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Gaining Visibility into Healthcare Workforce Management Cuts Costs

April 24, 2018 - If it takes a village to raise a child, then it may take an entire city to operate a health system. From executives and clinicians to IT managers and front desk staff, healthcare workforce management involves hundreds to thousands of employees who all ensure their organization delivers high-value care to every patient who walks through the door. Hospitals employed over 5.1 million individuals...


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Average Physician Compensation Sees Modest Growth in 2018

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Physician compensations increased slightly over the past year, with the average annual income increasing from $294,000 in 2017 to $299,000 in 2018, according to most recent Medscape Physician Compensation Report. The survey of 20,000 physicians...

Slowing Employment Key to Reducing Healthcare Costs, Experts Argue

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Despite industry-wide efforts to cut spending, healthcare costs are unlikely to decrease unless the industry also reduces the growth in employment, professors from the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College and Kennedy School of Government,...

New Docs Don’t Use Social Media for Healthcare Recruiting, Jobs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

While we seemingly cannot avoid Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other sites, healthcare organizations may want to reconsider using these social media sites for healthcare recruiting and employment opportunities. A recent CompHealth survey of...

Hospitals Acquired 5K Independent Practices from 2015 to 2016

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Hospital acquisitions of independent practices continued, with another 5,000 physician practices acquired by hospitals from July 2015 to July 2016, a recent Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) and Avalere Health analysis showed. The national...

NPs, PAs, and Lay Workers Address Physician Shortage, Reduce Costs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

For hospitals facing a physician shortage, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and health lay workers may be the key to providing high-quality care at lower costs, according to recent research. The physician shortage is expected to reach...

Hospitals Target Labor Costs, Layoffs to Reduce Healthcare Costs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Hospitals and health systems are under immense pressure to improve efficiency and reduce their healthcare costs as payers decrease claims reimbursement rates and hospital consolidation continues to grow. Facing tighter margins and increased competition,...

Management, Job Perception Drive Healthcare Employee Turnover

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Senior leadership, employee perceptions of their job, and management are the top drivers of voluntary healthcare employee turnover, research firm SMD recently reported. High healthcare employee turnover is a major challenge for hospitals and...

How Did Providers Respond to Demand After the Affordable Care Act?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Provider organizations employed additional staff, especially advanced practice clinicians, and expanded facilities and hours in response to increased care demands from more insured patients under the Affordable Care Act, a new Urban Institute...

Trevor Fetter Steps Down as Tenet Healthcare Corp CEO, Director

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Tenet Healthcare Corporation CEO Trevor Fetter stepped down earlier than expected as head of the health system. He also resigned as director of the company, Tenet recently announced. The health system stated in August 2017 that Fetter would no...

Healthcare Workforce Demand Growing Faster than Provider Supply

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The demands of the healthcare workforce are significantly outpacing the supply of new doctors available, especially for primary care providers, a recent Merritt Hawkins survey uncovered. The survey of 935 physicians in their final year of residency...

25% of Physicians Dissatisfied with Provider Compensation Rates

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Even though a majority of physicians either received the same or an increase in provider compensation in 2016, about one-quarter of them expressed dissatisfaction with their annual pay last year, a recent PraticeMatch survey revealed. The survey...

Health Center Work Conditions Drop After Practice Transformation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Improving work conditions for clinicians and staff members may be key to implementing practice transformations for value-based care in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), a new Health Affairs study suggested. Recent survey results showed...

Hospitals Turning to Staff Buyouts to Reduce Healthcare Costs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Massachusetts-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital may extend a voluntary buyout offer to employees in order to reduce healthcare costs in the face of growing labor expenses and stagnant claims reimbursement rates. In April 2017, the hospital...

Primary Care Job Growth Slows, Affecting Healthcare Spending

by Jacqueline Belliveau

With the number of specialist jobs rising nearly six times faster than primary care provider positions between 2005 and 2015, industry efforts to control and reduce healthcare spending may be in trouble, a recent Health Affairs blogpost suggested....

Geisinger Lowers Turnover for Healthcare Revenue Cycle Success

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) indicates that a health system achieved outstanding healthcare revenue cycle performance on metrics such as net days in accounts receivable...

Greater Non-Physician Staffing Helps Healthcare Revenue Cycle

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Increasing the number of non-physician providers and support staff, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners, is key to healthcare revenue cycle performance, a recent MGMA survey revealed. The survey of over 2,900 medical groups across...

ACOs Restructure Healthcare Staffing for High-Risk Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

To successfully lower healthcare costs while improving care quality, accountable care organizations (ACOs) have restructured their healthcare staffing models to provide additional support to high-risk patients, a recent American Journal of Accountable...

Healthcare Prices, Spending, Employment Decline in Early 2017

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Recent research from the Altarum Institute showed that healthcare prices, spending, and employment are all trending downward after a three-year period of healthcare spending acceleration. Healthcare employment growth declined by 10,000 per month...

52% of Provider Compensation Bonuses Tied to RVUs, Not Quality

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Approximately 52 percent of provider compensation offers with a production bonus in 2017 based the additional pay on relative value units (RVUs), while just 39 percent used quality metrics, a recent Merritt Hawkins survey found. The study of...

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