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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

Float Pools- Are they working the way you expect?

Posted by Tim Teague on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 @ 10:51 AM

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If your float pool or staffing bank is not providing the results you need, you are not alone. One of the great challenges in the acute care setting is the ability to meet the challenge of daily staffing expectations. Two of the major drivers in this challenge can be the random “call-offs” in an already short-staffed cost center, coupled with a census that is becoming more and more volatile.

From a budgetary perspective, what I call “just-in-time” decisions for staffing don’t seem too onerous on that day, but as days turn to weeks, and weeks to months, these daily “quick fixes” can grow out of control.

Just as I tell my kids to scrape the last bit of peanut butter from the jar before throwing it away, too many staffing departments are “buying” new jars before they have truly utilized what is available.

The solution to maximizing a float pool is most often a technical solution. There are a few basic questions that can determine if the float pool is really being maximized.

During the development of the pool, were all affiliated offices, facilities, and units informed of the intent?

  • Are there any “crossover” competencies from participants that might be of use? (Maybe an L&D nurse has had come ED experience.)
  • Is there a true “search and find” function that quickly uncovers all possible matches that include-
    1. Availability (granular down to the hours available)
    2. Matching competencies
    3. Current credentials
    4. Location (within established distances)
    5. Prior experience and amount of time worked (if any) in the requesting unit.
  • Is there a true “interactive” system of delivery and response to needs that incudes text message response to accept or reject?

We find that those facilities that are answering “yes” to these questions are truly “getting every last bit of peanut butter” from the jar and are maximizing available resources while minimizing cost.

Tags: Healthcare, medical staffing, VMS, hospital float pool,, staffing

Customize your VMS Portals

Posted by Tim Teague on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

Today, businesses require customizable and efficient workflow, especially for healthcare-staffing VMS portals.

The early days of the VMS/MSP penetration into the healthcare staffing industry, thfeatures-news1e choices were pretty vanilla. While purchasing departments had been using the process for everything from syringes to bed linens, the management of outsourced personnel was slower to catch on. Much of the hesitation was the minimal amount of documentation available in most systems for the extensive list of credentials, work histories and any Joint Commission required documentation.

Early examples of the system were simple pass-throughs of time and attendance with minimal information regarding the actual temp. The acquisition of a commodity such as syringes could be easily identified with a few required specifications. The number of requirements for personnel, however, was so complex that part of the process was usually handled outside the VMS application.

As the industry has become more sophisticated, most of the criteria for personnel have been added to the applications via portals that are viewable at the client end.

BlueSky has taken this one step further to allow subcontractors to “customize” their portal, and even allow for the end client to customize their portal to look and feel the way they want.  Although BlueSky provides a simple plug-and-play template for the VMS application, there are actually over 2,100 variable permissions that may be customized to better meet the client, or subcontractors’ needs.

Tags: VMS, MSP, hospital float pool,

How Flexible is your MSP / VMS?

Posted by Tim Teague on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 @ 12:40 PM

MSPVMSLinkI recently attended a seminar that included topics on how to maximize the value of an MSP/VMS relationship. One of the most interesting take-aways from the meeting was the examination of what were the best as well as worst attributes of most MSP/VMS systems. Not surprisingly, the most valuable asset an MSP/VMS provides is uniformity of supply. Automating the ability to find the greatest number of qualified candidates at uniform rates and uniform competencies. On the negative side of MSP/VMS systems, the uniformity issue was also identified as it’s major weakness!

In the world of supply-chain logistics, there will always be a significant difference in the acquisition of durable medical supplies versus the onboarding of real live humans!  It is at the point of order-entry that most problems seem to occur. Unlike the quality or cost of a needle or syringe or scrubs, the human requesting another human in the delivery of care wants more of a voice in the interaction.

It seems this desired “voice” takes several forms. In a pure supply and demand environment, compliance is about making all pieces of the supply criteria perfectly match components of the need that is demanded. Human interaction may too often be limited to the dry components that establish the requested profile. Understanding the need for human interaction, automated supply-chain vendors are working to allow for the “human touch” in the staffing world.

Making end-user portals configurable to best simulate preferred candidate retrieval and profile acquisition is a big step toward better integration.  Just as no two people will drive a car the exact same way, there are extensive variables in how two different people manage exposure and selection of desired candidates.  The inability to account for differences in process is a sure way to doom an MSP/VMS to lack of compliance.

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VMS in Healthcare poised for a comeback

Posted by Tim Teague on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 @ 11:41 AM

"As financial officers around the country try to make sense of the new staffing dynamic, the VMS will once again be front and center."-Tim Teague, BlueSky MSS

recoveryTim Teague, President of BlueSky Medical Staffing Software, is blogging in conjuction with the Staffing Analysts at the Staffing Stream. "The Staffing Stream is a forum for the leading voices of the staffing industry to be heard."

Due to a recent economic recession the staffing industry took quite a downfall, but now that things are back on the rise, VMS is set to be back at the forefront of the staffing industry. In Teague's blog post, "VMS in Healthcare is poised for a comeback", you will gain an insight on how the staffing industry is making it's comeback. One blog post you can't miss out on!

Tags: BlueSky Medical Staffing Software, Blogging, Healthcare, Staffing Industry, VMS, Staffing Industry Analysts, Staffing Stream