To remain competitive, healthcare organizations need to hire employees who provide a high level of patient- and resident-focused care and who are committed team members. Science-based behavioral assessments can help healthcare organizations choose the right people for the jobs they need to fill and do a better job of managing and developing the people they already have on staff.

There are many variants when it comes to improving patient safety and care quality.  We recently discussed how employee engagement could play a pivotal role, in conjunction with cultural transformation and motivating physicians, just to name a few.

Re-Screening Current Employees to Protect Patient Care in the Long-Term

We recently discussed how often hospitals should run background checks on employees, but what about healthcare organizations in general? Even for non-hospital care organizations, patient care is still a concern. In fact, in its most recent work plan, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) stated it would continue to focus on the safety of long-term healthcare facilities in 2014 and beyond.

[Infographic] How Healthcare HR Plans to Reduce Costs and Improve Patient Safety and Satisfaction

This is a guest blog by Meghan Doherty, Content & Digital Marketing Specialist at HealthcareSource, a PreCheck ATS integration partner and a leading provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry. A graduate of Simmons College, Meghan has spent that past several years developing educational resources to help healthcare professionals recruit and retain top talent.

As patient satisfaction becomes more closely tied to healthcare organizations’ reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance companies, it’s more important than ever to ensure everyone on the team is working together so patients leave satisfied with the care they’ve received. Motivating physicians is one way to improve patient satisfaction; it’s vital that your physicians are on board and working toward that common goal.

Here are five ways to motivate physicians to improve patient satisfaction:

Drug Testing, Substance Abuse Testing, Healthcare, Patient Safety and Care

It’s no secret that the healthcare industry has a drug and substance abuse problem. Doctors and nurses with addiction issues have made news headlines recently. In a July 2014 report for KTUU, Lacie Gorsvold explains how a nurse that admitted to drinking while at work and a physician that prepared for surgery under the influence are both still practicing medicine in Alaska. The problem, however, is not just unique to Alaska.

How a Culture of Professionalism Affects Patient Care

With Medicare placing a higher level of importance on quality of care when it comes to reimbursement payments, improving patient care has never been more critical for healthcare organizations. Despite these changes, it seems that patient care hasn’t improved significantly over the last years according to research.

Why Background Checks are Necessary for Home Healthcare Workers

Last week we discussed some of the challenges and concerns facing nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities regarding quality of care and patient safety. According to a USA Today article from December 2013, several states are considering bills aimed at increasing oversight and requirements for the home healthcare workforce.

How Comprehensive Background Checks and Drug Testing Can Improve Patient Care in Nursing Homes

According to a recent report by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), around 22% of Medicare beneficiaries admitted to nursing homes experienced preventable injuries. In fact, in the 2014 OIG Work Plan, the OIG declared it will place a key focus on the quality and care of nursing homes and how often beneficiaries are harmed during their stay.

5 Ways to Improve Patient Care and Safety

If you’re familiar with PreCheck, you’ve probably heard this before, but ensuring patient safety is what drives everything that we do. During last year’s HealthStream Summit conference in Nashville, HealthStream’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Frist, Jr. cited a research study during the opening keynote presentation that referenced some alarming numbers concerning patient safety. Dr. John T.