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Are You Using Data to Support Your Staffing Strategies?

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Thanks to a variety of advanced technologies, today's organizations in all industries have access to data that can help them make informed business decisions designed to drive growth.

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Topics: VISTA, Facilities & Practices, Labor Strategy, workforce optimization

Challenges Facing Critical Care Physician Staffing and How to Fix Them

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Since the spread of COVID-19, hospitals across the country have suffered a shortage of critical care providers due to the increased demand brought on by the healthcare crisis. The U.S. is projected to experience a shortage of over 7,900 critical care physicians due to COVID-19. Subsequently, many hospitals need critical care physicians, but it can be challenging to find the right candidates within the time they need them. 

Hospitals face particular challenges in critical care physician staffing, which VISTA's Rapid Response Recruitment Solutions can help overcome.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Facilities & Practices, Staffing Technology, workforce optimization

Hiring and Retention Strategies for Preserving your Revenue Stream

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM

According to Deloitte, 51% to 60% of hospitals could hit negative margins by 2025. The healthcare industry is notoriously difficult to manage, given the constant payer mix changes, regulatory pressures and rising labor costs. Behind the veil of regulatory frictions and insurance confusion, tangible ways to contain and control costs can offer immediate relief. Reducing turnover can significantly reduce your costs, improve quality-of-care, and help you build sustainable and stable financial models to tackle the other challenges. 

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Topics: Industry Updates, VISTA, Facilities & Practices, Labor Strategy, Staffing Technology, workforce optimization

Solutions To Current Financial Pressures In Your Health System

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 14, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The average healthcare system is no stranger to financial pressures. Even back in 2017, Deloitte estimated that over 50% of hospitals would hit negative margins by 2025 due to payer mix changes, regulatory frictions, and rising labor costs (which are primarily fueled by hyper-competitive fields like physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Now, with COVID-19, an accelerated regulatory atmosphere, a shift in practice habits (e.g., the rise of virtual visits), and shaky supply chains, the pressure to build resilient healthcare revenue streams has never been higher.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Facilities & Practices, workforce optimization

How Telehealth is Affecting Rural Hospitals

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Sep 30, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Rural hospitals face multiple challenges in providing care to their patients. Issues such as reliable transportation, an inability to find staff willing to work in their area, and a general lack of resources compared to urban centers can impact patient care. These challenges aren't insurmountable, and healthcare organizations can help mitigate them by turning to telehealth.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Facilities & Practices, Telehealth

How Workforce Optimization Will Support Your Medical Organization

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Sep 17, 2020 4:00:00 PM

In-house recruiters may not be working directly with patients, but the decisions they make regarding the workforce have great potential to influence your medical group’s overall performance.

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Topics: VISTA, Facilities & Practices, Staffing Technology, workforce optimization

Why Your Organization Needs a Workforce Optimization Strategy

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Sep 2, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. hospitals were already amid historic workforce shortages and shrinking budgets. Coronavirus only exacerbated this growing trend, shining a spotlight on the American healthcare system's challenges and flaws.

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Topics: Industry Updates, VISTA, Facilities & Practices, workforce optimization, Telehealth

Are You Billing Locum Tenens Under The Q6 Modifier?

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Aug 19, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Misinformation continues to surround the use of the Q6 modifier, or the billing for services provided by a locum tenens physician, resulting in mistakes that prove costly or even detrimental to practices, as they may result in audits or further disciplinary action.

The Q6 modifier is a tool that practices can use when a physician is away for an extended period of time, requiring temporary coverage by a locum tenens. It covers Part B fees or medical claims related to the professional service provided, billed using the existing physician's NPI number, and the Q6 modifier.

To prevent abuse, there are stringent rules in place surrounding the conditions for using this modifier. When being used, the surrounding circumstances must be well-documented. Carefully review the details of when and how to use the Q6 modifier to ensure that you remain compliant.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Facilities & Practices, Locum Tenens Work, HR

How Healthcare Leaders Can Leverage Workforce Optimization

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Aug 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Healthcare leaders have different ideas on what workforce optimization is and why it is essential to their healthcare system. Understanding contingent staffing needs, providing in-demand clinicians to your facilities, and knowing what is costing the healthcare system, can be overwhelming, especially in today's challenging and changing environment. 

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Topics: Industry Updates, VISTA, Facilities & Practices, workforce optimization

Case Study: Cost Containment Through Workforce Optimization

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jul 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

VISTA recently embarked on an engagement with a large multi-specialty medical and healthcare management group to discuss the challenges they were facing. These challenges included the following major areas: cost containment, transparency, compliance, and how to reduce the dependency on locum tenens.

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Topics: Industry Updates, VISTA, Facilities & Practices, workforce optimization

Welcome to our blog!

At VISTA we’re dedicated to being our clients’ strategic workforce optimization partner. With our deep industry expertise and exclusive locums MSP technology, we help health systems, hospitals, practices and government entities build and sustain effective workforce models that ensure patient access to care and organizational stability. Covering more than 60 specialties, we staff physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to help our clients preserve revenue and maintain profitability.