The Benefits of Using a Medical Staffing Agency to Hire

When the time comes to hire a new employee, you want to make sure you have access to a wide variety of talented individuals, especially when it comes to jobs in healthcare. Searching for the perfect candidate on your own, limits you to a smaller local area full of candidates with similar talents and strengths. However, when you partner with a medical staffing agency like HealthCare Support, your reach suddenly expands farther than you would think, giving you a wider variety of choices. Here are three benefits that come with working alongside a staffing agency when hiring in the field of healthcare:

  1. Ability to Judge Potential Candidates. When you use all the services a medical staffing agency can offer you, you can see the gritty details of each potential employee’s work history. If you were to attempt the hiring process on your own, the only information you would get upfront is what is on their resume. When working with companies like HealthCare Support, you can see the potential in possible future employees in a way you couldn’t if you were using the traditional processes of interviewing and hiring.
  2. Top Talent. Although you will still be able to choose which candidates you think will best fit the job you are filling, when working with a staffing agency you won’t have to weed out underqualified workers. Since the people looking for a job through a staffing agency have to go through arduous assessments and questionnaires, healthcare organizations looking to hire can rest assured that they are only seeing the candidates with the top talent and greatest potential to succeed.
  3. More Choices. Often, it ‘s tough to try and find an employee to fit the exact type of position you are looking to fill, and doing so may involve multiple online hiring services. But when you work with staffing agencies, the diversity of candidates that will apply to your listing is much wider and will allow you to find an applicant who meets all your needs in one place. If you are looking for someone with particular experience or a part-time or seasonal worker, they can easily be found using the services of a staffing agency.

Partner With a Staffing Agency You Can Trust

As a national niche recruitment firm, we at HealthCare Support can ensure that we’ll offer you only the top talent in the healthcare industry. Our STEP Platform process means we’ll take care of the busy work, leaving you to focus on finding the person who will best fit into your company and the job you are seeking to fill. To learn more about the services we can offer you, call us today at 888-219-6285.

How to Improve Your Healthcare Job Listing

Talent are always looking for jobs, especially in the healthcare industry, so why is it that your job listing isn’t getting any hits? Believe it or not, job seekers look for some very specific things when on a healthcare job search that will either draw or deter them from your listing. When putting together a description of the job, here are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Be accurate. When making a first impression on a potential employee, you want to be clear but concise. After someone is hired, you can make the titles more detailed or creative, but when first attracting talent you don’t want to confuse them with company-specific or vague titles. The more specific you are, the less time you will waste, as you’ll be attracting the right people.
  2. Use keywords. Use specific keywords to help your listing show up first in a healthcare job search. Keywords not only help your job rank higher in a search engine, but they are also the terms a potential employee would be looking for in their new role. Match up your keywords precisely to the job you are filling.
  3. Be specific. Use bullet points to help your requirements stand out, include a salary range and the location of the job. By including the wages and business location in your listing, you can help job seekers determine on their own if they are qualified for the job, saving you more time. If a candidate sees your listing with a salary less than what they are accustomed to being paid, they will know they are overqualified for that job and move on.

What We Do

As a client of HealthCare Support, we do all of this for you. First, we meet with you to discuss the position in detail. Next, we go to our internal database of 1 million plus candidates to find a match and post to several top-notch job boards. When the applications start rolling in we filter through them finding the crème de la crème to schedule an interview with you. If you’d like to learn more about how we can assist in your healthcare job search take a look at Our Process video or give us a call today at 888-219-6285.

What You Need to Know About the Anthem-Cigna Merge

When massive healthcare companies, like Anthem and Cigna, attempt to get together, it means drastic changes are coming to the healthcare industry. The merge is currently up in the air, but there are speculations as to what could happen if the two end up joining. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know.

  • The deal was originally presented back in July of 2015, with both Cigna and Anthem on board, and no expected obstacles to hurdle over.
  • The goal of this merger and other large healthcare merges like this, was to grow the bigger healthcare providers in order to decrease overall cost to consumers.
  • If the merge were to go through, the new Anthem merge would be expected to cover over 53.2 million people.
  • The experts have overall mixed reviews. 46% expect the merge to have an adverse impact on consumer healthcare while 21% see it resulting in cost advantages. Still, about one-third of people do not expect to see any large impact from the merge at all.
  • As of February 14th, 2017, Cigna Corp announced that it would be breaking off its agreement with Anthem Inc., as a federal judge blocked the merge on antitrust grounds.
  • Around the same time, two other insurance giants abandoned their merge as well, Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc.
  • Cigna has now filed a lawsuit against Anthem for a $1.85 billion termination fee and $13 billion in damages.

What’s Happening Now?

