What to Consider When Your Hospital Is Hiring Physicians

Chances are your hospital is considering hiring on-staff physicians or has begun to do so already. According to physician search firm Merritt Hawkins, the percentage of physicians employed by hospitals jumped from 11 percent in 2004 to 64 percent in 2014.

Why Hospital Physician Employment Will Become the New Normal

For years now, we’ve seen how physician employment has become increasingly more common in America. In 2013, PreCheck’s Vice President of Compliance Vu Do discussed the topic for the PreCheck Blog after attending that year’s American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting. The latest research indicates that physician employment is no longer simply a trend. It is quickly becoming the new normal.

Providing High-Quality Healthcare for LGBT Patients

I recently attended webinar hosted by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) titled, “Ensuring Access and High-Quality Care for LGBT Patients,” which discussed the existing health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Unfortunately, studies show the impact of stigma and discrimination on this group and the quality of care available to them. According to Dr.

Top Challenges for Hospitals in 2015

As we celebrate National Hospital Week at PreCheck, I thought I would review some of the ongoing and upcoming challenges facing hospitals in America. Hospitals support the health of their communities through dedication and compassionate care, but in order to withstand the constant changes facing the healthcare industry, it’s critical that hospitals prepare for what lies ahead.

This week, I’ve collected several articles discussing the top challenges for hospitals as well as tips for overcoming them.

On October 17, 2014, The Joint Commission released the new “Patient Safety Systems” (PS) chapter online, which was included in the 2015 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual. If you’d like to read the chapter, you can download the full-text here. The Joint Commission shares PreCheck’s core values of patient care and safety.

How Often Are Hospitals Required to Run Background Checks on Employees?

Background checks are a fundamental practice for hospitals to ensure safety amongst patients and staff alike. A highly regulated industry like healthcare is urged to apply more stringent policies due to the fact that lives are at risk every day and patient-sensitive information can be easily accessed.

How to Reduce Staff Turnover in Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

Retaining good employees is an issue in every industry, but with long hours and emotionally draining work, retaining healthcare workers has its own special challenges. Then there’s the costs of replacing doctors, nurses and other employees with specific skill sets and certifications. It soon becomes clear that retention is, by necessity, a high priority for many healthcare organizations.

HCAHPS: 5 Ways Hospitals Can Improve Patient Satisfaction

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems is a standardized database that tracks patient satisfaction. While it’s been in place for several years, under the Affordable Care Act, HCAHPS data now figures into the calculation to determine the payments health services organizations receive.

Hospitals May Be Running the Right Kinds of Employment Background Checks, but What About the Staffing Firms They Use?

The recent case of David Kwiatkowski, the traveling radiologic technologist who exposed countless patients to Hepatitis C, shines a spotlight on healthcare employment screening practices in general and those of healthcare staffing firms in particular.  Kwiatkowski allegedly stole Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate used as a post-surgery anesthetic, and replaced the syringes with saline where those needles were then used on patients, infecting them with Hepatitis C.  Working for numerous healthcare staffing companies, this serial infector moved from state to state, harming innocent patien