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The National Labor Relations Board sides with SEIU over dispute with Oakland dissidents
Originally in San Francisco Chronicle
March 24, 2009 -- The effort by a new labor union to represent 14,000 Catholic Healthcare West workers in California has been dismissed by a National Labor Relations Board regional director who ruled that the contract between the employees' longtime union, Service Employees International Union, and the hospital chain bars such overtures.
Apr 1 2009
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Kirk Nielsen takes the pulse of the nation's emergency health care costs by passing out and getting gouged.
Originally at Miller-McCune.com
March 30, 2009 -- There's really no good time or place for a blackout, though some are significantly worse than others. Mine, one subzero evening in downtown St. Paul, Minn., last December, fell solidly on the inauspicious side of the spectrum.
Apr 1 2009
McMullan

Dr. Bart McMullan, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, will step down later this spring, but remain with Regence in a different capacity. His replacement is expected to be appointed in July. In 2008, McMullan earned $767,161, which included a bonus of $365,912.

Mar 26 2009

Keith Forrester has joined Kaiser Permanente as director of regional large group sales and account management. Most recently he held a similar role at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon where he successfully achieved new business, retention and profitability goals. He brings 18 years experience in insurance sales. Before joining Regence, Keith was sales manager with Prudential Group Insurance and held several sales positions with Standard Insurance. He holds an MBA in marketing from the University of Oregon.

Mar 26 2009

Mike Cerdan left Regence to join Kaiser Permanente as its manager of regional large group sales. He was the manager of account executives with Regence for 2 1/2 years and earlier spent 10 years with the Premera family of companies; the last seven with LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon. He began his insurance career as an underwriter with MetLife in 1986 and is a graduate of CSU Sacramento.

Mar 26 2009
A healthcare economist calls our lifestyle into question

$285,888,128 dollars per hour. That’s the speed of U.S. healthcare spending. How do I know? I’m a health economist. I have a professional obligation to share this kind of trivia. If you’re like most people, you don’t run across many health economists.

Mar 25 2009
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Original content Reuters
WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - Plunging revenues from investments have forced median profit margins for U.S. hospitals to zero, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of hospital finances published on Monday.
Mar 25 2009
Take formal action against anything from an acupuncturist to a health insurance company
The state keeps the details of all complaint records confidential unless they are substantiated by an investigator. Before you go any further, please tell your story to The Lund Report through our on-line form here or send an email to [email protected] . If you prefer, we will keep your name confidential. Our goal is to create a more accountable and transparent healthcare system.
Mar 24 2009
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We've compiled a list of useful links where you can learn more about the healthcare industry and search for complaint records.
If you thought navigating the healthcare system was hard, try finding financial information about the industry, or what's happening with insurance rates or hospital quality data. We sifted the Internet and put together this list of resources. 
Oct 22 2008
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The following are useful tools to keep your body healthy and your wallet whole.
Oct 22 2008

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