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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The Department of Health and Human Services has a few glaring management and performance issues it needs to work out in the coming year -- at least according to a new report put out by the Office of Inspector General.
December 19, 2013
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While lots of factors have to come together to make a successful health information exchange initiative, none can work well without the proper level of skilled staffing and support -- regardless of how sound its technology infrastructure might be, according to the American Health Information Management Association.
December 18, 2013
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A Black Book Rankings poll of 1,404 human resources officers and board members at healthcare provider organizations revealed estimates that two-thirds of CEOs hired in 2014 will have little to no healthcare sector experience, in favor of other experience and skills in business development and financial management and with heavy technological expertise.
December 17, 2013
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Among this week's people on the move, HCI welcomes two new vice presidents, and Alere gains a board member.
December 13, 2013
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Among this week's people on the move, Valence Health welcomes two new hires, and Kareo gains a vice president of sales.
December 6, 2013
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The cloud-based health IT services vendor has been named the Gold Level winner for the Greater Boston region at the Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards. The awards are given annually by MassEcon to recognize companies that have made outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy.
December 4, 2013
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It's a hard knock life being a CIO in the healthcare sector. Federal regulations have shifted IT teams' priorities away from their typical laundry list of day-to-day tasks. But, as responsibilities pile up and overtime hours accumulate, this year as Thanksgiving nears, even CIOs have something to be grateful for.
November 27, 2013
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Epic Systems Corp. will help Oregon Health & Science University set up two laboratory installations of its EpicCare electronic health record on its servers for medical informatics education and research purposes. On the research side, the school will have access to Epic's source code.
November 25, 2013
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Among this week's people on the move, DaVita HealthCare announces executive transitions, and Wego Health welcomes a new senior vice president of innovation.
November 22, 2013
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If hospital chief information officers and vendor hiring managers think it's tough to find qualified health IT workers now, just wait until technology implementation moves beyond EHR installation, data capture and moderate interoperability to a full-blown effort to transform a broken healthcare industry.
November 21, 2013
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In the wake of health IT advances, the Affordable Care Act and baby boom retirement, jobs such as records technicians, medical assistants, patient navigators and other frontline and nonclinical positions are on the rise, according to a new report.
November 20, 2013
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Working in a hospital IT department is no walk in the park. Teams who were named to our 2013 Best Hospital IT Departments list opened up about how they keep employees motivated, retain top talent and meet a laundry list of deadlines -- all without losing their minds.
November 20, 2013
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Healthcare continues to be patient as we continue to shift from paper to paperless activities. And as we have seen through the various stimulus activities, regional extension centers have been given the arduous task to help execute these various initiatives.
November 7, 2011
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Matt Kaiser, Vice President and Talent Strategist for NAS Recruitment Communications, recently presented a webinar called “Creating a Captivating Candidate Experience.” He discussed five touch points in the recruitment process which employers need to look at from the candidate’s perspective in order to improve engagement.
November 3, 2011
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In last week's blog I focused on the need to embrace change in order to effectively implement healthcare IT solutions, as well as reform healthcare. Perhaps I was remiss in not pointing out that effective and enthusiastic leadership is vital to this effort.
November 1, 2011
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Right now, the HIMSS Annual Conference is in the planning and execution stages; the current list of activities, speakers and technology innovations to be seen at this upcoming conference will be “show stoppers” to stay the least.
October 31, 2011
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For over twenty years my cousin had a successful career in the electronics industry, which she transitioned into after serving in the military. About six years ago she was laid off. Not one to sit around moping, she used her military benefits and went back to school with a focus on healthcare, eventually earning her M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science.
October 28, 2011
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Well another first for HIMSS Professional Development Career Services – the launch of our Emerging Professionals Community! With well over 13,000 members now in our Emerging Professionals Community (“EP Community”), the time has come to get even more engaged with HIMSS and all that HIMSS has to offer with career growth and development.
October 24, 2011
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Just as networking is important for job seekers, it’s equally as important for employers. Take trade shows and conferences for example; these provide perfect settings to advertise open positions at your organization and conduct onsite interviews.
October 21, 2011
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A study published in the Journal of Rural Health finds that rural hospitals lag behind urban institutions in nearly every measure of meaningful use; and the differences are particularly large and significant for CAHs.
October 20, 2011
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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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