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Physician Hiring in the World of Value-Based Purchasing – Part One

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014 by Mike Monahan

Physicians are critical to the success of all healthcare organizations. The days of physicians being separate entities practicing at the hospital as an independent contractor are fading away.  Now, physicians are not only responsible for the high quality delivery of care, but they also impact the hospital’s financial performance in ways not considered a few…

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Healthcare Occupational Shortages – Part Three

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by Mike Monahan

More and more physicians are becoming direct employees of hospitals or having their practices purchased by hospitals and health care systems. Physicians have become, at the least, indirect employees. Academic medical centers have a long history of physician employment, with house staff, consultants, and attendings having some sort of employment relationship. However, this has not…

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Healthcare Occupational Shortages – Part Two

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 by Mike Monahan

In our last article about occupational shortages, we discussed the impending shortage of qualified staff to meet the growth of the patient population in the next 10 years.  The numbers are troubling, and the need for HR professionals to take a proactive stance in staffing their hospitals with completely different paradigms was discussed.  The U.S.…

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Why Employee Engagement Matters in Healthcare

Posted on: March 12th, 2014 by Erica Solove

Employee engagement seems to be the latest buzzword in healthcare and beyond.  Many have jumped on the bandwagon, claiming that an engaged workforce is the silver bullet to achieving optimal employee performance, superior quality patient care, and increased revenue.  But, what is engagement really and why should you care? Employee engagement is defined as the…

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Healthcare Occupational Shortages – Part One

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 by Mike Monahan

Part One: Getting in Front of the Curve We all know that a shortage of RNs is coming. While some healthcare leaders are making plans for it, others are simply hoping it won’t be as bad as predicted.  Many other critical healthcare jobs are already suffering from shortages, and many more will in the near…

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Building Skills in Clinical Managers – (Part Five In A Five Part Series)

Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by Mike Monahan

Part Five: Making Your Unit Unique In Part Four of this series, we explained the importance of treating staff differently. In this fifth and final article of the series, we explore three reasons why unique units outperform others, along with ideas for how to make your unit unique in today’s multi-shift environment. Studer, Transformational Care,…

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Building Skills in Clinical Managers – (Part Four In A Five Part Series)

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by Mike Monahan

Part Four: Don’t Treat Them All the Same In Part Three of this series, we discussed how to Build a Winning Team. In this article, we discuss key issues behind treating healthcare staff the same, and identify ways you can address these and encourage a culture of accountability. Historians and political scientists agree that the…

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Building Skills in Clinical Managers – (Part Three In A Five Part Series)

Posted on: September 11th, 2013 by Mike Monahan

Part Three: Building a Winning Team In Part Two of this series, Effective Coaching was discussed. This article explains why strong teams are critical, and identifies actions you can take to achieve them to boost cooperation and focus. Challenges of Developing Teams in Clinical Settings The fact that teams produce better results is nothing new…

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Building Skills in Clinical Managers – (Part Two In A Five Part Series)

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by Mike Monahan

Part Two: Effectively Coaching Your Staff In Part One of this series, Effective Delegation was explored in depth. This installment focuses on how investing in becoming a better coach (while willing to be coached), pays off for you, the entire organization, and, of course, patients. Becoming a Better Coach Your success as a clinical leader…

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Building Skills in Clinical Managers – (Part One In A Five Part Series)

Posted on: June 4th, 2013 by Mike Monahan

Part One: Learn To Delegate Effectively, Successfully It seems that every good idea from hospital leadership turns into another “to-do” for their managers. Of all the challenges faced by clinical managers, this myriad of ever-changing tasks in their scope of responsibilities seems to be the most onerous. While managers want their clinical staff to be…

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