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What's the Deal? The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Labor Contract Negotiations
The Affordable Care Act infuses new complexities into collective bargaining negotiations over health-care benefits. The ACA imposes penalties on employers who don't offer coverage to full-time employees (meaning those who work 30 hours per week or more), and it forces unionized employers to make some fundamental decisions that will impact their strategies at the bargaining table.
Those decisions include whether to provide insurance under the ACA's "play or pay" scheme, what types and levels of benefits to offer so as to meet the ACA's requirements and avoid its penalties, how to address coverage for part-time employees, and how to preserve as much flexibility as possible to make plan design changes in response to the ACA's complex and evolving requirements.
Join us for a webinar on the challenges and opportunities that the ACA presents to employers in negotiating collective bargaining agreements.
F. Curt Kirschner, Jr. (San Francisco) – In practice for more than 25 years, Curt focuses on the resolution of complex labor and employment disputes, with a particular concentration on addressing employers' rights and obligations relating to disputes arising in the health-care field. Curt has been designated by the American Hospital Association as its outside counsel for labor matters. On behalf of employers both within and outside the health-care sector and in both the private and public sectors, he has negotiated scores of labor contracts. Curt speaks regularly on various labor relations topics, including the negotiation of health-care benefits in a program sponsored by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
Catherine E. Livingston (Washington) – Cathy is a leading authority on the Affordable Care Act. She has in-depth knowledge of the multitude of tax provisions contained in the ACA, including the employer coverage requirement, the individual coverage requirement, the premium tax credit, insurance reforms, insurer fees, the medical device excise tax, and new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, Cathy was Health Care Counsel in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, where she served as principal legal advisor to IRS senior leadership on all aspects of the Affordable Care Act and its implementation.
Free to ASHHRA Members
Improving the Continuing-Care Candidate Experience
Ensuring Happy Job Seekers and a Top-Notch Application Process
December 10, 2013
1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT
Learn how health care organizations can use assessment technology and behavioral interviewing to enhance the candidate experience, with a special focus on continuing-care job seekers.
Join this webinar to hear strategies from successful health care recruitment organizations, including best practices and tips to keep job seekers happy as shared by continuing-care organization Heritage Community of Kalamazoo. Through better communication, a more effective and well-structured interview process, and relationship building, health care human resources professionals will ensure their organization has a top-notch application process and truly hires for cultural fit.
You Will Learn To:
Free to ASHHRA Members
Contract Labor Process Automation Boosts Efficiency & ROI
A Case Study by Harris Health System
December 11, 2013
2:00 p.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. CT, 12:00 p.m. MT, 11:00 a.m. PT
Managing contract labor processes from procurement of services to invoicing has challenged health care organizations across the nation. At Harris Health, nurse leaders were concerned that manually managing over 30 different contracts for contingent labor was prone to error. Additionally, it was seen as a costly process that presented challenges not only for nursing, but also for the accounts payable team.
In an effort to procure a single nurse, significant time and effort were required making phone calls and sending faxes necessary to identify the nurse and schedule the shift. Finding a nurse with the appropriate competencies for the required assignment often posed a problem. “Behind the scenes” shift switches between nurses (which were difficult to capture) added further complexity. In addition, the process for evaluating each nurse’s performance at the end of each shift was inconsistent and time-consuming, frequently resulting in incremental overtime.
The manual invoicing process was fraught with complexity and prone to overpayment due to both volume and line item validation which was required in order to identify invoices containing errors. Far and away the biggest issue was the stressful environment that was caused when vendors called for payment before invoices had been received, reviewed and validated by nursing and accounts payable personnel.
Harris Health System eliminated these issues by implementing a vendor management system (VMS). In this webinar, learn how Harris Health selected, implemented and engaged all stakeholders in selecting its vendor management system. The benefits the system realized following implementation will also be discussed.
What You Will Learn:
Pamela Russell, Director of Clinical Resources & Support Services, Harris Health System, Houston, TX
Free to ASHHRA Members
The American Hospital Association’s Physician Leadership Forum and the American Society of Anesthesiologists will host a complimentary webinar on the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH).
PSH strives to achieve the triple aim of better health, better health care, and reduced expenditures through continuous improvement for all patients undergoing surgical procedures. The PSH is a patient-centered, physician-led, multidisciplinary, and team-based system of coordinated care. It guides the patient through the entire surgical experience from decision for the need for surgery until 30 days post discharge from a medical facility. The goal is to create a better patient experience and make surgical care safer; thus, promoting a better medical outcome at a lower cost.
Please join Drs. Mark A. Warner and Zeev N. Kain for this hour-long presentation, followed by thirty minutes of Q&A, on December 17, 2013.
Questions: Contact Dan Paloski at (312) 422-2914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Physician Leadership Forum:
About the American Society of Anesthesiologists:
For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists online at asahq.org. To learn more about the role physician anesthesiologists play in ensuring patient safety, visit asahq.org/WhenSecondsCount.
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1st Quarter: Inclusion
Future of workforce trends/models, Diversity and inclusion topics,
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Labor Relations, Advocacy / ASHHRA Advocacy Committee Hill Visit
Policy and Practice, Organizational Commitment
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Succession Planning, Culture, Employee Engagement, Management and Professional Development, Mentoring / Coaching, Talent Management
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