Employers Will Get Serious About Health Care Costs In 2019Read the rest of this entry »
Last month, we blogged about the broad trends the healthcare industry will contend with in 2019. These include the accelerating shift to value-based care, predictive analytics and big data and the emergence of Asia as a center of innovation.
But there are trends and changes that will directly impact employers and their employees.
Employee Benefit News says 2019 will be the year employers flex their muscle either alone -- if they're ...
Nursing Shortage Is Leading to Overwork and More BurnoutRead the rest of this entry »
In a survey two years ago, 42% of the 600 nurses participating said they felt increasingly overworked. Now, an update of that survey finds little has changed for the nation's nearly 3 million nurses. If anything, their workload has gotten heavier; 46% of the 900 nurses in the new survey reported feeling more overworked now than they did in 2016.
The primary culprit the vast majority of nurses agree, is ...
8 Predictions for Healthcare In 2019Read the rest of this entry »
What's ahead for the healthcare industry in 2019?
A Frost & Sullivan look ahead offers a mix of the predictable -- AI continues to make inroads -- and the surprising -- healthcare will become an important vertical in voice applications.
Writing in Forbes, Reenita Das, a partner and VP of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Frost & Sullivan, makes 8 healthcare predictions for next year, with the most far-reaching being the globalization of ...
Survey: No Growth In Healthcare M&A ExpectedRead the rest of this entry »
M&A activity in the healthcare sector is not expected to grow next year, according to a survey of investors and healthcare executives.
Conducted by Capital One Healthcare and reported in Modern Healthcare, 10% of respondents thought the robust level of consolidation in healthcare will cool next year; 48% expect no change.
That result surprised some industry analysts and consultants. Michael Cole, managing director in Alvarez & Marsal's transaction advisory group ...
Hospital Hiring Shows Strong Upward TrendRead the rest of this entry »
For the first time in more than two years hospitals hired more workers than did all the ambulatory health care sectors combined. When you consider that ambulatory care includes doctor's offices, labs and home health care providers, the reversal is significant.
According to the monthly, preliminary numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospitals added 12,000 new workers in September. The ambulatory care sector added 10,300. That's a ...
Analytics Can Help Ease Nurse BurnoutRead the rest of this entry »
That nurses suffer from a high degree of stress and burnout is well documented. A CareerBuilder survey found 50% of the nurses saying they felt tired all the time; 70% said they felt burned out.
Long days, short-staffing, difficult patients and heavy workloads all contribute to the problem, which can lead to indifference, absenteeism, depression and other problems. Catching the indicators early can make a big difference to both the ...
The Government Will Help Pay Off Those Nursing Student LoansRead the rest of this entry »
Nursing is one of the most in-demand professions in the U.S. We've blogged about this many times over the years, most recently last fall when the government listed it among the 10 fastest growing jobs over the last decade.But the training can be costly. A 4-year B.S., which is what many employers now want, can leave a new nursing graduate with $30,000 or more in student ...
Employers Embrace Telehealth to Control CostsRead the rest of this entry »
With employer provided health benefits pushing $15,000 per employee next year, organizations are exploring any number of options to limit the rising cost of these plans.
A study by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) says 2019 will be the sixth consecutive year of a 5% increase in the cost of providing medical and drug benefits. Without the benefit changes, the increase would be closer to 6%.
Hospitals More Willing to Accept Med Students Trained AbroadRead the rest of this entry »
The looming shortage of physicians is prompting hospitals to take a closer look at hiring U.S. citizens who got their medical training abroad.
In the past, hospital residency programs gave priority to medical school grads educated in the U.S. There was a justifiable belief that U.S. medical school training was more rigorous. According to a report in the May issues of the Journal of Medical Education and ...
Survey: 2 In 5 Caregivers Are Victims Or Witnessed HarassmentRead the rest of this entry »
Though they may work in a care-giving environment, that doesn't exempt nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners from being sexually harassed.
A far-ranging survey by Medscape found that 11% of them had experienced some form of sexual harassment; 14% have witnessed harassment, sexual abuse or misconduct. By far, most of the respondents were nurses.
If those percentages seem low in comparison to national statistics that's because the Medscape survey asked ...