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Donald Trump and Affordable Care

Posted by Tim Teague on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 @ 03:37 PM

Donald Trump and Affordable Care Act

 

As Donald Trump moves closer to becoming the Republican’s presidential candidate in the general election, there are new ramblings of what he would do to Obamacare if elected. Many arguments have been made against the continuance of this growing governmental entity, but odds are the ACA has already “left the station”, never to be diminished or ended. The last battles are likely to be held in state legislatures where expansion of Medicaid and State sponsored exchanges are still in flux. A particularly interesting outcome will be the Commonwealth of Kentucky where a recently elected Republican governor has vowed to dismantle and discontinue a well-entrenched statewide exchange that had been operating for years.

 

If history is to be repeated, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay, and massive changes to its structure are very doubtful. Let’s take a quick look at what was said in the 60’s when Medicare, a similarly tagged national health plan was proposed.

 

Ronald Reagan: “[I]f you don’t [stop Medicare] and I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.” [1961]

George H.W. Bush: Described Medicare in 1964 as “socialized medicine.” [1964]

Barry Goldwater: “Having given our pensioners their medical care in kind, why not food baskets, why not public housing accommodations, why not vacation resorts, why not a ration of cigarettes for those who smoke and of beer for those who drink.” [1964]

Bob Dole: In 1996, while running for the Presidency, Dole openly bragged that he was one of 12 House members who voted against creating Medicare in 1965. “I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare . . . because we knew it wouldn’t work in 1965.” [1965]

 

If these arguments sound familiar, so will the likely outcome of the more recent protests against the ACA. In a period when both major parties are struggling to figure out who their constituencies really are, odds are the Affordable Care Act will just keep lumbering along.

 

Good news for those seeing increased healthcare dollars expanding their business, but not necessarily for those desiring less government intervention.

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Tags: Affordable Care Act, Healthcare, health

Physicians becoming Hospital Employees - Does it affect the Locum Tenens Demand?

Posted by Tim Teague on Wed, Mar 02, 2016 @ 11:22 AM

Between 2010 and 2015, a milestone in the practice of physicians was reached. The number of physicians working as employees of a healthcare organization or a group practice surpassed the 50% mark. This direction of employment versus independent Screen_Shot_2016-02-12_at_12.51.30_PM.pngpractices has been a growing trend. Hospital systems have been aggressively recruiting physicians for several years. Their financial model relies heavily on the negotiation of rates with insurers, and having employed physicians in-house enhances that bargaining power. What should continue to push this trend are the “pay for performance” economies within the Affordable Care Act. Another factor is a new generation of physicians that are more interested in work-life balance than investing time, money, and energy in building their own practice.

At first glance, it would seem this trend would decrease the demand for Locum Tenens. Upon further investigation, the opposite will probably be the case. One needs to look no further than the burgeoning contract nurse industry to see an important trend. Demand for contract nurses has historically been a year-round need, with summer vacation times for the in-house nurses creating some of the greatest demand.

As physicians continue to enter the market as hospital employees, many of the trends that have followed the historic nursing demand will be seen in physician demand. Mandatory vacations and the typical summer swings should increase with physician employment trends. Although the Staffing Industry Analysts predict a 6% increase for the locum tenens market, it should see increasing demand as more physicians move to the employment model.

Tags: Locum Tenens

Cyber Security Part 2:  Data Breach and Cloud Computing Dangers

Posted by Tim Teague on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 @ 08:37 AM

As previously discussed, the move to Cloud computing is simply the change from working with applications that are loaded on your local computer to working with applications that are generated online via the Internet.

Cloud Computing, or web-based applications are not a “Clouds” per se, but are Laptop Work-10.jpgapplications that are housed in a computer that is accessed remotely via the Internet. Data centers around the world house computers that are designed to allow users from around the world to connect to these computers that run various applications while the results are displayed on your local computer.

Consider a large-scale online service such as eBay. Millions of users may simultaneously be looking at items, bidding on items, or paying for items. This activity is NOT happening on your local computer, but on an array of computers housed in various data centers, processing your request, and sending back results to be viewed on your local screen.

This process forms the genesis of cybercrimes. An analogy would be putting many of your personal valuables in your car, and traveling to a foreign destination using the Interstate. You may not know the exact directions to your destination, so you rely on traffic signs along the way. The problem is these traffic signs are nothing more than electronic billboards, and someone can temporarily take over the billboards and give you false directions to lead you to a very bad location. Waiting for you at the end of the road are criminals that can hold you hostage and steal your valuables.

