Dreaming The American Dream: Once More Around On Physician Workforce Policy

For more than half a century the devotees of public health planning in the United States have dreamed of planning the size, composition, and spatial distribution of the nation’s physician work-force so that it can meet the projected “need” for health services in an efficient and equitable manner. Undaunted by a century of failure in this regard, Kevin Grumbach’s paper, “Fighting Hand to Hand over Physician Workforce Policy,” is one more installment of this perpetual American dream. His paper leads one to wonder whether the planning he advocates could ever work—anywhere.

The Last Mile: The Role of HPM in Rounding Out the Enterprise Human Resource Management Mission

Active management of healthcare delivery and cost control has not typically been seen as an integral part of the mission for human resource (HR) departments. But changing times — and skyrocketing costs — have pushed healthcare performance management (HPM) center stage for companies that want to boost productivity, while investing benefits dollars in better health outcomes for their employees.

This shift away from traditional ways of managing employee health benefits stems from a clear and universal reality: rising healthcare costs increasingly pose a core business challenge.

Wellness Study Puts Price Tag on Unhealthy Behavior

Everyone knows unhealthy behaviors can be costly. Now some of those costs have been calculated into dollars. The Thomson Reuters Workforce Wellness Index estimates that employers spend an average of $670 annually per employee on medical care and pharmacy around six behavioral risk factors, with the top cost drivers identified as: Obesity /body mass index ($400), High blood sugar ($150), Tobacco use ($100).

Bridging the Gaps (Healthcare IT)

Ryan Champlin, vice president of operations for the physician network at the Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas, isn’t prone to hyperbole. But when it comes to practical implications of the athenahealth-Microsoft partnership that was announced at HIMSS11 in February, he can’t help it.

“People get mad at me for being so excited about this,” said Champlin, “but, honestly, this is the holy grail of health data.”

Retain your Health Care Specialists in a Changing Economy

Through the deep recession of 2008-2009, healthcare employers could pretty well count on their workers to stay put, even clinical specialists in particularly high demand. But with the economy on the mend, some health care professionals inevitably will start to look for greener pastures. That’s why executives and managers at hospitals and other health care providers are renewing their efforts to retain those hard-to-replace specialists in whom they’ve invested substantial resources.

The Right Hire

Consider more than personality to make sure you choose the best fit for the position at hand. Your new employee has been on the job for 6 weeks now, and you’ve realized that, unfortunately, you hired the wrong person for the job. Her personality isn’t meshing well with her other coworkers, she isn’t working as fast as she should be and she just doesn’t seem like she wants to be there.

Pharma Begins Using Social Media to Recruit New Talent

While Facebook may come to mind as the most likely social media tool for this purpose, it isn’t! This is because Facebook is primarily a social, not a professional network like LinkedIn or BioCrowd. Further, despite Facebook’s gargantuan size, the lack of real time interaction coupled with the sheer volume of updates, ads, activities and games at the site render it largely ineffective as a job advertising or recruiting tool.

Greening Healthcare, a New Opportunity for Engaging Employees

Employee retention and recruitment may seem like the same concept, but each require a very different approach to be successful. With recruiting, the approach is one of educating potential employees about your organization and the benefits of working there. Often this is focused on salary and benefits, with other factors such as working conditions, location, scheduling. However in the last decade, an organization’s green performance has started to become more important and is a contributing factor in attracting new top talent.

AHA Establishes New Award To Recognize Leadership In Health Care Quality Improvement

The AHA announces the new Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award to recognize state, regional and metropolitan hospital associations’ leadership in improving health care quality. The award will be presented annually to a hospital association that demonstrates leadership and innovation in quality improvement and contributes to national health care improvement efforts.