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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.

What are you writing about today?

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Healthcare staffing industry professionals: Do you take your health seriously?

Posted by Jennifer Kardell on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 10:02 AM

doctor medical malpracticeWhen you think of the word "health", think about what that word means. Eating right? Excercising? The medical definition from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is as follows:

"The condition of an organism or one of its parts in which it performs its vital functions normally or properly : the state of being sound in body or mind; especially : freedom from physical disease and pain"

"Freedom from physical disease and pain" is the key point in that. What if you go throughout your day, week, or your life really and you don't feel any physical pain does this mean you are healthy? Not necessarily. Sometimes, your body may be experiencing a health issue but it doesn't cause you any pain until it is too late.

Get Serious About Your Health

Eating right and excercise are key components of a healthy lifestyle, yes, but also educating yourself to take proper precautions is also important. As you know, the brain is like the control center of your body. Your brain tells every part of your body how and when to do their job to keep you functioning. The brain is also connected to your spine/spinal cord which serves not only as a pathway for impulses for nerves but also as a center for carrying out reflex actions. Since the nervous system relies on the spinal cord to determine what impulse(s) to send next it is vital to keep your spine in its most optimum condition.

If the spine is not in the correct alignment, then nerves can be pinched, stressed, or have pressure on them preventing them from sending correct information, or sending it slower than it should. A person may not be able to physically feel the tension that is in place until it is too late, when the nerve is being completley cut off.

It is important to keep yourself healthy and with the spine as the main control center for all of your nerves and functionality of your body, where do you think it might be best to start with your health? Of course, your spine! A chiropractor can take the appropriate x-rays and thermal scans that will help keep your spine in alignment to aleviate tension that may be on certain nerves.

Get Smart, Get Healthy

Of course, visiting a chiropractor will help but it may not be a solution to your problem. It will all depend on the person and how much damage is being done. However, it is probably one of the best places to start in keeping yourself healthy.

When something is wrong our bodies, usually the first thought is to visit the family doctor. However, how often do you visit a doctor and your in the office for 5 minutes, sent off with a prescription (that the doctor may be unsure if it really will work), and then told to come back if you're still feeling ill after a certain period of time for them to either try something else or refer you to a specialist? It can be frustrating paying for numerous doctor bills and for a specialist when you could've had treatment sooner rather than later had you not had to jump through hoops to find out what was really wrong.

Leading Causes: Can You Guess The Leading Causes of Death?

If someone were to ask you what the leading cause of death in the United States was, what would you guess? Cancer? Heart Disease? Obesity? While all of those are good guesses, one of the leading causes of death in the United States is Iatrogenic causes, aka malpractice. Not only is it bad enough to have nurses stealing drugs, but to have our doctors and physicians not doing their jobs properly.

Iatrogenic causes may be something new to some, and if it is new don't be surprised. We live in a country that has wonderful doctors and access to wonderful technology that is changing the game in healthcare. Why would you think that malpractice could be a leading cause? Having access to the "best-of-the-best" doctors and machines is a wonderful opportunity but what good does it serve if the job is not being handled correctly.

Where does healthcare staffing come in to play?

It is important as healthcare staffing providers that we stay on top of our "staffing game" to ensure that hospitals and clinics have the best nurses, doctors, physicians and caregivers are entering the facilities ready to do their job at the highest and best level. Credentialing and verifying information is vital in doing so. Keeping up with the credentials and verifying is even more important.

Take control

Staying healthy is a team effort, with yourself and your caregivers, but starts individually. Educate yourself on your health and healthcare options. Be sure to eat right and excercise. You can't put a price on being healthy.

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Potential hazards of 1099's in healthcare staffing?

Posted by Jennifer Kardell on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

1099 Magnifying Glasslg2Utilizing independent contractors can sometimes be a difficult and confusing task to take on.  They are used not only in the healthcare staffing industry, but in almost every industry out there.  Its important for companies to have some general knowledge on independent contractors, as misclassifying employees and independent contractors can result in potentially serious consequences. 

First, its important to know what an independent contractor actually is, as opposed to a regular employee.  According to the IRS, someone is generally an independent contractor if the payer has the right to control or direct only the result of the work, and not what will be done or how it will be done.  Independent contractors usually set their own hours and are paid on a freelance basis, either a flat rate or per job.  They conduct their work in a manner that is independent from the company that is paying them for the work.  Therefore, its important to note that independent contractors are not entitled to benefits that are afforded to employees such as retirement funds, 401ks and health insurance.  Independent contractors can, however, deduct certain health insurance premium costs when they file taxes. 