Although a simplistic analogy, consider the Internet a public transportation system, and the information presented along the way, if hi-jacked (hacked), can steal valuable information since you are truly traversing a public road.

The degree to which hackers will go to obtain or hack information is phenomenal. Although the possibilities are endless, two of the most creative schemes are 'phishing’ and 'Trojan horses'. Phishing typically fools users into thinking they are at a legitimate website that asks for proprietary financial information. These sites are carefully constructed and may have every appearance of looking exactly like an identical trusted site. Many times hackers will buy domain names with a slightly misspelled address name to capture unsuspecting, but “too quickly” typed URLS.

Trojan horses are typically received via email and have attachments that request to be opened. These attachments come under the guise of something important that must be opened to receive some important information or benefit. Another analogy would be traveling down the Interstate and the electronic sign changes to say “Free Gas” one mile ahead. You can’t resist, but once you exit, there is not a happy ending.

In summary, if you are going to travel the public highways, better check your destination before you start and have a good guide to rely on to make sure your valuables are kept safe!

Tags: Cyber Security

Cyber Security Part 1:  Understanding Cloud Computing

Posted by Tim Teague on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

The terms “Cloud Computing” and “In the Cloud” are terms that harken pictures of data sitting somewhere in the sky with no physical attributes. Although nothing could be further from the truth, this terminology still leaves consumers scratching their heads as to how all this data can live up in the sky!

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To make the terminology more clear, the day you started using email, you were involved in “Cloud Computing”. It may be more instructive for you to substitute the word “Internet” for Cloud. In other words, any application that requires a connection to the Internet can be considered “Cloud Computing”

The reason we are hearing more about “Cloud Computing” is the extensive array of services that now require Internet connections to use. Many of the applications that users historically loaded to their desktop or laptop computer no longer require these applications to be loaded locally. Some examples of products that have moved to “Cloud” or “Internet” based use include the Microsoft Office suite of products, Quicken, QuickBooks, and a large array of other products that can be accessed and utilized via the Internet.

One of the downsides of “Cloud Computing” is the necessity of a continuous connection to the Internet. If the user has a provider that has numerous outages, these Internet Based applications cannot be used during these outages. The advantages of Cloud based computing is the ability of the provider to automatically provide product enhancements and patches to enhance both security and usability.

So the next time you hear the term “Cloud Computing”, just replace the word Cloud with Internet, and you’ve got it!

Tags: Cloud Computing

How Leading Staffing Agencies Can Quickly Fill 1,000’s of Job Orders

Posted by Kate Akers on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 @ 11:02 AM

In the staSlide1.jpgffing industry time is of the essence and having the right technology can make or break a company. EZ Job Filler, a new breakthrough technology in medical staffing, allows agencies to fill VMS job assignments even faster.

BlueSky Medical Staffing Software has partnered with EZ Job Filler to automate the process of importing job orders from various job aggregators. Utilizing this tool, agencies can simply forward the orders from various VMS platforms to the BlueSky System via EZ Job Filler to quickly populate the system for fast candidate matching.

BlueSky Medical Staffing Software is a leading provider of Software as a Service solution in the healthcare staffing industry. BlueSky services manage credentials, schedules, payments and reporting for a variety of healthcare providers. BlueSky continues its commitment to meeting the needs of its clients by providing them with cutting-edge tools in this evolving market, such as providing it’s users with a mobile application and now offers its latest enhancements with EZ Job Filler.

The demand for healthcare staff is steadily growing due to signing of the Affordable Care Act and the aging baby boomer generation. The latest Bureau of Labor Statistic report on current employment shows the healthcare sector averaged monthly growth of 40,000 jobs in 2015 versus 26,000 in 2014.

Consequently, Healthcare staffing has seen the proliferation of vendor management systems (VMS) and/or managed services providers (MSP) whereby jobs are aggregated and delivered in bulk to temporary agencies. These bulk orders often create new manual entry requirements for the staffing agencies. EZ Job Filler has successfully bridged the gap between the demand for services and the best possible matches.

The technology is one more move in the elimination of tedious and oftentimes error prone data entry. Tim Teague, President of BlueSky Medical Staffing Software and a veteran of the healthcare staffing industry, understands that technology can give agencies a significant advantage. He says, “As demand for healthcare workers increases, the battle for talent will be won by those organizations that can respond the most quickly and efficiently.”

EZ Job Filler is designed to maximize the user’s speed to market, while minimizing the back-office staff required to enter each posted job listing.

Click here to learn more about this ground breaking techonology. 

Tags: staffing software, VMS

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