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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Earlier this year, a robot named Watson beat out two long-time champs on the quiz show Jeopardy. The QA computing system built by IBM has since garnered attention from folks within the healthcare industry, and this past September, Watson landed his first full-time gig with WellPoint Inc. Andrew J. Lang gives us five things to know about Watson's role in healthcare.
November 7, 2011
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A new report from human resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt and healthcare consulting firm Polakoff Boland says employer interest in accountable care organizations is ramping up as they seek new ways to continue offering healthcare benefits to employees.
November 3, 2011
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As Heather Budd tells it, Ray Lavoie, executive director of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care (BVCHC), which serves uninsured and under-insured patients, believes that a small, government-funded health center like Blackstone can provide care that equals or even rivals the care delivered by the private sector.
November 3, 2011
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Hospitals are taking steps to avoid overdocumentation, according to clinical informatics experts.
November 3, 2011
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In an age when many medical schools are issuing tablets in place of textbooks, physician recruitment firms and practices must keep up with the industry's latest technologies in order to improve communication and outcome.
November 2, 2011
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With the conversion to ICD-10 disease and treatment coding expected by the government-set deadline of Oct. 1 2013, and all that entails, a new career path is emerging in healthcare – the chief knowledge officer, or CKO.
November 2, 2011
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Rising demand for electronic patient records management has spurred Peirce College in Philadelphia to introduce a bachelor's degree in Health Information Administration (HIA). The HIA credential will help equip those aspiring to management and leadership positions in the healthcare field, college officials said.
November 2, 2011
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Steven Bennett, vice president of recruitment firm Kirby Partners, got right to the point. "I do love your unhappy employees," he told an audience of about 100 CIOs Thursday at the annual fall forum of the College of Health Information Management Executives. "If it’s not me who calls, it’ll be some other recruiter."
October 28, 2011
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Pay-for-performance (P4P) does not result in providers cherry-picking patients, nor does it cause a negative impact on patient outcomes, according to a new study.
October 28, 2011
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Implementing the latest health IT is a challenge in and of itself, but having a competent team makes it that much easier. Fred Pennic, senior advisor with Aspen Advisors and author of the blog Healthcare IT Consultant, suggests five ways to attract the best health IT employees.
October 27, 2011
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In the midst of economic uncertainty, IT decision-makers in the healthcare industry report expected growth in overall IT budgets and hiring, according to the latest CDW IT Monitor.
October 20, 2011
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Mercy, the eighth largest Catholic healthcare system in the U.S., announced plans this week to build a virtual care center in Chesterfield, Mo., billed as "the first of its kind in the country."
October 13, 2011
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