Week of January 13, 2020
On December 13, 2019, the Board issued a final rule amending its election procedures. The NLRB uses these procedures to determine whether employees are unionized. The new amendments extend deadlines and add steps to ensure certain disputes are resolved before employees vote. 
2025 Performance Depends on Economy, Pricing Power
Opinions on where the hotel industry will be a year from now vary greatly, but experts generally agree the hotel industry will be looking at brighter days by 2025.
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Airbnb As the Literal Canary in the Coal Mine
With seven million guestrooms available for rent, Airbnb beats out any other hotel company or distributor on the planet for total room inventory. Given its sheer size and its omnipresent brand awareness, when this sharing economy juggernaut makes the move, it's a sign of where the industry is headed.
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Best Practices in 2020: Simple Guide to Hotel Marketing
Marketing has always been about communication and connection in order to engage people. However, today, it’s imperative to go beyond words and images. To gain a competitive edge, hotel brands must add “experience” to the marketing strategy.
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Why It's Getting More Expensive to Run Your Hotel
Running a profitable hotel is difficult work, made harder when contending with unavoidable expenses. Turns out, those pesky costs are increasing globally and showing little sign of relenting.
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U.S. Prices for Healthcare Services Far Outpace Peer Nations
As Democratic presidential candidates debate the state of U.S. healthcare, a common theme is the high cost of the system. Senator Bernie Sanders (I - Vermont), in particular, has made the claim that the U.S. spends twice as much on healthcare, per capita, as any other nation in the world.
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Hospitals File New Lawsuit to Halt 2020 Site-Neutral Payment Cuts
Several hospital groups have sued the Trump administration to halt the latest round of cuts to hospital outpatient departments that went into effect this year.
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Supreme Court to Take on PBM Rate Regulation
The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it will take up a case on whether states can regulate certain aspects of prescription drug reimbursement, essentially taking on pharmacy benefit managers.
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Coding Accuracy Isn't Just About Reimbursements: How Compliance Programs Promote a Quality, Culture and Positive Brand Image
Without medical coders, the healthcare system would come to a halt. These professionals are responsible for coding information documented by physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants into the correct format for billing and reporting purposes. Accurate and compliant coding is critical for several reasons.
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DOL Releases Final Rule to Clarify Joint Employment
On January 12, 2020, the federal Department of Labor (DOL) announced the release of a final rule clarifying issues surrounding joint employment, which is of interest to employers that use staffing agencies, have franchise relationships, and use subcontractors. The effective date of the new rule is March 16, 2020.
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Adaptability Is Crucial for Long-Term Success, Survey Finds
It's not enough for companies to outperform the competition; they must be able to sustain it, according to the results of a study published Jan. 9 by the MITSloan Management Review.
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Need a Morale Booster? Therapy Dogs Can Help
The Evergreen Health services facility in Buffalo, N.Y., is buzzing with anticipation several days before Stella arrive. Stella is the middle-aged golden retriever and a certified therapy dog; her visits are a hit with employees.
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Three Steps to Growing a Strong and Effective Team
Let’s face it: Managing a team can be an enormous stressor. The larger the team, the more likely you are to face interruptions during the workday, meaning delays to your own projects. It’s also likely you work longer hours to make up for that lost time, and maybe you miss important personal events as a result.
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