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ASA Staffing Index Hits Record High

Staffing employment for the week of Dec. 8–14 rose to 107.54, according to the ASA Staffing Index—the highest value since the index’s inception in June 2006. Temporary and contract staffing employment increased 0.40% from the prior week and was 4.18% higher than the same week last year.

That same week also will be used in the December monthly employment situation report, which will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Jan. 9.

AMN Healthcare Acquires Avantas

AMN Healthcare Services News Release (12/22/14)

Health care workforce solutions provider AMN Healthcare Services has acquired Omaha, NE-based Avantas, a provider of clinical labor management services. The purchase price includes an initial payment of $16.5 million, with an earn-out potential of up to $8.5 million based on future operating performance.

TeamHealth Acquires Certified Anesthesia Services

TeamHealth Holdings News Release (12/22/14)

Physicians staffing solutions provider TeamHealth Holdings Inc. has acquired Washington, DC-based Certified Anesthesia Services. CAS’ more than 40 physicians and certified registered nurse anesthetists manage approximately 28,000 cases annually.

U.S. Economy Posts Strongest Growth in More Than a Decade

Wall Street Journal (12/23/14) Ben Leubsdorf; Jonathan House

The economy grew at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.0% in the third quarter, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, up from 4.6% in the second quarter and the strongest pace since the third quarter of 2003. The agency previously had estimated third-quarter GDP growth at 3.9%, and economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had forecast a smaller upward revision of 4.3% growth.

The economy has seen strong growth since the spring, following a fleeting GDP contraction in the first quarter. Meanwhile, hiring this year was its most robust since 1999.

Get Help With 2015 ACA Implementation—Join ASA Today

Among the top benefits of joining ASA right now is instant access to the most credible, industry-specific information available regarding the Affordable Care Act and what staffing firms need to be doing right now to prepare. Despite the change in congressional leadership and the uncertainty regarding how the Affordable Care Act will be implemented and enforced next year, ACA compliance will remain a major challenge for staffing firms in 2015. Members have access to the expertise of the ASA legal team and receive important updates on
  • Yet-to-be-issued regulations, on topics such as new health plan discrimination testing, and clarifications of previously issued rules, including the government’s definition of “minimum value” health insurance
  • Congressional actions that may change the employer reporting rules, redefine full-time employment, and repeal the auto enrollment requirement for larger employers
  • Court rulings that could significantly change how the law affects employers
Join ASA today and start reaping the benefits. Contact the ASA membership team at 703-253-2020 or