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According to Staffing Industry Analysts’ recent annual report, hospital CEOs anticipate their biggest challenges in 2019 to be rising expenses (71%), competition for talent (58%), regulatory and reimbursement pressure (46%), Medicaid changes (25%) and transitioning to value-based payments (17%).

If the above workforce challenges are all too familiar to you and your staff, then you may want to consider using the services of an MSP or a managed service provider program. An MSP can help your facility recruit top clinical talent, control labor costs, mitigate risk, and enhance workforce process efficiencies with just one point of contact and one invoice.

In today’s healthcare landscape, healthcare facilities must create a sustainable workforce management strategy to succeed. But which one is right for your facility?

At Medical Solutions, our managed services program can make your healthcare workforce management simpler, smarter, and more personal. With a focus on understanding your unique company, culture and challenges, our team provides the right people for your organization when you need them. And if a staffing solution doesn’t make your workload easier or save your healthcare facility money, then it isn’t effective. And we’ll know because we listen to you every step of the way.

Is it time for you to partner with an MSP?

Still unsure if your facility is ready for an MSP partner? Then you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you know how many contingent employees are on the floor right now?
  • Do you know how many and what types of staffing resources you need at your facility?
  • Are you confident your entire contingent workforce is compliant with all regulatory standards?
  • How much time do you spend managing your facility’s temporary workforce?

If you answered “no” or “I don’t know” to any of these questions, we would love to start a conversation with you. In the meantime, simply watch our video and learn how our service-based MSP can help your facility today!

Medical Solutions: Managed Service Provider Explainer - YouTube

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Healthcare organizations succeed when they have the right leadership in place. Unfortunately, finding the right post-acute healthcare leader can be a lengthy process. Meanwhile, your facility is left in a leadership void, and patient care doesn’t stop. That’s why an interim nurse leader could be your facility’s best short-term solution. Consider the following benefits an interim nurse leader brings to the table:

They have new ideas and perspectives:

Interim nurse leaders have “been there and done that” in healthcare organizations across the country. With their varied experience, they can tell you what’s worked before — and more importantly — what hasn’t at other long-term care facilities. An interim nurse leader’s fresh perspective can also help your team find new solutions to old problems, re-energize your front-line staff, and improve your program’s overall productivity.

They can be change influencers:

Whileexperiencedinterim nurse leaders can provide a sense of stability to your front-line staff during this transitional time, they could also instill some necessary changes to your facility’s operations. Since their role is temporary, interim leaders can open up a non-judgmental dialogue with your front-line staff, which allows them to share stories that might have been held back out of fear. With this insight into your facility’s current state of affairs, a skilled temporary leader can help your organization move forward to a better place.

They can help a hospital or facility define their leadership needs:  

Finding the right healthcare leader for your organization takes time. Unfortunately, your day-to-day workload doesn’t usually slow down to accommodate your talent search. That’s when a temporary nurse leader could be the best short-term solution for you and your facility. An interim nurse leader can help keep your clinical operations running smoothly while you and your executive leaders find the right permanent leader for the job.

An interim nurse leader can help fill the leadership gap by offering a fresh perspective, a neutral outlook, and clinical support during a crucial transition at your facility. At Medical Solutions, we know how important it is to find the right healthcare leader in the post-acute setting. We can help. You can learn more about our interim leadership services or contact us today at 1.866.633.3548.

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How would you rate your facility’s hiring process? As the war for clinical talent intensifies, it’s more important than ever to streamline your hiring process so your facility can attract the right healthcare professionals. Consider the following signs your hiring process could be broken and the strategies you can use to fix it:

A candidate’s resume is prioritized over the interview:

You could be hiring the wrong people for the wrong reasons. While a healthcare professional’s skills and experience are undeniably important, you shouldn’t treat his or her resume as the final factor in your hiring decisions. A candidate may look fantastic on paper, but a resume can’t tell you everything. In fact, a recent CareerBuilder survey found that 75% of employers have caught a lie on a resume. At the end of the day, you need to find candidates who have intangible skills that aren’t necessarily listed on a resume, like leadership and resiliency.

Solution: The resume should be the starting point in your hiring process. Use it to guide your questions during the interview. Additionally, remember to ask behavioral questions to gauge a clinical candidate’s problem-solving abilities, critical-thinking skills, and leadership potential.

Your interviews aren’t consistent:

Your candidates will come from all walks of life, with different experiences, skills, and perspectives. As such, your conversation during an interview could lead to impromptu follow-up questions. That’s not necessarily bad — after all, you’re getting to know the candidate — but it does mean you have to be careful to keep the interview on track. As the interviewer, you need to collect the same information about each candidate. If you don’t, you won’t be able to properly compare your candidates against each other.

Solution: Go into the interview with an agenda and a set of planned questions. In this way, you can get the same information you need from each candidate and make a more accurate hiring decision.

Your hiring process hasn’t changed in 10 years:

A decade ago, Facebook was just a platform for college students, and social media was in its infancy. Nowadays, social media is where candidates go to start their job search. So, that begs the question, where are you posting your jobs and does your facility have a strong social media presence? If your organization is stuck in the past, it’s time to change things up. Otherwise, you will lose out on the industry’s top talent.

