Recent EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) guidance permits hospitals to require or incentivize staff members to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Healthcare administrators who have experienced pushback from employees unwilling to comply with a proposed mandate are now faced with the challenge of how to impose it. With the Food and Drug Administration's full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on August 23, 2021, the argument some medical staff members have used, citing a rushed process, has lost its validity. Health departments of a few states, like New York, have even announced that religious exemptions would not be an available alternative to vaccination.
Healthy company culture is essential to the success of any business. For example, 88% of employment seekers say a positive work culture is vital to their satisfaction with a job. A hospital or medical practice is no different from any other workplace in that regard. Employee satisfaction impacts recruitment, retention, and productivity. It also affects how patients are treated.
2021 National Locum Tenens Week happens August 9 through August 13. Led by the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations (NALTO), this year's agenda also celebrates NALTO's 20 years of operation.
In its fifth consecutive year, National Locum Tenens Week provides a forum for recognizing locum tenens providers and the contributions made by staffing agencies to the healthcare industry. In addition, it gives locum tenens recruiters a valuable opportunity to share their stories on a national stage.
VISTA knows that health systems and medical organizations have cost containment in mind, and CFOs are facing the same challenges but within different environments. Here are just some of the challenges that CFO's of health systems are facing and how to combat them.
Many businesses searching for qualified candidates find an undersupply of workers due to the low unemployment numbers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate so far in 2021 is about 6%, an 18-year low. The job market is roaring back from the historic lows of the pandemic (14.8%) unemployment, which means it is a job-seekers market.
The COVID-19 pandemic upended the way the world works. Nowhere was this more in evidence than in the healthcare workplace, where essential workers were stretched to the limits of their endurance and recruiters faced obstacles like never before.
In today's climate, many hospitals and healthcare systems are understaffed. This reality, combined with the desire to offer excellent care, makes it difficult for them to effectively handle all the duties related to operation on their own. Balancing continuity of care with cost control requires a technology-based approach capable of handling immediate and long-term provider staffing needs.
Clinicians are necessary for successful healthcare delivery. The roles they play in quality patient care, disease management, patient satisfaction, and overall population health are central to hospitals, clinical operations, and society as a whole. However, when a healthcare system experiences a high turnover rate in its clinician pool, the related costs are astronomical. For example, investing in a new hire can demand upwards of one million dollars just for the first year.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) states that National Hospital Week allows communities to shine a light on US hospitals, the backing of US health care systems, and the selfless dedication of US healthcare workers. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is incumbent upon members of American society to take the time to declare their appreciation for the inventive ways that such healthcare institutions and workers provided support to their communities. In many instances, hospital workers were the only comfort to the severely ill and isolated from loved ones.
As pressure to control costs mounts, a growing number of healthcare recruiters are discovering the value that locum tenens clinicians can bring to their organizations. Highly trained locum tenens clinicians deliver necessary post-surgical follow-up care that enables surgeons to continue to operate on patients. They also fill in on an as-needed basis when physicians are on leave, preventing gaps in care and revenue loss.
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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.