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Excerpts from testimony by PhRMA ’s Lori Reilly
Today, Lori Reilly, executive vice president for policy, research and membership at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), testified at the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions about understanding the role the drug delivery system plays in determining what patients pay for medicines.  (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - October 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: drug cost Source Type: news

Arthritis on the agenda at party conferences
The policy, public affairs and campaigns team (PPA) has been raising recognition of arthritis at four key political party conferences: Liberal Democrats, Labour, Conservatives and the Scottish National Party.Alongside our Chief Executive, Liam O’Toole, staff attended various high profile events and round tables, and for the first time, at Labour and Conservative conferences, we also had an exhibition stand:showcasing hard hitting stats about the impact of arthritisproviding copies of ourPrevent, Transform, Cure manifesto, with key asks for MPsproviding local statistics for MPs to learn about prevalence in their ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - October 10, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

The Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis
Three-hour Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee meeting from October 2017 on the opioid crisis and what the federal government is doing about it. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - October 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis
U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 10/05/2017 This three-hour, eight-minute Congressional hearing discusses how well the federal government has responded to the mounting public health crisis of the opioid epidemic. Speakers discuss the opioid crisis'two primary issues: the significant rise in opioid analgesic prescriptions that began in the mid-to-late 1990s; and a lack of health system and healthcare provider capacity to identify and engage individuals, and provide them with high-quality, evidence-based opioid addiction treatment, in particular the full spectrum of medication-assisted treatm...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Committee of MPs launch new inquiry into benefits
On the 29th September, the Work and Pensions Committee, an influential group of MPs, launched a new inquiry where they will investigate how the application, assessment and appeals processes are working for two benefits: Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP).If you’re ill or disabled, ESA offers you financial support if you can’t work, alongside help to get you back into work if you’re able to. PIP provides financial support to help with some of the extra costs caused by living with a long-term condition or disability. The amount you get depends on how your condition a...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - October 4, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

The Prankster who Interrupted Theresa May ’s Speech Has Struck Before
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative Party conference on Wednesday was interrupted by a protester who handed her a P45 form — roughly equivalent to a pink slip — and shouted “Boris made me do it” as he was dragged off stage. This was a reference to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who in recent weeks has been accused of challenging May’s authority in a bid for the top job. But who was the prankster, and what has he done before? Hi @BorisJohnson, I gave Theresa her P45 just like you asked. pic.twitter.com/gzW0UluDMv — Simon Brodkin (@simonbrodkin) Octo...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Billy Perrigo Tags: Uncategorized Conservative party conference lee nelson simon brodkin Theresa May United Kingdom Source Type: news

Could their be a bipartisan Obamacare fix?
Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act appear to be dead – at least for now. But two U.S. senators may soon unveil a bipartisan proposal to make modest healthcare fixes. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee’s ranking member, are back at work negotiating a bipartisan plan, according to reports in The Hill, Politico and elsewhere. Alexander told Politico on Sept. 29 that there might be a piece of legislation ready for Senate leaders by the end of this week. The deal rep...
Source: Mass Device - October 2, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Healthcare Reform ACA Affordable Care Act Obamacare Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes West Sussex jobs move
UNISON has welcomed the decision to “insource” admin jobs at the West Sussex multi-agency safeguarding hub that deals with children and young people. Administration at the hub is currently covered by a county council contract with Capita. But now the council says it is bringing the admin jobs under direct management because “vulnerable children are at risk of harm due to insufficient numbers of assessments being undertaken within 24 hours”. UNISON south east regional organiser Caroline Fife (pictured) said that the union is pleased at the decision, adding: “The reality is it could do little el...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News children's services insourcing local government outsourcing privatisation South east Source Type: news

The Republican Fight to Repeal Obamacare Is ‘Dead as a Doornail.’ For Now
Vice President Mike Pence emerged from a lunch with Senate Republicans stone-faced, dodging questions as he beelined for the exit. His silence made it clear the latest Senate attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act was dead, thus thwarting yet again a core Republican promise. One of the bill’s sponsors then came forward to confirm it. “We don’t have the votes,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, who along with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina drafted the latest attempt at scrapping the seven-year-old law. “Am I disappointed? Absolutely.” Senate leaders said the issue wasn’...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maya Rhodan and Philip Elliott Tags: Uncategorized Affordable Care Act Congress Health Care Obamacare Senate Source Type: news

