Key Takeaways: Locum Tenens Webinar

Key takeaways from recent webinar on Dialysis coming soon!


A large percentage of a hospitals overall cost structure is comprised of staffing and related payroll. Yet, the outsourced staffing industry does not maintain adequate transparency when it comes to managing costs to the end users, making price assessments difficult for health systems.

Below we’ve compiled the key takeaways from our recent educational webinar in which we provide information for health systems to more easily assess pricing and best practices when evaluating Staffing and Locum Tenens vendors. Read the synopsis below.

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Also check out our in-depth articles on Staffing and Locum Tenens for additional background information.

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Market Analysis: Dialysis

Dialysis is a necessary procedure that allows nearly 500,000 patients in the United States with kidney failure the opportunity to live normal, productive lives. The treatment removes waste, salt, and extra water when the native kidneys are no longer able. Though there are several types of dialysis, the most common is Hemodialysis, in which blood is removed from the body, run through a dialyzer, cleaned, and replaced into the body. Dialysis takes three hours to complete and is offered by health systems as inpatient and outpatient treatments.

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Category Deep Dive Locum Tenens: Are You Realizing Savings in this Purchased Service?

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To ensure there’s no disruption to patient care or billable services, covering open, or even absent, healthcare positions is critical. According to Select International, a position vacancy for one physician can translate to an annual loss of $250,000 to $1.4 million.[1] Cost efficient staffing strategies must be in place to keep services and revenue flowing. In our previous post, we discussed the opportunities for cost-containment in staffing. This post, however, will focus on a specific part of staffing–locum tenens.

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Category Snapshot Staffing: A Big Opportunity for Cost-Containment

 

A report by Kaufman, Hall & Associates revealed that the number of hospital mergers and acquisitions increased 55%, from 66 announced in 2010, to 102 in 2016.[1] Last year also saw a flurry of mergers nationwide, from Kansas to New Jersey, with healthcare systems around the country consolidating in order to maintain their financial viability in an era of legislative uncertainty  and marketplace volatility. Both independent and newly acquired hospitals are actively seeking areas for cost-containment to strengthen their bottom lines. One way to do this is to closely examine all purchased services expense categories (over 1,200!) for hidden savings opportunities. In this post, we’ll discuss, specifically, the category of staffing and what to look for when researching this category. 

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A Closer Look at Savings in Hospital Waste Management

Hospital waste management is a system more complex than it first seems, involving a complicated group of disposal methods that can increase the burden of healthcare logistics on any organization. When it comes to different types of waste, healthcare facilities must use a strict set of guidelines to dictate the appropriate way to dispose of waste safely and effectively.

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Hospital Document Management (Part 4): Document Shredding

Every hospital is most likely already using a shredding vendor at some level, but did you know that the average document security breach costs organizations $5.85 Million in fees and lost revenue? If you think this can’t happen to your organization, think again. I’m sure this hospital in Georgia didn’t think that their patient records would be blowing across their community after their shredding vendor picked them up either. 

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