The American Hospital Association has scrapped its plans to hire an outside consultant to conduct a healthcare work force study, and instead the association intends to do the study itself.
An AHA spokesman said last week the association had received five responses to a request for proposals that it issued in March to human resources consulting firms that may have been interested in the project.
However, the bids the five firms submitted to do the study were higher than anticipated, the spokesman said. The AHA subsequently opted to conduct the project in-house, he said.
Under the original request, the AHA wanted a firm to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the work force needs of integrated delivery systems operating in a reformed national healthcare environment (April 18, p. 39).
The project, dubbed "Work Force Issues Associated with the Formation of Integrated Community Health Networks," also would include an examination of the obstacles in meeting work force goals and of possible solutions to overcoming such barriers.
The results and recommendations would become the human resources component of the AHA's national healthcare reform plan.
"AHA's healthcare reform vision requires a coherent and comprehensive approach to ensure the availability of physicians, nurses and other health professionals that are needed to provide access to care for everyone," the AHA said in the proposal. "AHA's work force goals are adequate supply, efficient use of healthcare professionals and appropriate distribution of healthcare professionals."
The spokesman said the AHA intends to have the project completed internally by this fall, and the results will be circulated to the association's nine regional policy boards for comment at their fall round of meetings across the country.