Republican Senators Vow to ‘Press On’ With Healthcare Bill at Debate
Just hours after a third Republican senator came out against the latest healthcare proposal, all but guaranteeing its defeat, GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy defended it during a televised debate with independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar on CNN. Graham and Cassidy, the namesakes of the latest Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, spent the night repeating their talking points about the law signed by President Obama in 2010. “It’s about Obamacare failing,” Graham said. “It’s not working and it’s never going to work.” But the Gra...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - September 26, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Maya Rhodan Tags: Uncategorized Affordable Care Act Bill Cassidy Congress Donald Trump Healthcare John McCain Lindsey Graham Obamacare Senate White House Source Type: news

ACP to Senate: Efforts to stabilize health insurance markets should first, do no harm
(American College of Physicians) The American College of Physicians (ACP) told the Senate today that any reforms being considered to help stabilize the health insurance marketplaces should first, do no harm to patients and actually result in improved access and quality of care. This message was part of a set of seven recommendations that ACP submitted as testimony to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee's hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: Health Care Stakeholders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: 'IPEC Must Go Hang'
[The Herald] THE Insurance and Pensions Commission should not clamour to have medical aid societies under its regulatory purview, because it does not possess the competence and credibility to warranty such responsibility, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 8, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ascension settles lawsuit over pension plan exemption
Ascension Health has agreed to guarantee $29.5 million in pension benefits to settle a lawsuit that alleged the health care system improperly claim a religious exemption for a retirement plan. In July, a class-action suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against St. Louis-based Ascension Health and Wheaton Franciscan Services Inc., alleging Wheaton underfunded its pension plans and improperly claimed a church-plan exemption from the Employee Retirem ent Income… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 7, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

Ascension settles lawsuit over pension plan exemption
Ascension Health has agreed to guarantee $29.5 million in pension benefits to settle a lawsuit that alleged the health care system improperly claim a religious exemption for a retirement plan. In July, a class-action suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against St. Louis-based Ascension Health and Wheaton Franciscan Services Inc., alleging Wheaton underfunded its pension plans and improperly claimed a church-plan exemption from the Employee Retirem ent Income… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 7, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

The Latest: Senator urges health compromise by both parties
The chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee says both parties must be willing to compromise to achieve a deal that would strengthening the country's individual health insurance markets (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Health-Care Industry Asks Senate For Two Years Of Obamacare Subsidies
Lobbies for health insurance companies, doctors and big business are asking the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to provide more Obamacare stability than the Donald Trump White House has. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 6, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:ANTM NYSE:HUM NYSE:AET NYSE:MOH Source Type: news

Supreme Court decision forces NHS pension rule change
NHS trusts are to be asked for help in tracking down unmarried former partners of deceased NHS staff who were wrongly denied pension benefits, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New research strengthens link between mental health and retirement savings
(Medica Research Institute) The question of how mental health status affects decisions regarding retirement savings is becoming a pressing issue in the United States. Key factors contributing to this issue include the tenuous state of the Social Security system, greater use of defined-contribution pension plans by employers, longer lifespans, and the rise of depression and other mental health issues in older Americans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Descendant of Civil War Pensioner Still Receives Payout
Someone's Still Getting a Civil War Pension. As you might imagine, it's complicated. by Randy Lilleston, AARP, August 25, 2017|Comments: 0. Civil War Pension. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - August 26, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Hickenlooper to testify on Obamacare before U.S. Senate panel
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will travel to Washington, D.C., next month, joining four other governors in testifying before a U.S. Senate committee on ways to shore up the nation's health-insurance markets in the wake of Congress' failed attempts to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act. The governors are slated to appear before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Sept. 7, State House News Service reports. The panel also plans to hear the day before from state… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 23, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mark Harden Source Type: news

