Healthcare facilities rely on temporary doctors; Senators introduce two-midnight rule fix;

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> Healthcare facilities rely more on locum tenens or temporary doctors to fill staffing gaps, according to a new survey from Staff Care. Announcement

> Senators Deb Fisher (R-Neb.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)  introduced legislation last week to establish new guidelines for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in response to controversy over the "two-midnight rule," according to a statement from Menendez's office. Statement

> Healthcare employment saw little change in February, but hospital employment is down by 10,000 over the past three months, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Report

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> To cut costs associated with expanding healthcare coverage, insurers should consider increasing copayments, concluded an article in the Journal of Health Economics. Article

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the final rule for the Basic Health Program, a voluntary Affordable Care Act program for states to cover low-income individuals. Article

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