Effective Healthcare Staffing Faces Complex Challenges

Effective Healthcare Staffing Faces Complex ChallengesNovember 16, 2015 by Vickie Anenberg

Complex challenges and sensitive issues have become commonplace when healthcare facilities try to plan for cost-effective professional staffing in this era of value-based reimbursement. A case in point is the recent problem Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) faced when, on October 12, the leaders of both organizations announced the termination of a joint venture family care residency program.

In their unexpected statement, university and hospital executives announced that ending the program would involve terminating approximately 30 residents who were preparing for careers as primary care physicians. Their decision was met with a scathing editorial posted by the American Association of Family Practitioners (AAFP) that was written by the residents being terminated.

According to the editorial, ending the program would mean leaving working-class families living in upper Manhattan with no primary care. Further, Medicaid recipients would have a particularly hard time finding a physician willing to accept them as new patients. The residents cited a shift in NYP priorities toward focusing on highly profitable medical subspecialties as the reason behind ending the program, which actually produced a net profit of approximately $365 million in 2014.

NYP, in anticipation of the negative public response it would have after the editorial was posted, used its Twitter account to announce the program would continue, and the family care clinic would remain open. An article that provides further information on this topic has been posted by Yahoo Finance.

Most healthcare staffing plans do not involve decisions that provoke such an immediate negative impact. But as the shortage of qualified physicians, and other clinicians such as nurses, continues to grow, healthcare executives increasingly need an experienced staffing partner that understands the marketplace, and has the ability to provide programs tailored to the unique needs of each facility.

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