They are also different from regular employees as far as filing taxes are concerned.  Independent contractors dont have income taxes withheld from their earnings.  It is their responsibility to pay any taxes on their earnings, and not the companys.  Therefore, different measures must be taken when dealing with taxation procedures.  The two most common IRS forms associated with independent contractors are the W-9 and the 1099-MISC.  The W-9 (The W-4 is used for an actual employee) is a form that an independent contractor must fill out upon his/her agreement to work for a particular company.  The 1099-MISC is a form that the company must fill out and submit to the IRS for the independent contractor if compensation for their work exceeds $600.  These different tax procedures are an important reason why companies must be vigilant about properly classifying independent contractors and employees.  A company misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor can result in substantial tax issues and penalties for failure to pay employment taxes and filing required tax forms.

Its important for everyone in our industry to have some proper general knowledge about independent contractors.  All parties involved must be aware of the nature of the agreement being set forth and the work that is to be done to ensure that individuals are being properly classified so that companies will not be subject to penalties set forth by the IRS.   

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Is your Doctor iRoboting

Posted by Julie Moore on Tue, May 07, 2013 @ 02:50 PM

RP VITA 1Working in Brookstone through college I was very knowledgeable on the latest and greatest gadgets this world had to offer. One of those, ahead-of-its-time, gadgets that was sold in Brookstone over ten years ago and is just now mainstream was the Roomba from iRobot.  As a store manager, I thoroughly enjoyed the Roomba because we had a vacuum cleaner constantly sweeping the store so it kept our nightly chores down to a minimum. Now we all know the commercials... “Roomba Roomba” or ‘I’ve Robot have you.”  So when I heard the announcement today about the iRobot doctors, also know as the Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant or RP VITA were rolling out in seven hospitals, my healthcare ears and my Brookstone ears perked up at the same time! 

Robotic assisted surgery may not be a new concept but it has been something of a more costly measure in the past, which is the reason why I find the iRobot brand and healthcare an attractive partnership. iRobot has had a history of making robotic technology more affordable to the general public and hopefully, with the cost of healthcare rapidly growing,  they can pass along the same type of cost savings to the hospitals that they have in the commercial side of their business.

Very little information has being released about the RP VITA Robot, which obtained FDA approval last month but is really nothing more than a tablet with built in video that will allow doctors and patients to interact. Doctors love it because it is easy to use and it is being billed as the first robot that won’t disrupt the hospital. The cost to the hospital is between $4000-$6000 per month which includes everything needed to run the robot.

What do you think about this technology? Are you comfortable with your doctor on an RP VITA or are you just getting used to the idea of a Roomba?  Next time you are at the hospital you may be iRoboting with your doctor.

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How Medical Staffing Agencies should prepare their staff for tragedies similar to Boston Marathon bombings?

Posted by Julie Moore on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

boston marathon first respondersLike many of you, due to the terror attack at the Boston Marathon, I was glued to the news for most of last week watching as the horror unfolded. On Friday night I sat watching CNN like it was a movie, as they captured Suspect #2. Although, I am deeply saddened and horrified by what happened, I am equally proud and in awe of the first responders and medical personnel in Boston. It is pretty amazing that only three people died that day and that we lost no more lives once they made it to the hospital. 

Our country has become more prepared over the last decade to deal with disaster response.  A new way of thinking to disaster response has emerged because hard lessons we have learned starting with the wake-up call of the Columbine shootings in 1999 to the latest Aurora movie theatre attack in 2012. The New Yorker had an excellent blog posted, “Why Boston’s Hospitals were Ready.”  It’s a fascinating article to read how the emergency teams were able to coordinate and the staff was able to respond quickly to those injured in the bombings. 

Over the last week many healthcare providers and first responders have asked themselves how would they handle a similar situation in their own city.  My question to healthcare staffing agencies, what could you have done to prepare your staff, as a medical staffing agency; in an event it was your city under attack.

Since a medical staffing agency doesn’t have a direct role in staffing a healthcare facility, in the event of mass casualties, there are many indirect ways a staffing agency can be prepared.  Here are a few ideas.

First, offer your providers an incentive to become a volunteer with the American Red Cross Disaster response team or volunteer with other community organizations who need medical personnel.

