VMS Technology for healthcare staffing and recruiting For years now healthcare recruiters have been under enormous pressure to keep their own or client facilities fully staffed. With phones ringing all day from potential candidates, a bursting at the seams email inbox, and hiring managers clamouring to urgently fill open positions, it can be difficult for medical recruiters to stay organized and productive. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A Vendor Management System (VMS) that interfaces with a national marketplace of healthcare professionals can not only streamline your recruiting process, but open your candidate sourcing to the entire country. “We realized significant savings almost immediately. With our first FTE hired through Candidate Direct, we saved $6,200. Candidate Direct gave us more candidates to choose from at more competitive rates. I wish all systems were this easy to use.” Curious? Read on to see how healthcare facilities and staffing agencies can benefit. No Investment Required  Let’s begin by asking a question. If you were offered a no-cost, easy-to-use web-based IT solution to source, recruit, procure and manage contingent and direct hire needs, would you accept the offer? We’re not talking about a [+]

A recent Harris Interactive survey revealed that 80 percent of healthcare employers experienced a bad hire in 2012 with adverse effects to the organization and, ultimately, wasted money for the hiring organization. The financial ramifications of a bad hire do not lie solely with lost wages, but with the onboarding costs to recruit and train the employee -- which can range from $25,000 to $50,000.money calculator Of course, the employer then has to start the entire hiring process all over again. The catalyst of a bad hire is often an intense need to fill a position and as a result the employer does not exercise due diligence in the employee screening process. Common Mistakes in Employee Screening The sense of urgency to fill an open position can have negative effects if any of the following are present: The inability to quickly and accurately verify the credentials and skills required to qualify for the position. The failure to accurately check personal and past employment references thoroughly. An attitude to settle on a candidate just to fill the position rather than wait for the most qualified person. An inability of the hiring manager to accurately assess the character and values of the candidate [+]

Rapid change affects recruiting efforts in any industry. But when a patient’s health is on the line, as in the healthcare industry, it’s extremely important to make the right hires consistently. The ACA, the ARRA of 2009, and an aging population are all contributing to rapid changes in the healthcare industry. Add to that the ongoing workforce shortages and you soon realize why recruitment has become so difficult in the healthcare arena. But it doesn’t have to be. In addition to our many healthcare recruiting options, we offer three innovative IT recruitment solutions to help hospitals and other healthcare providers ease the burden of medical staffing both internal and external: 1. Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)

RPO services cover all aspects of the hiring process including sourcing, recruiting, interviewing, background checks, hiring, and on-boarding. Our 25 years in healthcare recruitment has provided us with the necessary tools to manage the hiring process in a way that delivers high-quality candidates at the lowest possible cost. In addition, you will receive access to one of the largest network of nursing, physician, and allied health professionals in the nation featuring active, passive and hidden talent pools. Candidate Direct’s RPO services offers a workforce solution that [+]

Or will hospitals leverage healthcare staffing technologies in favor of the bottom line? With third-party payor reimbursements dropping below sustainable levels and healthcare reform shrinking Medicare and Medicaid, hospitals will find profits harder to come by. For some, better managing staffing agencies and using data to drive staffing decisions will do the trick. For others, outsourcing workforce management functions or re-evaluating managed care contracts will be sufficient to reign-in cost centers and boost profits. hospital staffing softwareStaffing, a healthcare employer's single largest expense, is probably where hospital cost reductions can affect profits most quickly. Patient census data and the benchmarking of hours worked per case allow for the flexible and accurate scheduling of part timers and travelers. This reduces staff down time, heightens productivity during peak times and is critical to not over or under staffing facilities, both of which adversely impact profits. Tightening vendor policies and diligently tracking the performance of staffing agencies can also improve the look of a P&L. Narrowing vendor relationships to only top performers and holding agencies accountable to competitive bill rates and timely submission of documents will save staffing managers time, money and aggravation; savings that can be converted to [+]

Bridging gaps in patient care can save lives, experts say. Healthcare employers are deploying web-based workforce management solutions such as vendor management to fill open positions. Vendor Management doubled in 2008-2010 and demand for the technology is expected to continue. BOCA RATON, FL April, 2011 - A nurse staffing report published in the New England Journal of Medicine March 17 demonstrates the importance flexible nurse staffing has on positive patient outcomes. The three-year study, entitled "Nurse Staffing and Inpatient Hospital Mortality" tracked nurse staffing levels across 43 hospital units at a tertiary Magnet facility. Findings showed that when nurses were accurately matched with patient needs shift-by-shift, risk of mortality decreased. "This study demonstrates that hospitals must implement staffing systems that are flexible enough to meet the individual needs of each patient for every shift, every unit and every day, said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN. "It shows that nurse staffing should not be viewed as a cost to be minimized, but as a critical factor in producing quality patient outcomes - ultimately saving lives." Sue HigginsHealthcare providers can achieve [+]

A fully configured vendor management system could be part of your answer This year hospitals have until March 15 to complete HHN’s Most Wired Survey, a series of about sixty questions that aid an elite panel of hospital and information technology leaders in determining which U.S. hospitals lead the pack in the adoption and implementation of innovative healthcare technologies. The idea behind the survey is to recognize hospitals for unique healthcare IT projects that improve the wellbeing of patients, staff and stakeholders. What’s different about this year’s Most Wired Survey is the heightened emphasis on hospitals’ use of analytics and reporting, business processes reshaping the way healthcare does business in an era when performance, measurability and accountability are the new kings of conscientious hospital CEOs. most wired hospitalsFor example, the survey question: “What management tools are available online?” which asks survey takers if they engage an enterprise management solution, shift-bidding, or a workforce management tool that measures staff productivity and cost trends. What would your answer be? Would it be: "Yes, my hospital vendor management tells me how much my contingent workforce costs me in a click of a mouse." or "No, you’ll have to give me a day [+]

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