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May 10, 2012
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  • Mass. lawmakers hope "spaghetti approach" will curb health costs
    Massachusetts lawmakers have proposed a broad-based plan to curb the state's increasing medical costs, including a spending cap, new taxes on expensive health care providers and new pay structures for doctors and hospitals. "[I]t's really taking the spaghetti approach to cost control; let's throw a bunch of things against the wall and see what sticks," says MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of the state's health care law. National Journal (5/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wages rise for nurses in office-based physician practices
    UBM Medica's 2012 Staff Salary Survey shows nurses and nurse managers in physician offices got average salary increases of 4% and 12%, respectively, over the past year but noted wages for practice-based nurses still may be below average. To attract and retain nurses, physicians should promote the benefits, such as scheduling, of working in an office-based practice. Healthcare Finance News (5/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotels seek revisions to ADA pool rules
    Many in the hotel industry are supporting a federal bill that would let hotels acquire portable pool lifts instead of the permanent ones prescribed by new rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Hotels are also seeking a 12-month extension on the deadline for compliance. "It gives us an opportunity to work to assure we have the equal access to pools at all our hotels," said Kevin Maher, AH&LA's senior vice president of government affairs. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (5/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Court won't reconsider overtime claims by banquet workers
    An appeal by food service workers to reconsider their claim for overtime pay has been rejected by the Nevada Supreme Court. The court ruled earlier this year that banquet servers at the Venetian and other facilities were salespeople and exempt from the overtime law. Las Vegas Sun (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ava the iRobot could see service in hotels someday
    A prototype mobile robot called Ava the iRobot could someday enter service in the hotel industry, this feature says. The machine features a tablet computer for a head that people can use to navigate spaces or hold a video conference while on the move. Plans call for a pilot program in industries such as health care and retail, but hotels are not yet included. USA TODAY/Hotel Check-in blog (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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