Workforce Management

The healthcare market is considered resistant to economic recession, but that doesn't mean it's any easier to hire and keep good workers when dollars are in short supply. Hospitals and clinics often outsource business processes such as clinical documentation and billing and revenue cycle, while working to retain care professionals and other core staff. Despite recent economic downturn, healthcare remains one of the fastest-growing job sectors in the United States.

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Colorado's newest Medicaid program, the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC), has shown considerable promise in its first year of operations -- significantly reducing hospital readmissions, improving patient outcomes and saving the state as much as $30 million, according to a November agency report.
November 5, 2012
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In the crippling aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) has activated a 24/7 emergency response system to support healthcare-critical infrastructure protection, mitigation and recovery.
November 1, 2012
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A new project by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) aims to examine the relationship between health information technology and ambulatory workflows, according to the agency's Oct. 31 Federal Register notice.
October 31, 2012
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ONC's Health IT Workforce Development Program is funding community college programs that can train technology professionals in healthcare and train healthcare professionals in IT. Nursing programs, in particular, are on the rise.
October 26, 2012
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The federal government may have delayed the start of Stage 2 of meaningful use by a year, to 2014, but that does not mean healthcare providers should relax in their pursuit of the intended goals of the EHR incentive program, namely better, safer healthcare at lower cost.
October 24, 2012
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HealthStream, which develops simulation-based education, training and research software, announced its acquisition of Sy.Med, a developer of credentialing technology.
October 23, 2012
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Officials at the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the Partnership for New York City Fund today announced the creation of the New York Digital Health Accelerator, a program aimed at spurring health IT innovation and job creation across the Empire State.
October 15, 2012
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Chief information officers at healthcare organizations nationwide are confronted with growing challenges as they continue to see IT staff shortages, according to the findings of a CHIME survey released Thursday.
September 26, 2012
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In August, more than 15,000 jobs were advertised online for healthcare professionals that have experience with electronic medical records in the United States, and the market is growing 31 percent year-over-year, according to market researcher WANTED Analytics.
September 21, 2012
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Officials at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) launched an interactive Web-based career development tool aimed at assisting students and health information professionals find and track relevant career paths.
September 14, 2012
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List stories are popular fare for Healthcare IT News readers. There’s nothing like the “7 best jobs in healthcare IT” or “10 ways to work with your vendor” articles to gain the reader’s attention in print or online. The most read and “clicked” articles of that genre are the ones that feature the best hospitals – best in IT, best in safety, best in care.
September 12, 2012
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It's confirmed. Electronic medical records can indeed yield marked savings for hospitals, according to a new study by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University that finds these savings depend on both the IT prowess of hospital staff and the institution's proximity to IT-dense locations.
September 7, 2012
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Recall in a past column we discussed a great way to expand a career reach was to network and get involved. Many times positions are identified by word of mouth and might not be advertised through the usual career routes. So, it’s important to identify every possible way to locate a career opportunity and work that venue to ensure if a position is available you have maximized your opportunity to hear about it and apply.
October 18, 2011
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With uncompensated care, low Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and incredibly large overhead costs, emergency departments (EDs) are one of the costliest sectors of a hospital.
October 17, 2011
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The advocacy group Health Care for America Now has had a loud voice in the healthcare reform debate over the past three years. The company started a Tumblr blog titled "We are the 99 percent," where followers submit photos of themselves holding a sheet of paper, with a message as to why they choose to occupy Wall Street. The site states: "We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution." The list goes on.
October 14, 2011
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We’ve all heard the saying “it’s not what you know, but who you know”, but is this really the case? Yes, it is.
October 13, 2011
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When I was at ASHHRA 2011, a Human Resources Manager revealed she just learned a member of their management team had suddenly passed away. Not only was she upset because she knew and cared for this person, but she also unexpectedly had a position to fill.
October 10, 2011
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Oftentimes we find ourselves relocating to other positions and changing career paths whether intentionally or unintentionally and it can be very stressful and filled with much uncertainty.
October 10, 2011
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Not only does HIMSS Career Services offer our monthly HIMSS Emerging Professional Webinars, but we also added 4 webinars on a quarterly basis featuring seasoned professionals in the Healthcare IT Industry.
October 3, 2011
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This week HIMSS JobMine presented and exhibited at the New England HIMSS HIT Summit on HIT Education and Workforce Retention. Here I learned there is a shift happening in hiring and it’s a move in the right direction.
October 3, 2011
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It’s an exciting time in health IT and HIMSS is here to support all of those efforts! We are proud of our diverse membership and to meet and exceed expectations from our members, we are excited to announce that HIMSS Career Services will now expand its efforts in support the various Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grantee initiatives.
September 26, 2011
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In previous blogs, I’ve discussed the use of social media and the art of resume writing to increase your presence in the job market. I’ve also mentioned the importance of refining your "elevator pitch." Well, an innovative job seeker at the ASHHRA 2011 conference taught me something else.
September 23, 2011
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We are seeing more and more individuals joining the ranks of health IT careers and these career redirections are becoming more commonplace. With this change, comes also a need to further educate about the nuances and ideas in health IT to stay competitive.
September 19, 2011
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This week I attended the annual conference for the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) in Phoenix. I’m not sure which was hotter; the conversations I had with attendees or the weather.
September 15, 2011
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