Building a High-Reliability Culture

Changing the culture in a hospital is not for the weak of heart, but we should also realize that we are not blazing new territory. We can look to industries such as naval aviation, nuclear power, commercial airlines and nuclear submarines for examples of culture change and the development of safety as a core value.

Elevating the Role of the Healthcare Human Resource Leader

With the current focus on supply costs, inventories, and productivity, we sometimes overlook the fact that the senior HR leaders in healthcare have the responsibility to strategically manage the most significant and largest expense and resource of any healthcare organization -– the people who provide the care and service. Even though the CFO does not have complete control or influence over supply costs, it remains their ultimate responsibility to make sure the costs are managed efficiently and wisely. Likewise, the CHRO has the added responsibility of dealing with the tightly intertwined cost of people and the impact any decisions will have on the motivation and engagement level of individuals with emotions and concerns.

Securing Healthcare Jobs for Mature Workers

White Paper Summary The graying of America will be reflected in its workforce: between 2010 and 2016, the number of workers 55 and over is projected to increase by 36%, a significant jump when compared to younger populations. Current workforce development efforts

Where Are Organizations in the Decision-Making Process?

Survey Summary Are organizations waiting on regulatory guidance to make some health care decisions? In this third poll in the health care series, nearly one-half of organizations (48%) indicated that they are waiting on regulatory guidance or information on specific provisions in

An Integrated Workforce Planning Strategy for the Health Services

White Paper Summary Workforce planning must take into account the availability of the health workforce. It is necessary that health sector employers work closely with the education institutions to produce graduates that meet the competency requirements for employment. The proper skill mix

Health Care Reform Increases Workforce Planning Needs

Article Summary One of the many upcoming changes in the new legislation will be the 2014 requirement that large organizations offer “full-time” employees and their dependents the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential coverage under an employer sponsored insurance plan. It is

Changes Ahead: Health Care Reform in a Challenging Economy

Article Summary In the wake of passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), health care costs continue to mount for employers, according to Towers Watson surveys of U.S. employers conducted in May and August of this year: The anticipated

Health Reform and the Healthcare Workforce

Joanne Spetz from the UCSF Center for the Health Professions examines how health reform will impact the healthcare workforce. Series: “Health Policy Studies”, UCTelevision. Watch video on YouTube