Hickenlooper to testify on Obamacare before U.S. Senate panel
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will travel to Washington, D.C., next month, joining four other governors in testifying before a U.S. Senate committee on ways to shore up the nation's health-insurance markets in the wake of Congress' failed attempts to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act. The governors are slated to appear before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Sept. 7, State House News Service reports. The panel also plans to hear the day before from state… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 23, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Mark Harden Source Type: news

Can we really work for longer? Study asks how feasible a higher retirement age is for people with arthritis
With retirement ages going up and the value of pensions and savings going down, more and more people with arthritis will need and want to work for longer. Arthritis can be a barrier to working at any age, with thousands losing out in the world of work every year because of their condition. That’s why we're funding health and work research to help people with arthritis find or stay in work, inspire changes in the workplace and influence and inform policy-makers and employers.The Health and Employment After 50 (HEAF) study at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work has recruited more than 8...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Cost of malingering mild traumatic brain injury-related cognitive deficits during compensation and pension evaluations in the veterans benefits administration - Denning JH, Shura RD.
Given the high rates of exaggeration in those claiming long-term cognitive deficits as a result of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), the aim of this study was to evaluate the rates of malingering in those seeking disability through the Veterans Benefits ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Interpretation Of Plan's Terms Was Reasonable Based On Extrinsic Evidence
SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 28 affirmed a district court's ruling that a pension plan had the discretion to decide which level of disability retirement benefits should be paid to a plan participant and that the interpretation of the plan's terms by the plan's board of trustees was reasonable based on the extrinsic evidence (Harold Davis v. Pension Trust Fund for Operating Engineers, et al., No. 15-17212, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 13727). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - August 15, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

LTD Plan Is Ambiguous As To Whether Insurer's Offset Was Permitted, Panel Says
NEW ORLEANS - A district court did not err in finding that a disability insurer abused its discretion in offsetting a claimant's long-term disability benefits because the plan is ambiguous as to whether a direct rollover of pension funds to an individual retirement account entitles the insurer to offset the claimant's disability benefits, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said July 18 (Joel Thomason v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 16- 10634, 5th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12932). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - August 15, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Commission to Regulate Health Funders?
[Financial Gazette] The Insurance and Pensions Commission (IPEC) is in discussions with government, which could see the regulator extending its oversight to medical aid societies, currently being governed by the Ministry of Health and Child Care. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 10, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Renationalise failing privatised probation services, say unions
The government must bring failing privatised probation services back under public control instead of leaving the taxpayer to bail them out, UNISON, NAPO and GMB said today (Wednesday). The three public service unions have written to justice secretary David Lidington highlighting how ‘risky and controversial’ reforms – where private probation firms manage thousands of people who have committed offences – are not working. They say findings from a long-awaited review of these so-called community rehabilitation companies (CRCs) must be published in full, along with details of th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 8, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release ben priestley police police and justice privatisation Source Type: news

Potentially traumatic events as predictors of disability pension: A 10-year follow-up study in Norway - Lassemo E, Sandanger I.
AIMS: Are potentially traumatic events associated with subsequent disability pension? Traumatic exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may represent a disabling state with both personal and professional consequences for the affected individual.... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Victory for the Mail as NHS bans fat cats' pension ruse
Thousands of bosses have exploited the loophole, with some taking out pensions while still earning their salaries. But now the Department of Health has put an end to the practice. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US Senate passes FDA user fee reauthorization bill
US Senators today voted to pass the FDA’s Reauthorization Act of 2017 to reauthorize the FDA’s user fee program, sending the bill on to the President’s desk to sign. The FDA Reauthorization Act renews an existing law that expires on Sept. 30 and which provides the majority of FDA funds used to regulate pharmaceuticals and medical devices and determine whether they are safe and effective. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 94-1, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voting against it. The US House of Representatives passed the bill last month. Industry groups applauded the passage, including medical device...
Source: Mass Device - August 3, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat Capitol Hill Source Type: news