Medical staffing agencies can even become involved in corporate volunteer programs.  Since many have trained clinicians on their internal staff as well as healthcare providers, the Red Cross can use the unique skills to take part of their Ready When the Time Comes program. 

Secondly, have a database of caregivers who are clearly marked with the disaster training certification that can be contacted and activated quickly in the event of mass casualties.

Then, partner with your local facility and have a plan to staff them accordingly if a disaster occurs. Using SMS and mobile technology, medical staffing agencies can quickly get the word out to a larger pool of nurses than a typical facility can.

Lastly, coordinate a Blood Drive in your area to help refill the blood supply in your community after a major disaster.

Medical staffing agencies have a unique position in this country and the community. If medical staffing agencies use to their resources to their fullest potential they can activate their company and step in when the facility needs relief. 

Is your medical staffing agency prepared? 

\What have you done that would help you if you town had mass casualties?

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Common sense and The Affordable Care Act

Posted by Tim Teague on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

healthinsurance.022113Picture this; a not-for-profit hospital in an urban area tracks it’s cost to provide care for ONE uninsured, homeless individual for a period of between 18 months and 2 years. At the heart of this exercise lies the impetus for the creation and execution of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Making healthcare coverage available to every American. Note an important distinction, making healthcare COVERAGE available, NOT HEALTHCARE! The subtle difference in the two is about following the money. Indigent care (i.e. care for patients that cannot pay) is a line item on every acute care providers’ fiscal budget.

Now back to that one uninsured homeless individual that was tracked for nearly two years. After discovering the cost of treating the individual, the hospital pro-actively found the man a primary care physician, a neurologist, a substance abuse treatment plan, and assisted with finding a place to live.  According to the article, this was accomplished for around $6,000.  With no insurance, and no way to pay, that seems like a lot of money for the hospital to “front”, that is, until you dig deeper, and realize that for this same patient, in the prior two year period had racked up $626,143 in charges! Although it’s probably not fair to compare the $6,000 in pro-active costs to the $626,143 billable charges, it is fair to ask where these common sense solutions were prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

A couple of notable articles have appeared that support some of these common sense approaches to the escalating cost of indigent care. In Camden New Jersey, Jeffrey Brenner, MD, has identified “superusers” by a process called “hotspotting” to reduce overall costs by as much as 50%.  According to this article, the sickest 5% account for more than half of U.S. healthcare costs.

This “hotspotting” technique was the premise upon which the urban hospital in Louisville KY delivered it’s results.

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Marketing for healthcare staffing in 6 seconds...GO!

Posted by Jennifer Kardell on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 @ 10:06 AM

vine logoEach day shortcuts are being made in our communication. It wasn't that long ago that our only communication was only via snail mail now we have email - delivering mail and other important documents in seconds. Phone calls are dwindling down to short, sweet, simple, to-the-point text messages. Even social media is dwindling down with communication. People are posting pictures with a simple caption as a "status" update instead of long "novel-like" posts. So what does this all mean? It means that if you want to get your point across you have got to make your message simple and quick.

Let me introduce to you a new social media app called, Vine.

What is Vine?

Vine is a new social media app that is free for download in the Apple store. This app allows you to create 6-second videos and post them to your various social media accounts. Vine is not available on Android,  but there are apps available for download in the Android Marketplace for you to be able to view videos posted by Vine users.

Is there room for the "new kid" on the social media block?

Of course there is! Apps like Instagram are growing in popularity with their users because they can deliver a powerful message with so little time, effort and text. "A picture is worth a thousand words", well how about video? Sure, 6-seconds doesn't seem like a long time but so much can be put into those seconds and are much more entertaining than a photograph. Think of Vine as the Instagram of Videos.

One benefit that Vine offers that Instagram doesn't, you can embed the videos on to your web page.

How or why would Vine be used in healthcare staffing?

Think of Vine as a new (AND FREE - who doesn't love free marketing/promotion) way to market out your staffing company, or give an insight to a new finding in healthcare, or if you are a healthcare professional use it as an insight as to what you do, and educate others.

Think of it this way, you work at a pizza place and you want customers to know you use the best ingredients and you want to show them how exactly their food is prepared to perfection. You take video of each step and combine it in to a Vine video and can send it out to all forms of your social media giving customers another insight they don't usually see, and in return you have created a connection with your customers that may not have been there before. The same can be true for healthcare staffing.

