

Teamster Center Services Announces Speaker Line Up for Health & Benefits Expo

October 20, 2015
By Stephanie West

Teamster Center Services will host the 22nd Annual Health & Benefits Expo on Friday, October 30th at the Grand Hyatt New York.  This popular event brings together multiemployer and public benefit plan Trustees and administrators for an opportunity to network and obtain crucial information on the key issues effecting health and pension funds.  More than 50 companies will be showcasing their products and services in the conference’s exhibit hall.

Urgent Care Center Accountability

October 20, 2015
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced agreements with four urgent care centers to provide clear, detailed information to consumers about the centers’ participation with health plans. This move, the first enforcement action of New York’s recently adopted ‘Surprise Bill Law,’ will protect consumers from unexpected medical billings and help patients make informed choices when selecting a provider.

Teamsters Local 237’s Keith Mayo: 22 Years of Having Members’ Backs

October 14, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

Keith Mayo of Teamsters Local 237 describes himself as a Long Island family man. Married for 31 years, he has four children and six grandchildren, and is “team dad” for a youth football team in Brentwood, where he lives. The perseverance and longevity that mark a good family man also show in his union work. A stockroom supervisor at Bellevue Hospital, he’s been working for the New York City hospital system for 23 years, and been active in Local 237 for almost all of that time.

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