Anthem recently filed an appeal to fight the antitrust charges, which was granted a speedy process in February of 2017, although the Department of Justice is still against the merge. The DOJ is saying that Anthem had no real plan of lowering medical costs for its consumers and that it was ‘purely aspirational.’ With no proof of how it would help save on medical expenses in the long run, the DOJ is against the merge.  In fact, the fear is that the merge would eliminate competition amongst healthcare providers, driving up overall costs. Anthem filed for a temporary restraining order to keep Cigna from terminating their deal, which was granted. However, since Cigna has not dropped its lawsuit against Anthem, their compliance with the deal is still unclear. The deadline for the merger is April 30th.

Stay Up-To-Date

The world of healthcare is always changing. Luckily, you can trust Heath Care Support to keep you up to date on the latest news. Our client resources are here to help you better navigate through whatever new laws, current events, or changes that may be happening. If you have questions or would like to speak to one of our experts, call us today at 888-219-6285.

The Uncertain Outlook for Hospitals in 2017

With the swearing in of a new government administration at the beginning of this year, and much talk of big changes within the healthcare industry by our new president, the next year is bound to be a big one for hospitals all over the country.

This new administration, led by President Trump, has promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with something that has yet to be clearly defined. There is a strong chance that a replacement will not immediately be put in place once the ACA is changed, which has caused uncertainty throughout the entire healthcare industry.

The uncertain future for healthcare in the United States has prompted a negative outlook for the bottom lines of hospitals.

The Fate of Medicare

President Trump’s appointment of Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services means that large changes in Medicare and Medicaid are likely in the future.

With Republicans holding both chambers of Congress, Democrats have promised to fight tooth-and-nail to defend these programs. Though it is too early to tell for certain what the direction of Medicare will be, the impact on the healthcare industry will be significant.

Potential reforms such as doing away with Stage 3 Meaningful Use, factoring socio-demographics into hospital readmissions, and protecting DSH payments could all have a significant effect on hospital operations.

Keeping an Eye on Financial Indicators

For a little bit of reassurance, we can look to bond rating agencies for their analyses. One of the largest, Moody’s Investors Service, projected a stable outlook for 2017, despite the potential for change.

Other projections include:

  • Patient volume growth is stable at about 1%
  • Overall expenses due to pharmaceutical and employment costs are on the rise, compressing profit margins
  • Bad debt is on the rise in many areas due to a shrinkage in exchange enrollment rates

Though hospital outlook is uncertain now, as this new administration begins to make clear its plans for healthcare in 2017 and beyond, we will have a clearer picture of what to expect.

Motivate Your Team for Shared Success

Managing people can be a thankless job– as a manager, it’s often difficult to find the balance between being well-liked and taking care of business. One important part of being a great manager is keeping employees motivated. But how? There are several things that a manager can do to maintain their employee’s happiness and productivity. Here are three tips to help improve your employee relationships and encourage success.

  1. Be honest. Being transparent and accessible is a great start for maintaining Being open to your employee’s feedback makes them feel valued, as does keeping them informed of the bigger picture. If an employee feels like they’re toiling away or only do busy work, they won’t share your passion. Get them invested in succeeding as a team.
  2. Reward their hard work. If your employees are doing a spectacular job, tell them. Share it with the whole team but also take the time to meet with them one-on-one. Are they gunning for a promotion or more responsibility? Understanding and encouraging their drive is a win-win situation for the employee and the company.
  3. Show personal interest. Being nice is one thing, but learning about your team is a whole new ball game. Take time to get to know your employees and learn about them– what they do out of work and what makes them happy. Showing genuine interest in your employees is respectful, and a respectful manager gets respect in return.

Getting to know your team, being available and rewarding their efforts are all building blocks for a motivated staff. You need them to succeed, and vice-versa, which is why creating a mutual respect is the best way to get stuff done, together.

5 Things to Look for in a New Hire

When you need to add a new member to your team, it can be difficult to narrow down exactly what kind of person will be the best fit for the position. Some will be a great team player, but will lack motivation, while others may be extremely goal oriented, but unorganized. When the time comes to pick a new hire, here are five tips to keep in mind, so you know you’ve made the best decision.

  1. Do they have long-term potential? Think of them as an investment for your company. Do they have other talents that you may be able to utilize in the future? Are they a quick learner?
  2. Are they able to use their talents effectively? Drive and determination are just as important as talent.
  3. Do they work well with others? When you bring someone new into your business, it doesn’t just effect the people on top. Your new hire will influence everyone on your team. In order to keep your business running smoothly, and to make sure work morale is high, you need to hire someone who works well with who you already have.
  4. Are they honest? Will they give credit where credit is due? It is important to hire someone who will not stretch the truth in order to make themselves look better. You should look for a future employee who is confident and knows how to take a compliment, but will also recognize and praise the involvement of other team members.
  5. Remember the market. If you are hiring for a position with low supply and high demand you’ll want to move quickly and confidently when you find the right match. Time is of the essence!

