There are 10 major trends changing today's workplace, including the rise of millennial workers that will replace aging baby boomers and increased emphasis on flexible work environments, writes workplace expert and author Dan Schawbel. Employers who want to recruit and retain top talent will focus more on employee engagement and hiring from within the company.
The AAFP and four other physician organizations met with Congressional leaders to protest the 26.5% cut in Medicare physician payments scheduled for Jan. 1. "We were not there asking for more money just to prevent payment cuts to physicians," said AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D. "We recognize that the current system is unsustainable -- that it doesn't promote quality. We want to transition to a better system." The groups also emphasized the need to replace the sustainable growth rate formula with a more fair and stable payment system.
Patients should avoid consuming alcohol or central nervous system depressants while on sodium oxybate, warns the FDA. The agency asked health care professionals to remind patients of all points on the recently updated label for the drug, also known as gamma-hydroxybutyrate, which is used to manage symptoms of narcolepsy.
The percentage of older Americans who support marriage for same-sex couples is increasing, even among those who self-identify as conservatives, polls show. One reason for the trend could be that an increasing percentage of people say they know relatives, friends or colleagues who are openly gay. "As far as I'm concerned, if it works for them, it's OK with me," said Doug Montzka, a contractor who says he's a devout Christian and very conservative Republican.
The European Union's highest court, the European Court of Justice, will rule on the proposed emissions trading scheme Dec. 21. The EU scheme is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, but several countries have protested it.