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Background screening

- Michigan lawmakers are considering a bill ( S.B. 621) that would require all of the state’s 5,000 nursing homes to conduct criminal background checks on all prospective employees. Also, the bill would require these facilities to conduct annual criminal background checks on current workers.

Did You Know That?

- Documents obtained by The Sunday Times of London show that British hospitals suffer 43 violent assaults per year on average. Most are committed by patients who are attacking staff, often as a result of frustration over long waiting times. Patients have attacked staff with pool cues, walkers, and, in one case, a bottle of urine.

The Trauma of Terrorism: Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care.

- This is not a book so much as a collection of essays, monographs, and first-person accounts of the effects of terrorism from ground zero—the point of impact—to the human effects years afterward.

Hospitals Join EOC Teams

- Florida, which has a lot of experience with hurricanes, has found a way to improve the coordination of healthcare services in such events.

OSHA

- Several bills that would give employers more latitude in disputes with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have been merged into one measure(H.R. 739) This bill has been passed by the House of Representatives and is currently pending in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.The legislation would allow employees more time to contest safety violations. Currently, employers have 15 days to contest safety violations. The bill would allow employees to exceed that 15-day time limit if the failure to contest results is from “mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect.”H.R. 739 would also allow employers with 100 or fewer employees and a net worth of $7 million or less to collect attorney’s fees if they prevail in a dispute with OSHA.

Bacterium May Have Killed 19,000 in 2005

- Researchers say M.R.S.A., a virulent drug-resistant bacterium found in hospitals and nursing homes, could account for more deaths than HIV/AIDS.

Can Your Business Withstand a Flu Pandemic?

- What businesses can do to prepare for the business continuity and security implications of a flu pandemic before it hits. (Online Exclusive)

Reporting of Potential Health Problems Examined

- Are the systems that public health agencies have in place to receive and handle reports of suspicious diseases adequate? In an effort to answer that question, the RAND Corporation polled 19 of the 2,800 public health agencies around the United States. The study found inconsistencies in reporting methods that showed a need for national standards. The study also found that staff training needed to be enhanced.

Quick Bytes: Remote problem

- Should a disaster such as a flu pandemic hit the United States, many companies will deploy their work forces remotely so that business can continue without jeopardizing the health and welfare of workers

Data Protection

- Under the measure, the Secretary of Health and Human Services would have developed a strategic plan to coordinate information regarding the implementation of standards for transmitting, coding, and protecting consumer health information.

OSHA.

- The bill would allow employees to exceed that 15-day time limit if the failure to contest results from “mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect.” H.R. 739 would also have allowed employers with 100 or fewer employees and a net worth of $7 million or less to collect attorney’s fees if they prevailed in a dispute with OSHA.

Privacy

- Privacy issues that arise when companies outsource services involving clients’ personal health information are examined in this GAO report.

Bioterrorism

- A bill (S. 2825) introduced by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-MN) would require that the government award grants to improve the health of those living on the U.S. border with Mexico.
 




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