Fall is a season of change; changing leaves, changing temperatures, and lately the change of all regular-flavored food/drinks to some variation of pumpkin! As we enjoy the beautiful foliage or our first pumpkin-spice latte, we should think about the importance of another type of change: change management. The healthcare industry is constantly undergoing significant change due to shifts in reimbursements and compliance requirements. In addition, the shortage of skilled workers and low unemployment rates are driving personnel costs higher.
Successful budgets should not just exist in a galaxy far, far away or once upon a time! Budget numbers are only meaningful if they can be achieved and maintained. As organizations draft and finalize the budgets for the 2019 fiscal year, it is important that the focus not just be on fixed, annual numbers, but on flexible, volume-based staffing goals as well. This will ensure alignment with performance improvement strategies and real-time control over labor costs.
Mediocrity is never a goal. No one ever aspires to be ordinary nor does any business strive to be average. Yet it is often the case as it becomes harder and harder to stand out and separate oneself from the ever-growing pack.
In today’s environment, it is safe to say that the majority of people would agree that personal health and fitness are key elements to living a long and happy life. However, for a large portion of the population, clean-eating and frequent exercise are not part of their current routine. In an effort to “battle the bulge” and get healthier, people turn to fad diets or quick fixes for immediate gratification.
What does “Best Practice” mean in the healthcare environment? Just as in any other field, “Best Practice” is the commitment to using all the knowledge, processes, data and technology at one’s disposal to ensure success. However, let’s take that one step further and note that this success must be realized in the most efficient manner possible in order to make a difference to your organization’s bottom line. Controlling costs through the proper utilization of resources and minimization of waste are ways that hospitals and health systems are achieving “Best Practice” status.
When it comes to the healthcare industry, the general public tends to put quite a lot of trust in their local hospitals, doctors, surgeons and medical staff. And why shouldn’t they? After all, it takes many years of schooling and dedicated practice for one to acquire any degree or licensure pertaining to medical care. With today’s advanced technologies, hospitals and health systems worldwide have saved more lives than ever thought possible.
With today’s advanced technologies, healthcare providers have saved more lives than ever thought possible. Miracles are happening every day. State-of-the-art equipment currently available certainly plays a role, but these miracles are due mainly to the outstanding teams of medical professionals who utilize these resources to make improved healthcare outcomes a reality.
In the healthcare industry, it is important to have access to the strongest leadership model possible. With all the changes that have taken place even in the last five years alone, medical institutions have had to deal with the disruption of existing models across both the public and private sectors. Unfortunately, the trickiest step to success often involves change of an equally radical type: administrative changes are increasingly common making the market for the most qualified leaders more difficult than ever to navigate.
One of the important activities conducted by healthcare providers is a thorough performance review of physician practices. Healthcare organizations and their leaders, along with physicians should understand the importance of these reviews and how consumers rely on this information when making their healthcare buying choices. As the number of newly insured patients enter the marketplace for healthcare services as a result of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the information provided in these reviews serve to educate the public and identify areas for improvement.
Effective healthcare practice relies on strong management. There is no way around it. Without strong leadership driving your organization forward, even the simplest processes can seem daunting.