Using Vine to get a job? Yep!

Well at least for Dawn Siff it worked. Find your best qualities and feature them as a "promo reel" for yourself to send to employers. This app can be used to show off your creativity and give employers an idea of the type of person you are. Check out Dawn's Vine resume.

 

Do you use Vine? How do you use your Vine?

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Three Tips to Automate Healthcare Staffing Credentialing

Posted by Julie Moore on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Automated Healthcare Credentialing is Key to You Staffing Agency’s Success

describe the imageWe all know by now that the Affordable Healthcare Act is a game changer for healthcare and it is not any different for a healthcare staffing agency.  Healthcare credentialing is the most time consuming and costly process in staffing but also mitigates the biggest risk of non-compliance if done accurately. 

Up until a few years ago, healthcare credentialing had been mainly a paper process but the development of healthcare staffing software has replaced paper. To stay competitive healthcare staffing agencies are going to be forced to further automate and streamline their processes. 

Here are three tips that can help push your healthcare staffing credentialing to the next level.

1. Integrate Systems

The biggest time saver and area for improvement for healthcare staffing agencies, even if you have a healthcare applicant tracking system, agencies will need to integrate their current credentialing software with a healthcare applicant tracking system and healthcare staffing software. Integration is key because it is one way to mitigate human error within the credentialing process. 

Credentialing Systems that can easily integrate with BlueSky are:

Prophecy Healthcare was the groundbreaker for online clinical competency testing and checklists for the healthcare industry. They continue to lead the industry with their new behavioral and situational exams created specifically for the healthcare professional.  Using Prophecy the integration healthcare staffing agencies can request all clinical competencies out of BlueSky and then track and manage all expiration dates quickly and easily.

Universal Background Screening is a healthcare industry leader in real time web-based background check technology.   Using Universal’s secure and cutting edge technology, through integration, healthcare staffing agency’s can reduce the risk and liability of the background check process. 

You Sign Here is an electronic signature software that is fully integrated with BlueSky to where you can not only manage all of your credentials but also manage all facility contracts and healthcare provider conformation letters.  Using all of the points of integration that You Sign Here offers with BlueSky allows your credentialing staff to trust that each document is signed and completed without error.   

2. Automate Credential Notifications

Tracking expiration dates and automatically notifying your recruits about expired licenses and other credentials is extremely important.  This gives more time back to your credentialing team allowing them to be not only more through but allows them to credential more candidates – helping your bottom line! 

BlueSky has three unique features that help credentialing teams do their job quicker and better.  

  • Auto archive old documents automatically when a new document has been received.
  • See credentials in same screen as the expiration dates which reduces the risk of entering or verifying erroneous dates.
  • Use the Healthcare Professional Portal to where the candidate can see, track and upload their own credentials proactively with an agency verification process.

3. Facility Portal

Having all of your credentials stored in one central location with facility access is a great feature to offer your clients.  If Joint Commission walks in the door to your healthcare facility they can have real time access to your healthcare applicant tracking system to see only the healthcare professionals that have worked in their facility. 

Do you know what is even better? If you are the master vendor or VMS for that healthcare facility they can have all of their temporary staffs credentials managed in one central location.  Imagine how this could help revolutionize your local healthcare facility and solidify the need for your agency working in that facility.

Overall automation reduces out of compliance risk factors.  If your agency automates processes and integrate systems into a healthcare applicant tracking software ultimately your staff choose best candidate for the job.   Remember, healthcare facility’s are going to choose agencies that will help them with their bottom line and having great healthcare professionals and great technology will help achieve this goal. 

If you are interested in how BlueSky can help you automate and streamline your process click here and fill out the form one of our sales professionals will be in touch.

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Why the Stockton CA Bankruptcy is Important to HealthCare Staffing Firms

Posted by Tim Teague on Thu, Apr 04, 2013 @ 10:15 AM

Stockton Bankruptcy1Stockton, CA has been in the news recently as a Federal Judge ruled Monday, April 1, that it is eligible for bankruptcy protection. At first glance, this ruling seems to have little to do with the future of healthcare in the United States. Upon closer inspection, however, what stands out is the City’s #1 creditor, the California Public Employees Retirement system, (CalPERS).

