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Keeping nurses safe: Nursing is one of the most dangerous professions
Heatlhcare Traveler (commentary)
Jennifer L.W. Fink, RN, BSN writes: Do know you that nursing is one of the most dangerous professions in America?

I didn’t know it was mine, even though I’ve been a registered nurse since 1995.

But healthcare workers, including nurses, suffer more workplace injuries than workers in any other profession. According to Health Care Workers Unprotected, a new report by Public Citizen, healthcare workers beat out manufacturing workers for the "most injured" title.

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HIPAA rules tighten patient information
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
You might post personal information on Facebook, but under new patient privacy rules that took effect recently, policymakers are catching up with the rapid explosion of digital data in all aspects of our lives. A final omnibus rule issued in January by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expanded the patient privacy rights and provider obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
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99 percent of Obamacare applications hit a wall
CNBC
It's a batting average that won't land the federal marketplace for Obamacare into the Healthcare Hall of Fame. As few as 1 in 100 applications on the federal exchange contains enough information to enroll the applicant in a plan, several insurance industry sources told CNBC on Friday. Some of the problems involve how the exchange's software collects and verifies an applicant's data.
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How the government shutdown affects healthcare
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is at the center of the budget debate that has resulted in a government shutdown. But one of the ironies of the situation is that the program will remain funded. It even reached a major milestone — the launch of the insurance exchanges — on Oct. 1, the same day other areas of government were forced to place employees on furlough. The ACA, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, are not affected by the shutdown. But other areas of healthcare, particularly those in the public health arena, don’t fall under the same exceptions and were forced into limbo.
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Increasing demand for cardio techs projected through 2020
Chicago Tribune
If you're interested in a fast-growing health care career that doesn’t require a four-year degree, working as a cardiovascular support professional might be the right choice for you. Job demand for these professionals is expected to increase by almost 30 percent during the coming decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with most working in hospitals.
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Visalia, CA, hospital mandates flu shots for all employees
The Fresno Bee
Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, Calif., has a new slogan for its staff: "Get Your Orange On!" The phrase means to put an orange border on an identification badge to signal getting a flu shot, hospital spokeswoman Laura Florez-McCusker said.
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