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Compliance is good business

Why you should move compliance into the top five issues in your organization’s strategic plan. By Clay B. Wortham Strategic planning is more important than ever before for today’s successful healthcare organizations of all sizes. Establishing a plan that addresses rising external costs, reduces internal costs and maintains an effective workforce is at the top of the list for many organizations. Too often,

Legislative wrap-up

Victories for nurse practitioners, diabetic students and cannabis oil proponents. By Kenny Colston With the close of the 2014 session, only a handful of important issues to Kentucky’s health community stand to become law this summer. While many other issues wait on the sidelines for their chance in future legislative session. After weeks of committee

Nurses’–now and future–financial needs

Study gains insights into nurses’ overall confidence and outlook towards retirement. By Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman When it comes to nurses and retirement there’s both good news and bad news. The good news is that one quarter (26 percent) of all nurses with a workplace retirement savings plan have accumulated more than $100,000 in assets, up

Six big changes shaking up healthcare

And four “constants” that will help us weather the storm. By Quint Studer Working in healthcare today can feel like being adrift in uncharted highly treacherous waters. Thanks to health reform and other disruptive forces, it’s hard to know what lies over the horizon. It’s tough to predict and plan for next month, let alone

Healthcare dominates

The U.S. workforce is projected to increase and healthcare jobs top the list of fastest growing occupations. By Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman Job growth in the United States from 2013 through 2017 is projected to grow at a rate slightly faster than the preceding postrecession years. But for certain occupations and metropolitan areas, that outlook is much brighter. According to a report

How Methodist tackled the ACA head on

Hospital implements healthcare reform with cutting-edge patient/employee education initiatives. By Freida Campbell For Kentucky, healthcare reform is more than just a statewide transition — it’s a matter of national attention. The state’s transition to the new regulations within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains in the national spotlight, since Kentucky smoothly planned its Medicaid expansion and successfully launched the state’s health insurance marketplace, kynect, offering