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.

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.

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.

March a Record Month for Healthcare Jobs

In March healthcare added another 37,000 jobs – the most so far this year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics…. Even with the new jobs being created, healthcare – like other fields – needs to be carefully considered before a potential employee accepts a job.

Tackling Family Physician Shortage

For now, Prineville has just one family doctor for every 943 residents — a staggeringly low number… The shortage of primary care physicians isn’t just in Crook County — it’s nationwide. Studies show by the year 2020, America will be short 30,000 family physicians.

On Medical Practice [Business] Succession Planning

Article Summary Succession planning is a dynamic process requiring current ownership and management to plan the medical practice or company’s future, and then implement the resulting plan. As a financial planner and advisor myself, I see many doctors and clients approach business

Study Reveals Looming Crisis for Healthcare Leadership

Article Summary Many North American healthcare organizations are expected to face a leadership succession crisis, according to a survey of 117 senior industry executives and managers conducted by American Management Association/Corporate Learning Solutions. Fewer than 7 percent of healthcare organizations are well

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