3 Reasons a Permanent Staffing Agency Is Your Advocate

As a healthcare leader, you have responsibilities that may feel like a never-ending to-do list. Despite being pulled in numerous directions, delivering quality patient care is one of your most important objectives. To meet this goal, your facility must be fully staffed with the right providers. Staffing shortages can be a daunting hurdle to overcome, especially around the holidays.

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5 Tips for Recruiting and Retaining Seasoned Physicians

Many physicians practice beyond the Social Security full-benefit retirement age, which is currently 66 years and two months for people born in 1955 and will gradually rise to 67 for those born in 1960 or later. Moreover, according to A Census of Actively Licensed Physicians in the United States, 2016, published by the Federation of State Medical Boards last year, nearly 20 percent of actively licensed physicians in the U.S. and District of Columbia are between 60 and 69 years of age and 10 percent are 70 and over.

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3 Things Healthcare Leaders Can Do to Avoid Holiday Burnout

‘Tis the season to be jolly. After all, December is a month of multicultural celebrations, from Christmas and Hanukkah to Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. Many of us look forward to spending time with family and friends, planning celebratory meals, hosting get-togethers, decorating our homes, and shopping for the perfect gifts. And while these occasions can bring much joy, they also can leave a number of us feeling more than a little overwhelmed.

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Developing a Better Medical Practice Team in 3 Steps

As a medical practice manager, you work with a diverse set of professionals, including physicians, other clinicians, and clerical staff. Some of your team may have recently entered the workforce while others could be looking to retire within the next few years. What’s more, everyone has a distinct personality and different skill set(s) as well as a preferred way of completing tasks.

A Nurse Practitioner

5 Ways to Celebrate NP Week at Your Hospital, Medical Practice

National Nurse Practitioner (NP) Week—which provides opportunities for healthcare leaders and co-workers to formally recognize practicing NPs and their important contributions to medicine—officially began Sunday, November 11. As a hospital executive or practice manager, you have likely put something in place to show your NPs how much you value their dedication to and delivery of quality care.

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How Healthcare Executives Can Advance Their Organization’s Hiring Strategy

When you need to hire a physician, nurse practitioner (NP), physician assistant (PA), or CRNA for your healthcare organization, time is of the essence. While seeking the best candidate for the job, you also must keep operations running smoothly and without interruption.

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How Family and Friends Can Help You With Physician Burnout

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, physician burnout is a long-term stress reaction that manifests over time due to emotional fatigue, depersonalization, and an absence or low sense of personal accomplishment. Long shifts, demanding pace, and an increase in EHR use and administrative responsibilities are just a few of the factors that can make you and your peers susceptible to burnout.

Patients in a waiting room

Strategies for Decreasing Patient No-Shows at Your Facility or Practice

People fail to show up for appointments for a variety of reasons, including lack of transportation, the desire to avoid long wait times, poor medical literacy, and language barriers. Then there are those who admit to missing an appointment because they forgot they made it in the first place. Yet, no matter the rationalization, people who skip scheduled time with a medical provider not only sacrifice needed care, but also cause their clinician’s practice or facility to lose revenue.

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What Residents Should Know About the NPDB

While you are likely aware of the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) in a broad sense, it is not something that would typically apply to you while you are in training. However, though residents and trainees are rarely named in a report, certain harmful clinical actions that take place outside of the scope of a formal graduate educational program (e.g., moonlighting in the intensive care unit) must be reported by law by the entity.

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Tips for Improving Physician Engagement and Meeting Attendance

Physician engagement is essential to a healthcare organization’s success. Group practices and health systems as well as hospitals and other facilities with high levels of physician engagement realize increases in significant areas—such as performance, efficiency, inpatient and outpatient referrals, and revenue—according to a study highlighted by the Gallup Business Journal.