DH tightens 'retire and return' pension loophole for NHS managers
NHS trusts must not approve bids by staff to retire and then return to work unless there is a business need and it provides value for money, new official guidance says. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 2, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Baby boomers have a good life, but don ’t blame them for Brexit | Letters
They can ’t help being born at a lucky timeNick Cohen tars all “baby boomer” pensioners with the same brush (“Must growing old mean becoming poorer and lonelier?”, Comment). As a baby boomer pensioner, I think this is very unfair.We are certainly comparatively well off; undoubtedly we benefited from various housing booms and now benefit from our protected pensions. However, some of us feel guilty enough about this without being accused of “selfish idiocy” over the costs of Brexit, which we certainly did not vote for and are very angry and sad about.Continue reading... (Source:...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 29, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Ageing Brexit Poland UK news European Union Foreign policy Tax Article 50 Politics Work & careers Source Type: news

Adverse childhood experiences and disability pension in early midlife: results from a Swedish National Cohort Study - Bj örkenstam E, Hjern A, Vinnerljung B.
BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined the association between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and disability pension (DP). The current study aimed to investigate the relationship between different ACEs, cumulative ACEs, and DP, and the mediating role ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Hull university members protest against pension cuts
University of Hull senate members faced a determined protest yesterday by low-paid staff who could lose as much as £1,000 a year in retirement after changes to their pensions. The protest at the senate meeting saw porters, mail room workers, student support, grounds and maintenance workers and administrative assistants give up their lunchtimes to protest against senior management’s decision to close the university’s final salary scheme and move them to a defined contribution scheme. Under the new scheme, their pensions will depend on how much money is available to buy an annuity when they retire – a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News education services higher ed higher education occupational pensions universities Source Type: news

Higher education: Hull members protest against pension cuts
University of Hull senate members faced a determined protest yesterday by low-paid staff who could lose as much as £1,000 a year in retirement after changes to their pensions. The protest at the senate meeting saw porters, mail room workers, student support, grounds and maintenance workers and administrative assistants give up their lunchtimes to protest against senior management’s decision to close the university’s final salary scheme and move them to a defined contribution scheme. Under the new scheme, their pensions will depend on how much money is available to buy an annuity when they retire – a...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 27, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News education services higher ed higher education occupational pensions universities Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Ipec Seeks Jurisdiction Over Medical Aid Societies
[The Herald] The Insurance and Pension's Commission has made case to Government for medical aid societies to be placed under its regulatory purview to improve governance and protect policyholders' funds. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

NHS worker allowed to keep £30,000 after pensions mix-up
An NHS worker has been told she can keep more than £31,000 in payments she was not entitled to after blunders by the NHS Business Services Authority (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pension age change another blow to public sector workers, says UNISON
Wednesday 19 July 2017 For immediate release Commenting on the government’s announcement that it plans to bring forward the rise in pension age from 67 to 68 by seven years, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This will be another bitter blow for public sector workers who’s workplace retirement is also linked to the state pension. “They will have to work an extra year to pick up their state pension, while the retirement age for their workplace pension will also be increased. “This move is not based on people living longer. It’s a cynical move to make many low paid workers in the...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 19, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release occupational pensions pension age State retirement age Source Type: news

Man guilty of NHS pension fraud
A man has pleaded guilty to claiming almost £28,000 from his dead mother’s NHS pension after being caught by a national fraud prevention programme. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Occupational and leisure-time physical activity and risk of disability pension: prospective data from the HUNT Study, Norway - Fimland MS, Vie G, Holtermann A, Krokstad S, Nilsen TIL.
OBJECTIVES: To prospectively investigate the association between occupational physical activity (OPA) and disability pension due to musculoskeletal cause, mental cause or any cause. We also examined the combined association of OPA and leisure-time physical... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Dementia and Alzheimer ’s main cause of death for women, says Public Health England
Female life expectancy is now 83 years but many women will spend a quarter of their lives in ill-health, finds reportAlzheimer ’s disease and dementia are the biggest cause of death among women, according to a government report on the state of the nation’s health.Related:Don ’t dread old age. I’m 94, and I won’t spend my last years in fear of the Tories | Harry Leslie SmithContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Alzheimer's Dementia Life expectancy Women UK news Pensions Health Mental health Society Poverty Life and style Money Social exclusion Ageing Older people Science & wellbeing Politics Back pain Obesity Diabetes Source Type: news

