Majority of physicians received signing bonus in 2013; Patient care technical workers cancel planned strike at University of California hospitals;

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> Seventy-six percent of physicians were paid a signing bonus as part of their new employment, according to a survey by The Medicus Firm. The survey reveals a slight decline from 2012, when 85 percent of physicians placed by the firm received signing bonuses. Blog post

> Union organizers for patient care technical workers cancelled a planned five-day strike at University of California hospitals Sunday after school officials and the union reached a tentative agreement, reports. Article

> The National Resident Matching Program reports that it matched 16,399 U.S. medical school seniors to first-year residency positions. This year the Match offered 29,671 first- and second-year positions, 500 more than last year and a record high. Announcement

Health Payer News

> A new glitch surfaced on Friday, The Philadelphia Inquirer discovered. The site has been reporting incorrect poverty-level guidelines while automatically telling thousands of individuals they do not qualify for subsidized insurance. Article

> Following UnitedHealth's controversial move to drop 19 percent of its Medicare Advantage network, new rules call for insurers to give members and providers more notice of major network changes and terminations, Kaiser Health News and the Washington Post reported. Article

And finally… Elephants on parade. Article