Affordable Care Act requirements related to health insurance are leading long-term care providers to hire more part-time employees, according to some experts.
» A half dozen electronic health record vendors have formed a non-profit organization called the Commonwell Health Alliance. The organization's goal is to create a national infrastructure with common platforms and policies that allow medical records systems to work together — a task that has proven elusive. "Today's announcement represents an inflection point in healthcare, with key industry leaders coming together to support the delivery of a national health information exchange," said John Hammergren, chairman and CEO of McKesson Corporation. Additional partners include Cerner Corporation, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway and RelayHealth (a McKesson subsidiary).
OnShift recently unveiled OnShift Mobile. The new app delivers top-down staffing and labor analysis for senior care executives.
Web-based scheduling firm OnShift recently announced an online learning partnership with Silverchair Learning Systems. Under the deal, joint clients will gain access to OnShift's staff scheduling and employee training content through the Silverchair platform.
'Pay attention: Retention pays' was the title of the latest in a series of free McKnight's webcasts for long-term care professionals. The hour-long event was broadcast live Aug. 28 and is available for a year via the McKnight's online archive. Lead presenters were Shelly Szarek-Skodny, the president and CEO of Legacy Business Partners, and Mark Woodka, the CEO of OnShift Software. They addressed staffing strategies critical for minimizing turnover and retaining good employees, a route to better outcomes, higher occupancy, increased resident satisfaction — and a healthier bottom line.
OnShift announced five winners of its first annual Scheduler of the Year Awards. The recipients exemplify "commitment, flexibility, and focus in leading the employee scheduling efforts in long-term care and senior living organizations," according to the firm. This year's winners are: Connie Carlson, The Assisi Health Care Center at Clare Oaks, Life Care Services LLC; Gina Fenske, The Terraces of Phoenix, American Baptist Homes of the West; Lila Howell, Mason Christian Village, Christian Homes Inc.; Maria Martinez, Lexington of Chicago Ridge, Lexington Health Network; and Tabitha Ramos, Country Club Retirement Campus at Ashtabula, Holland Management Inc."Schedulers play such an important role in healthcare, balancing the needs of residents, the organization, budgets, and employees on a day-to-day basis," stated Gene Groys, OnShift's executive vice president and founder.
OnShift recently secured $3 million in Series B financing, the web-based staff scheduling and shift management software company announced. OnShift's revenues increase by more than 400% last year, according to the firm.
Nursing homes can survive recent Medicare and impending Medicaid cuts by embracing the use of technology to reduce staffing costs, said experts in a McKnight's webinar Thursday.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Wal-Mart on Monday in a major class-action lawsuit accusing the corporation of sex discrimination. In a 5-4 vote, the justices decided the world's largest private employer did not have a common corporate policy of discrimination toward women in terms of compensation and promotion.