Think it's hard keeping an eye on RN and Allied healthcare turnover? Try keeping an eye on hospital CEO turnover. According to a report from the American College of Healthcare Executives, the hospital CEO turnover rate in 2013 was 20 percent, up from 17 percent the previous year. Further evidence that healthcare staffing is no easy proposition -- at any level. While CEO's may be expected to feel confident in their prospects after leaving the corner office, RN's, physical therapists and other healthcare employees on the front line may be experiencing a different situation. Healthcare workers have long been among the most confident US workers-- even through the recession -- giving high ratings to their job security and prospects of finding a new job if the need arises.

Citing burdensome reporting requirements, the Obama administration has delayed the employer mandate portion of healthcare reform until 2015 giving employers an additional year to comply with worker health insurance. Under the provision, companies with 50 or more workers face a fine of as much as $3,000 per employee if they don’t offer affordable health insurance. Sue HigginsSue Higgins, Product Development Director at Stay Staffed supports the decision, “This change to 2015 will allow companies to better evaluate their options. Companies that are nearing 50 employees, where the employer mandate becomes effective, can supplement their workforce with contract or temporary workers and avoid the mandate. By setting up an effective vendor management or recruitment process outsourcing system, companies can continue to grow without going over the 50-employee threshold. The extra year will enable more companies to set up effective systems if this is a strategy they choose to take.” Many Companies Already Using Contingent Workforces One of the reasons for the boom in temporary employment is that many employers are utilizing contract workers to avoid the healthcare reform mandate. Temporary staffing jobs hit a record 2.68 million in May growing by 25,600 from the previous month. The temp industry [+]

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, 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 [+]

In January’s State of the Union address, President Obama announced the inclusion of $100 million in the upcoming 2014 federal budget for research on a brain mapping project. While the announcement has been received relatively warmly on both sides of the political spectrum, there is some concern due to the federal budget sequester cuts. The overall goal is to enhance neuroscience research by focusing on epilepsy, autism, Alzheimer disease and traumatic brain injuries, and by doing so, it will create more jobs in healthcare facilities nationwide.. The infusion of cash into this scientific branch would be the catalyst for what appears to be a decade’s long project. Bipartisan Support Obama stated, “We can’t afford to miss these opportunities while the rest of the world races ahead. There is this tremendous mystery that is waiting to beObama brain project unlocked.” A spokesman for House Speaker, John Boehner, R-Ohio, states that the brain mapping project would be “exciting, important research” and that “it would be appropriate for the White House to reprioritize existing research funding into these areas.” Obama is adamant that United States researchers make the inevitable future discoveries in order to reap the economic returns rather than allow any [+]

Healthcare facilities of all sizes can contain costs, track contingent workforce activities and optimize healthcare staffing spend Human resource professionals find oasis in Vendor Management System contingent labor technologies You're a human resources leader at a busy hospital facility. The pressure is on to make every healthcare staffing penny count, and with healthcare reform expanding patient populations and restructuring reimbursements, higher ups are calling on you to support healthcare staffing decisions with ROI. Enter "Vendor Management Systems" or VMS. A means of tracking patterns in staffing volume, quantifying the performance of contingent workers and managing all costs associated with a contingent workforce of nurses, doctors, therapists, PAs, interns, orderlies and volunteers. It's free to implement, and peers in the profession have told you their vendor management system saves time and money. It's tremendous, say peers, to view and manage all of their healthcare travelers, per diems, locum tenens and scope-of-work contractors in real time and with just an Internet connection. Having access to a highly competitive healthcare staffing environment, where staffing agencies bid on postings and where volume pricing with preferred vendors can be negotiated. Sue Higgins“Whereas one staffing vendor agency may have a stated  bill rate of $64 an hour  [+]

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