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TeamHealth Acquires MESA Medical Group

PR Newswire (10/15/13)

TeamHealth Holdings Inc. has announced the acquisition of Marshall Physician Services LLC, operating as MESA Medical Group or MESA. MESA, a physician-founded organization, manages and staffs emergency medicine and hospital medicine programs in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia. TeamHealth is a provider of outsourced physician staffing.

Congress Passes Debt, Budget Deal

Wall Street Journal (10/17/13) Janet Hook; Kristina Peterson; Chris Dieterich

President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation passed by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reopen the government through Jan. 15, 2014, and suspend the debt ceiling through Feb. 7.

A key question is whether the political and policy dynamics in Congress will change when it tries to meet the new January deadline for funding the government for the remainder of fiscal 2014 and the new February deadline for raising the debt limit. The bill calls for broader budget talks by a House-Senate committee. The bill sets a Dec. 13 deadline for that group to report back, but there is no mechanism guaranteeing that a deal be struck.

ASA: Fed Reports Continued “Modest to Moderate” Economic Growth

American Staffing Association (10/17/13) Alexandra Karaer

The Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”) says that overall economic activity continued to expand at a “modest to moderate pace” throughout the nation during the survey period. Contacts across the 12 districts generally remained cautiously optimistic in their outlook for future economic activity, although many also noted an increase in uncertainty due largely to the federal government shutdown and the debt ceiling debate. The report notes, “Demand for staffing services increased in the New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Minneapolis districts, with New York citing strong demand for information technology occupations and Cleveland highlighting health care and manufacturing. In contrast, staffing service activity was down slightly in the Chicago and Dallas districts.”

Jobless Claims in U.S. Fall Less Than Forecast

Bloomberg (10/17/13) Victoria Stilwell

More Americans filed for unemployment last week than was forecast, as California worked through a backlog of claims and the impact of the federal government shutdown became more apparent. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, jobless claims fell by 15,000 to 358,000 in the week ended Oct. 12. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had predicted a decrease to 335,000.

Get Your Staffing World® 2013 Recordings

The full Staffing World 2013 recordings package will soon be available for convention attendees on ASA Central. The recordings were included in the standard registration package price (unless you opted out).

Attendees can order recordings at the discounted rate of $195 until Dec. 10. After Dec. 10, the rate will increase to $390. Recordings will be available by mid-November, and everyone who purchased the package will be notified by email.