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Q&A Wal-Marts Linda Dillman Talks About Changing the Health Care System

March 16, 2007
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Linda Dillman, formerly Wal-Mart’s chief information officer and now its executive vice president of risk management, benefits and sustainability, is trying to use technology to change the health care industry and, in the process, improve health care quality and drive down costs through greater efficiency.
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Letting Doctors in on the Ratings Process

March 16, 2007
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Nearly two years before Regence Blue Shield issued its first letter telling doctors they would not be included in Boeing Co.’s select network, another organization just a few miles away was working toward a similar goal of rating medical clinics, hospitals and doctors, but in a much different way.
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Backfire at Boeing Misadventure in High-Performance Health Care

March 16, 2007
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How the aerospace company's effort to institute performance-based health care raised the ire of workers and physicians and landed its insurer in legal hot water.
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In the Eye of a Brainstrom

February 13, 2007
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Pitney Bowes uses brainstroming sessions to help devleop solutions to problems and create new products—including new health care programs.
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How Pitney Bowes Is Turning Its Innovative Health Care Practices Into a New Business

February 13, 2007
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While the health care industry might seem like an unlikely business opportunity for a company known for selling postage meters, Pitney Bowes’ approach highlights how an innovative health benefits team can take a problem and turn it into a solution that not only reduces costs, but offers a potential revenue source.
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5 Questions for Craig Barrett, Intel's Chairman

January 19, 2007
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In December 2006, Intel chairman Craig Barrett unveiled the formation of Dossia, an employer-sponsored group that would create a system of personal, portable electronic health records for member’s employees. Barrett recently spoke with Workforce Management staff writer Jeremy Smerd
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NEWSMAKER #4 J. Frederick Motz

December 29, 2006
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When U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz issued his opinion July 19 in the case of Retail Industry Leaders Association v. James D. Fielder Jr., Maryland’s secretary of labor, Motz had no intention other than to address the case at hand.
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NEWSMAKERS #2 Erik Lie and Randall Heron

December 29, 2006
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The exposure of widespread manipulation of stock option grant dates began as an academic hunch in the minds of Erik Lie and Randall Heron.
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Top 5 Newsmakers of 2006

December 29, 2006
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The writers and editors of Workforce Management look from corporate boardrooms to the halls of government and academia to spotlight the people who had the greatest impact on the employers and the workforce over the past year.
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NEWSMAKER #5 Patricia Dunn

December 29, 2006
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Patricia Dunn will be remembered this year for being at the center of a scandal in which no one in the executive suites or boardroom got rich.
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