Some health systems now use recruitment process outsourcing firms, or RPOs, rather than their own HR departments. RPOs generally are contracted to handle the full range of hiring duties for non-executive positions, including initial outreach, interviewing, reference checks and orientation.
Experts say it's important for healthcare providers to become more knowledgeable, sensitive and welcoming to LGBT patients because that population suffers from a disproportionate burden of chronic illness.
Deaths, whether inevitable or caused by preventable medical errors, happen daily at most hospitals. But few have adopted best practices for handling complaints or even questions from family members and caregivers, whose first and understandable reaction often starts with the word “why.”
There's general agreement that a CMS rule barring nursing facilities from requiring arbitration agreements is long overdue. But while industry representatives generally support the proposed rule, parts of it have left some trial lawyers and patient advocates fuming.
Cook County (Ill.) Jail is trying to shed its reputation as the “nation's largest mental health institution,” and it is leading a nationwide movement with jailhouse and community treatment strategies to keep inmates with mental illness from returning.
At the center of the huge U.S. drug research enterprise sit some of its lowest-paid workers, who do the data-entry scut work that holds most research projects together. Unfortunately, they often must juggle their tasks between separate data systems.
Thousands of women have experienced problems with the Essure birth control device. They claim these side effects were not disclosed to them by the manufacturer or their doctors, and that their complaints have been dismissed for years by the device manufacturer, physicians and the federal government.
Lured by the potential for big paydays, nearly 30 states have passed or expanded their own false claims laws to pursue questionable Medicaid billings by drugmakers, healthcare providers and suppliers.
Investors now have a heightened interest in behavioral health after new laws have gone into effect giving treatment for mental disorders payment parity with physical illnesses. Insurers and government payers also are beginning to see treatment of behavioral health disorders as a wise investment.
Twenty physician specialties received a pay hike in 2014, while only three specialties saw their average pay decline from 2013 to 2014, according to Modern Healthcare's 22nd annual Physician Compensation Survey. The largest pay increase last year was in urology.
Twelve organizations supplied data for this year's Physician Compensation Survey.
Hundreds of private-sector ACOs are taking shape across the country. For some, these deals will prepare providers and payers for fully capitated arrangements in which providers are paid a global fee per member for managing an enrolled population's healthcare.