US House passes medical device user fee agreement
The US House of Representatives today passed a bill to reauthorize the FDA’s medical device user fee program, alongside a prescription drug, generic drug and bio similar programs through 2022. Newly appointed FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb applauded the passage, saying it was a “timely reauthorization key for FDA, patients,” on Twitter after the bill passed. “This legislation will save lives,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) said on the house floor, according to a Regulatory Affairs Professionals report on the vote. The Senate has not yet scheduled a floor debate for its version of the user fee bill,...
Source: Mass Device - July 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat Capitol Hill User fees Source Type: news

Tufts Medical Center Hit By First Nurses Strike In Boston In 31 Years
BOSTON (CBS) — More than 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center went on strike at 7 a.m. Wednesday after last-minute negotiations between the union and the hospital failed. It’s the first nurses strike in Boston in more than 30 years. The one-day strike at Tufts is a protest of what the Massachusetts Nurses Association says are the hospital’s “safety issues.” They’re asking for more nurses, wage improvements, and pension protections for the nurses they represent at the hospital. “It’s not a place that any of us wanted to be but we feel very much forced into this situa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Business Consumer Health Local News Syndicated Local Massachusetts Nurses Association Tufts Medical Center Tufts Nurse Strike Source Type: news

Pension plan is the last hurdle in Tufts nurse strike talks
Contract negotiations between Tufts Medical Center and its union nurses are getting derailed mainly by one issue: changes to the retirement plan. Eleventh-hour contract talks are scheduled for Tuesday. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 10, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Pension plan is the last hurdle in Tufts nurse strike talks
Contract negotiations between Tufts Medical Center and its union nurses are getting derailed mainly by one issue: changes to the retirement plan. Eleventh-hour contract talks are scheduled for Tuesday. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 10, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Tufts Medical Center: ‘ We ’ re Ready ’ If Nurses Strike Wednesday
BOSTON (CBS) — Officials at Tufts Medical Center said they are prepared in the event that nurses go through with their planned strike on Wednesday. “We have all the resources we need… to take care of all our patients,” Chief Nursing Officer Terry Hudson-Jinks, RN, said at a press conference Monday morning. The one-day strike is a protest of what the Massachusetts Nurses Association says are the hospital’s “safety issues.” They’re asking for more nurses, wage improvements, and pension protections for the 1,200 nurses they represent at the hospital. It could be the first ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Carl Stevens Massachusetts Nurses Association Nick Giovanni Nurse Strike Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Tufts Medical Center Officials: ‘ We ’ re Ready ’ If Nurses Strike Wednesday
BOSTON (CBS) — Officials at Tufts Medical Center said they are prepared in the event that nurses go through with their planned strike on Wednesday. “We have all the resources we need … to take care of all our patients,” Chief Nursing Officer Terry Hudson-Jinks, RN, said at a press conference Monday morning. The one-day strike is in protest of what the Massachusetts Nurses Association says are the hospital’s “safety issues.” They’re asking for more nurses, wage improvements, and pension protections for the 1,200 nurses they represent at the hospital. .@TuftsMedicalCtr...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Carl Stevens Massachusetts Nurses Association Nick Giovanni Nurse Strike Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

FDA user-fee financial impact
I ran across an article in a recent edition of Medtech Insight that focused on the 10 key details from US FDA agreements that will impact medical device and diagnostics companies. The article indicates that the US FDA user-fee reauthorization legislation is proceeding through Congress, most recently with a May 11 markup in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  Lawmakers would like to see a bill passed in July.   The core details of the user-fee reauthorization agreements will have a signification impact on companies’ day-to-day regulatory operations in the fiscal 2018-2022 period. &nb...
Source: Mass Device - July 7, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog IMARC Source Type: news

8% of Multi-Employer Pension Plans At Risk of Defaulting - AARP
4 hours ago ... More pension plans are seeking financial assistance and with 8% of plans at risk of default, possibly costing workers their retirement incomes. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - July 7, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news