The $900 million that the City owes CalPERS presents a common theme among municipalities and states across the country. Funding of retiree benefits is rapidly consuming larger portions of public entity budgets. The City of Detroit, having recently had an emergency manager appointed to oversee the City’s fiscal woes, is facing some tough choices. As a greater percentage of the City’s revenue is being spent for retiree benefits, there is much less available for basic public expenditures such as fire and police protection.  

This brings us to the effect this has on the cost of healthcare. The accurate calculation for each additional employee a healthcare provider employs does not stop with the immediate calculation of the present day expense associated with the time that is being expended by the worker. This calculation must also accrue for items that do not require immediate cash but are accounting entries for payments to be made at a future date, most often represented by retirement plans.

The major tenet of The Affordable Care Act is cost containment. This constraint will significantly impact human resource decisions in the near future. Number crunchers in both for-profit and not-for-profit entities will take a close look at their total HR spend. Adding increased long-term liabilities with each new employee will make contracted labor a very attractive part of the HR mix.  Contract labor has always been the “go-to” model in times of uncertainty, or sudden census flux. There is reason to believe this segment will grow significantly as healthcare providers seek to find the right “balance” and minimize long term liabilities.

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Google Glass could change Healthcare

Posted by Julie Moore on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

GoogleGlassIn late February Google confirmed that Google Project Glass is running ahead of schedule and will be released late 2013.  In conjunction with the announcement Google also launched a huge competitionto find testers of the cutting edge device.  The competition asks Twitter followers to write in a 140 characters or less, “what would you do with Google Glass?”  The winners of the competition will receive a VIP pass to have the opportunity to purchase Google Glass for $1500.

You might be asking yourself, what does Google Glass actually do? 

Google Glass is actually a very basic but futuristic concept. Personally, the whole concept of it makes me feel like I am living with the Jetsons and freaked out at the same time. It essentially is a micro display that sits on your face just above your eye line, in a light-weight pair-of-glasses type design that will come in a variety of colors. It contains a camera, microphone, GPS and sound.  The entire device is controlled by voice command and all of the results whether directions or a Google Hangout are displayed right in your view all you have to do is glace up.

How can I get a Google Glass?

Google Glass is expected to launch in time for the holiday season and should come to market with a cost of a standard phone - around $750.  Obviously, you will be able to buy Google Glass online but there have been rumors of Google opening a brick and mortar store to showcase its cutting edge technologies.

How could Google Glass help in healthcare?

Many of these entrances to the #IfIHadAGlass competition have been focused on healthcare or to help people with special needs.

Some examples include:

  • I want to make an app that helps deaf people “see” what others are talking about. [See Tweet]
  • I would work to find applications for its use in hospitals and other healthcare settings. [See Tweet]
  • I would develop an application to enable the communication with deaf people by showing a live transcription in Google Glass 1/2 [See Tweet]
  • I would construct a real-time medical history taking app that would record & upload doctor/patient interactions into an EMR! [See Tweet]
  • I would design an app to notify the deaf when a loud noise identifies a hazard outside of their field of view [See Tweet]         

We all know that healthcare is usually the last industry to hop on a new technology. Healthcare has many things to worry about such as safety issues and privacy laws that have to be addressed before a new technology can be adopted. It is obvious that wearing Google Glass in a healthcare facility is direct violation with HIPPA. So how can Google Glass be incorporated into healthcare?

Personally, I think it would be pretty amazing to have a nurse using Google Glass in conjunction with facial recognition could display all patient allergies, brief medical history and warn a nurse before a medication error happens. Also, with the high demand of nurses and never enough coverage, Google Glass could also help a nurse do rounds and warn a nurse if a patient is running out of their window for pain medication. If used the right way, Google Glass could revolutionize patient care.

Controversy of Google Glass

Google is also already getting blasted from its critics.  Since Google’s main source of income is advertising, many people worry that Google will try and monetize Google Glass with advertising.  Imagine getting ads popping up in your eyes?

Other folks also have safety concerns because a head display can be distracting if you are driving or doing something that needs your complete attention. The other opponents are concerned about privacy.  If Google Glass can see and hear everything you do – how will this affect free speech?  What will Google do with the information it sees and hears?

Just think of the marketing research that can be done for a grocery or department stores. Google could see a huge payday to sell information on how you shop!

What would you do?

Now I ask the question to you.  What would you do if you had Google Glass?  Do you think there is a place for Google Glass in Healthcare and do you see it as a benefit or a distraction.

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