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The impact of health reform on the healthcare workforce

The impact of health reform on the healthcare workforceAugust 26, 2014 by Vickie Anenberg

The Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) estimates that healthcare workforce shortages could exceed one million by 2025. Contributing to that possibility are a dramatic increase in the number of people aged 65 and older, who are twice as likely to seek medical care than younger individuals, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which expanded healthcare to millions of Americans.  

These trends will pose a significant challenge for healthcare facilities, as they struggle with shrinking staff and an increasing patient load. In anticipation of workforce shortages, the ACA authorized funding to combat anticipated issues such as workforce shortages. For example, there are provisions designed to improve recruitment and training of primary care doctors, public health workers and nurses. However, if your healthcare facility is dealing with shortages today or anticipates them in the future, one of the most effective ways of addressing the problem is through a thorough workforce assessment from Cross Country Staffing.

Cross Country Staffing’s workforce assessment

Each day Cross Country Staffing’s clinical professionals and business analysts perform workforce assessments throughout the United States. These assessments provide powerful analytics that produce long-term business solutions. The goal is to evaluate the facility's staffing requirements and develop a strategy to ensure improved recruitment, proper staffing ratios and cost savings.

When performing a workforce assessment, Cross Country Staffing will deliver a thorough, on-site analysis of the current staffing process. The report will identify risks and inefficiencies, and provide recommendations toward implementing a resource pool and outsourcing recruitment activities to effectively combat workforce shortages.

Learn more about Cross Country Staffing’s workforce assessment and how it can benefit your healthcare facility for the short-term and long-term future.