Attain Quality and Excellence

The Evolving Nursing Workforce

Understanding the supply and distribution of nurses is key to ensuring access to care and an effective health care system. The nursing profession, with approximately 3 million licensed and practicing nurses in the U.S., comprises the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce. However, efforts are underway to rethink nursing education and training so that it meets the needs of an aging population. Moreover, the capacity of today’s health care workforce may need to be strengthened to meet growing demand brought about by recent coverage expansions. (more…)

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Healthcare Reform and Labor Management

Healthcare reform is reshaping how hospitals and health systems deliver care.

What is Keeping Executive awake at Night?

  • How do we maintain profitability when revenues are going down, medical reimbursements is being cut, and costs are going up? – CEO
  • How do we maintain margins in the face of reimbursement and federal funding cuts while nursing and physician wages are increasing? – CFO
  • How do we engage and provide flexible work options to our nursing workforce? – CNO
  • How do we monitor productivity and improve operational/staffing efficiency to ensure that the most cost effective decisions are being made in staffing? – COO

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Strategic Operating Room Management – Science to run an Operating Room Suite

Operating room management is the science of how to run an Operating Room Suite. Operational operating room management focuses on maximizing operational efficiency at the facility, i.e. to maximize the number of surgical cases that can be done on a given day while minimizing the required resources and related costs. For example, what is the number of required CRNA’s, RN’s, scrub techs, etc., that are needed next week to accommodate the expected workload or how can we minimize the time between cases in the Operating Room? Strategic operating room management deals with long-term decision-making. (more…)

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Leverage Your Lean Six Sigma Process to Attain Quality and Excellence

Increase of quality in healthcare organizations has become an important issue for the industry professionals whether it may be satisfaction in terms of services or the outcomes. Improving quality, improving the processes involved in clinical and translational research, avoiding delays and defects, and speeding up the time to implementation of biomedical discoveries are prime objectives of healthcare industry. Implementing a well-established business approach allows physicians to save hours of time and optimise costs. (more…)

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Align People, Process, Technology to create a Transparent and Centralized Scheduling Process.

The key to most effectively addressing workforce issues is to adopt an integrated and holistic approach that leverages people, process, and technology. This approach helps hospitals and health systems realize significant savings in agency and overtime spend through centralized scheduling of a common contingent pool. A recent study found “strong evidence that incorporating contingent talent offers several advantages,” such as cost flexibility, speed, agility, and a boost to innovation and knowledge transfer. Healthcare organizations need to maintain a contingent workforce at 20% to 25% to help flex with census and acuity while optimizing staffing expense. (more…)

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