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The Last Word: Health Care Reform's Hurry-Up Is Just Beginning

June 28, 2012
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To say health care reform is landmark, game-changing legislation that alters the way HR departments implement benefits is an understatement.
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Consultancies and Companies Say They're Ready for Health Care Reform

June 25, 2012
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With tools such as webinars and training videos, companies say they've taken the time to put internal battle plans in place.
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The Last Word: Emails, We Get Emails

May 14, 2012
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There has been a lot of chatter lately about the clutter email adds to our professional and personal lives. Some say the torrent of emails is merely an annoying distraction, a product of life in the 21st century workplace; others contend an overflowing inbox is downright unhealthy.
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The Last Word: Bulletin Board Material

April 18, 2012
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Greg Smith's high-profile farewell may indeed offer inspiration to a generation of young financiers, becoming the article that's tacked to a bulletin board—or more likely a Facebook wall—as a daily reminder to do the right thing.
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The Last Word: Drilling Down

March 7, 2012
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Insurance companies are finally fighting back against exorbitant, seemingly unnecessary billings when a procedure could be done for a lot less.
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Staffing a Chief Worry for Health Care IT

February 22, 2012
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A Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society survey found that almost 90 percent of respondents plan to complete their conversion to the new federally mandated ICD-10 medical codes used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures by the Oct. 31, 2013, deadline.
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The Last Word: Backyard Retirement Plan

February 11, 2012
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'I would like to believe, three years past the depths of the worst economic time since the Great Depression, there are lessons learned.'
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The Last Word: Daughterly Advice

January 20, 2012
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Imagine my delight when I found out over the holidays that my daughter was promoted into management. Like any good father, dear old Dad was more than happy to impart his years of experience from the managerial front lines.
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Secret Santa? Scary!

December 6, 2011
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Someone brought up a previous job they'd worked at and how the company would hold a Secret Santa event. I immediately felt this chill, like a nor'easter howling off Lake Michigan through an open window. Secret Santa? Oh man. Call in our EAP. I've harbored a Secret Santa humbug for years.
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Winners Gather in Chicago for 20th Annual <i>Workforce Management Optimas Awards</i>

March 25, 2011
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This year’s event, held March 24 in Chicago at the Mid-America Club located in the Aon Center, took on a global perspective, as Mumbai, India-based Tata Consultancy Services won General Excellence honors.
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