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October 23, 2009


Dear ASHHRA & IFD Members,

We have a couple of great resources for you this week.

I) ASHHRA Thought Leader Forum on Operational Efficiencies

The ASHHRA Thought Leader Forum convened on Thursday, July 23, 2009, in San Francisco at the 17th Annual Health Forum and AHA Leadership Summit. A select group of experts in operational efficiencies participated in a two-hour discussion on "The Role of Health Care HR in Advancing Operational Efficiencies." Click here to access the Summary of Findings and the Video Podcast or you can download the report at www.ashhra.org.

II) IFD Diversity Dialogue

Topic: Health Reform 2009: Challenges and Opportunities for Public/Safety-Net Hospitals
When: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. CT
Price: IFD Members: FREE - Non-members: $80

For over a century, safety- net hospitals and health systems have provided high-quality health care to millions of uninsured and low-income individuals. Increasingly, however, our fragmented health care system, the erosion in government financing and the growing number of uninsured threaten the ability of public hospitals to maintain their vital mission. Larry Gage, president of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, will describe the potential impact of various reform proposals in Congress on America's public hospitals.
REGISTER TODAY

Have a great weekend!

Sharon C. Allen,
Marketing & Membership Manager
ASHHRA
Fred Hobby
President
IFD


Abuse protection sought for health care workers
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Air Med flight nurse Laura Sorensen told her boss in 1993 that she had multiple sclerosis. After learning of Sorensen's diagnosis, University Hospital wouldn't let her return to her job, she said, and instead moved her to its burn unit. Sorensen filed suit under the Americans with Disability Act, but a judge threw out the case because she was not physically impaired enough to be considered disabled. And that, she said, was exactly her point: At that time, she wasn't disabled and was capable of doing her job. Now in a wheelchair, Sorensen told her story to legislators in the hope they will consider passing a new law that protects health care employees from being bullied by their employers. MORE


Scholarships aim to add diversity to nursing
Loyola Phoenix    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This spring, 15 of Loyola's students in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will each receive a $10,000 scholarship. The New Careers in Nursing Program has three objectives. The program aims to increase the number of working nurses and those interested in teaching nursing nationwide, and to increase the number of men and minorities in the field. More
House to hire 'diversity consultant'
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Chief Administrative Officer Dan Beard informed House staffers that he is hiring a "nationally recognized diversity consultant" to review workplace culture. The man in charge of keeping the House operating day-to-day sent an e-mail to employees working in the various support offices, saying that the new consultant "in the process of being selected, will develop an assessment of our commitment to diversity and offer a full report of any additional best practices we can implement immediately." More

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Health Net launches groundbreaking Medicare advantage plan targeting Latinos
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Health Net, Inc. launched Salud con Health Net Medicare Advantage HMO (Salud Medicare), the first-of-its-kind Medicare Advantage HMO plan targeting senior Latinos. Building on Health Net`s popular suite of Salud con Health Net products currently available to employers and individuals, this new,comprehensive medical and prescription drug plan provides Latino Medicare beneficiaries access to culturally sensitive health care services in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino for the annual enrollment period, beginning Nov. 15. More
Broadlane utilizes diverse supplier to deliver 24 percent savings to health care clients
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Broadlane has delivered an average savings of 24 percent to health care clients by partnering with Compression Therapy Concepts (CTC), a certified, small-business, woman-owned diversity supplier of Deep Vein Thrombosis prevention products. The relationship has also increased CTC's market share within the Broadlane client base from less than 1 percent to approximately 60 percent. More


In a switch, police invite scrutiny of racial profiling
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By the time police Sgt. Robert Motyka responds to the disturbance call at a local hospital emergency room, the man at the reception counter is clearly agitated. His speech is unintelligible. He becomes frantic as the officer slowly approaches, urging him to calm down. In a blur of flailing arms, the man reaches for something in his back pocket. Motyka has no time to consider the possible consequences of one of the most potentially combustible scenarios in America: a confrontation between a black man and a white officer. The live-ammunition exercise, confined to the department's shooting range, is part of a growing body of research and training in nearly a dozen law enforcement agencies across the country aimed at eliminating persistent racial profiling by police. More
Ambulances start charging extra for obese patients
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As the nation battles the obesity crisis, ambulance crews are trying to improve how they transport extremely heavy patients, who become significantly more difficult to move as they surpass 350 pounds. And caring for such patients is expensive, requiring costly equipment and extra workers, so some ambulance companies have started charging higher fees for especially overweight people.The move to modify ambulances is just the latest effort to accommodate plus-sized patients. Some hospitals already offer specially designed beds, wheelchairs, walkers and even commodes. More

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Eliminating health disparities: What works?
Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When issues related to the unequal treatment of specific populations are examined, clinician bias is increasingly implicated for its probable role in impacting patient care. Past columns have examined the role of clinician bias and stereotyping, a relatively young area of research and data gathering. Several researchers have emerged as leaders in the development of the theory and measurement of clinician bias and stereotyping. More



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