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Jan. 30, 2009
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Dear Valued ASHHRA Member,

ASHHRA is intent on bringing you Webinars and other services that are FREE to you as benefits of your membership. Be sure to visit the ASHHRA Web site at and seek out not only the digital HR Pulse, the Health Care Labor Report (latest issue), but other useful resources.

Next week we begin the Online Community pilot--actual hands-on testing of your new resource that will be available in early April this year. You will have the opportunity to engage, share resources and get ideas from your colleagues and experts in the field of health care HR.

We are in the midst of planning our 45th Annual Conference and exposition in Chicago and are pleased to say members are signing up now to benefit from the “early bird” discount of $50. We hope you will take advantage of it. Chicago is a great venue for a wonderful get together of colleagues and friends, but more importantly, we have a robust educational program lined up for you that will provide you with the tools you need for use in your organization. Learning sessions and panels will stimulate creative thinking all while providing you with a great value for the price of the conference!

I look forward to seeing you in Chicago. I promise to keep you updated on our newest resource,, so you can be as excited about it as I am!

Best regards,

Cathy Sewell
Executive Director, ASHHRA

Obama Signs Equal Pay Legislation
from CNN
President Barack Obama signed a new pay-equity measure into law yesterday, effectively overturning a 2007 Supreme Court decision that made it harder to sue for pay discrimination. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, named for a former Goodyear Tire employee who sued the company for gender discrimination in 1998, is the first bill signed by Obama. "It is fitting that with the very first bill I sign ... we are upholding one of this nation's first principles: that we are all created equal and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness," Obama said at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. More

Among Asian Americans, Many Subgroups Lack Adequate Health Coverage
from Asian Week
Asian Americans are often seen as the model minority, with higher rates of education, income, and employment. But this perception might be overshadowing the problems of lack of health insurance coverage among the Asian American community. In a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation called "Key Facts: Race, Ethnicity, and Medical Care," Asian Americans, when compared to other minority groups, had relatively high rates of health coverage. Of the white, non-Hispanic population, 13 percent were uninsured, with Asian Americans falling not far behind, with 19 percent uninsured. More

Diversify or Die
Whether you are an employee, a senior executive, or a business owner or manager the word for today (and tomorrow) is diversify. The proof…more than half of the companies on the Fortune 500 list in 1990 are no longer on that list today. The phenomenon of the "S" curve relative to the growth and evolution of an organization continues to repeat itself as businesses and employees either reinvent themselves or die, according to Jeff Colvin, Management Consultant & Founder of Link, a Management Consulting Group. More

'Wired' Hospitals Post Lower Death, Complication Rates
from U.S. News & World Reports
The more "wired" a hospital is, the lower its rate of patient deaths and complications, a new study finds. Automating hospital information systems also saves centers money, the researchers report. More

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Kidney Disease in Blacks Undetected Until Late Stages
from U.S. News & World Reports
Kidney disease in black Americans often goes undetected until the latest stages, according to new research. In a study that included more than 3,400 black Americans who were interviewed and given physical examinations, about 20 percent were found to have chronic kidney disease, but fewer than 15 percent knew they had the condition. More

The Right to Be Treated
from The Globe and Mail
A human-rights complaint against an Egyptian-trained doctor in Winnipeg, Canada, who refused to treat a lesbian couple has wider implications about doctors' duty to treat. Doctors of all backgrounds and beliefs are obliged to treat patients without discrimination. Manitoba, Canada, has the right idea in giving foreign-trained doctors extensive lessons in what is expected of them in Canada. More

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