Staffing continues to be a major hurdle in the healthcare industry. A recent poll conducted by Gorman Health Group showed that 38% of respondents believed the biggest hurdle to success in their organization was lack of knowledgeable staff or lack of staff.
What is the meaning of success? Is it reaching financial targets? Meeting and exceeding service level agreements? Achieving high marks in customer satisfaction? Being one of the best places to work? Having a great reputation in the community? I am not sure we have seen an organization that is meeting all of these factors. Then again, those are not the organizations that typically call John Gorman for help.
Most places have an ironed-out Human Resources process that includes job description drafting, salary grading, recruitment, and interview process, which may take weeks or sometimes months. However, regulatory agencies wait for no man in terms of expecting compliance metrics to be met. As I observed my colleague Kathryn Lepsevich tell a group of client trainees, “Your contract is with the federal government.” I can think of no finer way to articulate the commitment made to offer Medicare Advantage and Part D.
Our industry experts currently hold interim staffing positions in all areas, including risk adjustment, compliance, strategy, operations, network management, and pharmacy. While organizations search for their full-time candidate, Gorman Health Group provides experts who have done the job, can manage the department, can report to their C-suite, and much more. Do not let a temporary lack of staff hinder your success. If lack of staff is preventing you from meeting requirements, we can tell you from experience that it by no means sways the Oversight and Enforcement Group from their obligations.
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