How We Help

We consider ourselves staffing experts. We know the marketplace and it’s challenges and with us on your side you will spend less time finding a better candidates to interview for your opening. If you have questions or would like help looking for your next new hire, call us today at 888-219-6285.

Managing Millennials: ‘Older’ vs. ‘Younger’

When it comes to managing millennials, especially in a tech-driven industry, it’s important to understand that though they are often lumped together in one group, younger and older millennials differ in many ways other than their age. Some of these differences include:

Dissimilar Views on Career Path and Trajectory

The older end of the millennial spectrum was a part of the workforce when the housing bubble burst and caused the ‘great recession’ of 2008, which likely created a situation in which a career or lifestyle change was necessary. This taught the ability to restructure and also imparted a certain respect or perspective on simply being employed. Older millennials tend to believe more in starting at the bottom of a particular company and working their way to the top, as the idea of a young CEO did not exist in their minds at the time of the recession.

On the other hand, younger millennials hold an almost opposite view. They subscribe much more to the thought that their performance in the moment is much more important that previous experience on a subject. As a result, the repetitive work that older millennials value as part of their path to the top, seems like some detriment to the rise of a young millennial’s career path.

Expectations of their Management

A common thought about the millennial generation is that they have a higher expectation of what they want from life, but this isn’t necessarily true for all. Older millennials tend to see management as humans who are inherently flawed – as we all are. They also tend to have some lower expectations on certain aspects of life to help avoid disappointment, which is great in some cases, but it does have a tendency to produce somewhat lower performance.

In turn, it is the younger section of the millennial generation who have the highest expectations of life, their work, and their management. Young millennials tend to see their management as a partner to help them realize their full potential.

 

With millennial employees said to make up the largest share of American workers, it is important to understand these differences to increase productivity in your workplace.

Changes to Mental Health Care in the U.S.

The Mental Health Reform Bill which was recently passed will help provide more psychiatric beds, additional child psychiatrists, and a new federal position for the assistant secretary for mental health services. The bill’s passing is said to help improve mental health care throughout the United States.

Legislators called for the immediate passage of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act in the Senate. “The legislation aims to make mental health a national priority and coordinate how mental health care is delivered,” said Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., a psychologist who treats patients with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries and the author of the bill.

With a licensed Psychologists or Psychiatrists filling the new position of Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and overseeing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approaches to mental illness treatments will be tested and qualified. An advisory board from the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory would also analyze treatments and services to help decide which ones should be expanded.

The passed bill will also help ensure more treatment services and options to address the nation’s lack of resources to treat severe mental illnesses. It’s also a way to bring light to the stigmas made against people with mental illnesses and prevent the jailing of people battling it.

Opportunities are plentiful- If you are looking for a new position as a Mental Health Nurse, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist or Social Worker our Recruiting Consultants are here to help! 888-219-6285

How Will President-Elect Trump Change the ACA?

So, he did it. On November 9th, in the early hours of the morning, Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th president of the United States. Moving past this, we need to understand how this presidency will affect the US for the next four years. One of the hotly debated subjects is how the Trump Administration will effect Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. After all, Trump did promise that on the first day of his administration, he’d repeal and replace Obamacare. But what does all this actually mean for the state of healthcare in America?

The Changes

First of all, it is important to know how difficult of a task repealing all of Obamacare would be. It is so interwoven with our healthcare system, that it would be almost impossible to repeal all of it. Since most Republicans are of the same mindset when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, they would need to hold 60 seats in the Senate in order to vote it out, which they do not. However, since this election was such a huge win for Republicans, they could easily change specifically targeted laws within the ACA. Those specifics include:

  • Eliminating the subsidies that assist many recipients in paying for their Obamacare
  • Getting rid of a Medicaid expansion created for low-income Americans
  • Restricting the health care coverage of certain organizations like Planned Parenthood

The good news, however, is that these changes will not affect some of the most popular provisions of the ACA which include the requirement that health insurers cannot refuse coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, and allowing citizens under the age of 26 to stay on their parent’s health insurance.

What Does this Mean for You?

After meeting with Obama himself, Trump released a statement that he was reconsidering his stance on repealing the ACA altogether. Trump said he would be open to working with Obama on how he would change the specifics of the ACA.

This all meaning, no one is sure on how much Trump will change Obamacare, and what that will mean for the 20 million people using it and healthcare providers nationwide. All we can do is watch and wait in anticipation.

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