Solution: Stay current on today’s technology to make your hiring process more efficient. Post your open positions on job board websites, such as Indeed, Glassdoor, and CareerBuilder. Then, advertise them on your organization’s social media platforms to extend your talent acquisition efforts.  

You’ve hired an experienced clinician, but they don’t fit your culture:

It’s likely you’re just not assessing your healthcare professionals for cultural fit, and that’s a problem. If your new hire conflicts with management, doesn’t get along with co-workers, or simply doesn’t fit in, they’ll quickly leave. Making a bad hire can be costly — according to the Journal of Nursing Administration, it costs roughly $82,000 to replace a nurse.

Solution: Weave personality tests and behavioral questions into your hiring process to find out if the candidate is a good cultural fit. Still unsure? If you can, meet the candidate in an informal setting, such as a lunch or a dinner interview for a better cultural fit assessment.  

Candidates are accepting jobs elsewhere:

If this is one of your facility’s pain points, your interview process is too long. In today’s war for clinical talent, you need to act fast to attract and retain the best and brightest healthcare professionals.

Solution: Keep your interview process as short as possible. Instead of conducting several rounds of interviews for each candidate, consider using the services of a staffing partner, like Medical Solutions. The company has a robust, clinically-led screening process that can help accelerate your hiring process from weeks to just a few days. 

If your facility has made any of these interview mistakes in the past, Medical Solutions can help. Since 2001, we’ve helped hospitals, medical facilities, and clinics hire and manage great clinical talent. For more information on the workforce solutions we offer, call us today at 1.866.633.3548.

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Thanks to today’s tight labor market, contingent labor programs are on the rise. Healthcare organizations now have the ability to quickly hire top clinical talent when they need them, and experienced clinicians have the flexibility to work where they want to travel. While this is a win-win situation for almost everyone, it does introduce certain workforce challenges for your facility’s administrative team.

Interviewing, hiring, and onboarding contingent employees can add an avalanche of tasks for your HR team, whose time and resources are already limited. Since these tasks are critical to the successful delivery of quality patient care, healthcare organizations have increasingly begun to outsource them to a healthcare staffing partner. It’s not hard to see why. Consider the following ways an MSP can help boost your facility’s productivity:

Enhance the hiring process and onboarding experience: First impressions matter, especially when your facility is recruiting and hiring new employees. The ongoing war for clinical talent means that only the healthcare organization with the fastest hiring process will win the best clinicians. Likewise, once you’ve found and hired the ideal candidate, you’ll need to fight to retain them. Companies with a strong onboarding process improve new hire retention by 82 percent and productivity by over 70 percent, according to a recent Glassdoor study. In contrast, organizations with weak onboarding programs are more likely to lose these individuals in the first year. 

An MSP partner can help accelerate your hiring process and provide a strong onboarding experience for your new contingent employees. Our team at Medical Solutions gets to know the way your organization works with a clinical-led immersion so that we can truly understand your unique needs—from staffing challenges to cultural considerations. We also utilize a rigorous screening process to ensure potential employees are not only well-qualified for your open positions, but also a strong fit for your company.

Handle all staffing supplier communication: Many healthcare facilities use several staffing partners to fill just one position. While you might think that more vendors are better, this situation merely adds a level of administrative complexity to your workload. With an MSP partner, you can expand your talent acquisition reach while maintaining a single point of contact with your MSP Account Manager. That’s all thanks to Medical Solutions’ affiliate partner network, which harnesses the recruitment power of more than 100 Joint Commission-certified staffing vendors.

Help maintain compliance standards and audit readiness: Hiring contingent employees can be a risky business if you don’t fully understand the ins and outs of healthcare compliance. Fortunately, an MSP partner can help you navigate the confusing world of compliance regulations and keep you ready for a Joint Commission audit. At Medical Solutions, we make compliance management faster and easier by providing our clients with a web-based technology solution, the MSP Portal. This client portal allows you to manage your contingent workforce anytime and on any device. Contingent clinician profiles, compliance stats, facility invoice history, client reporting, and more are all stored in one place. The best part is your team doesn’t have to keep track of these documents. Our Quality Assurance Team does it all for you, so you’ll have access to this information right at your fingertips when you need it.

Provide a seamless timekeeping and billing process: As the industry moves to value-based care, healthcare systems must be able to measure its contingent labor productivity against the cost of providing patient care. To that end, your MSP partner can not only facilitate your organization’s timekeeping process, but they can also streamline your invoice approval and billing process. Our healthcare clients only have one invoice and one point of contact, so your facility’s AR team no longer has to manage dozens of invoices from different staffing suppliers or reconcile discrepancies from previous billing cycles.

Whether you want to outsource your recruitment efforts or streamline the management of your entire contingent workforce, an MSP partner can help you save time. That means you can focus your energy on other important HR functions that can help your healthcare organization grow. To learn more about how Medical Solutions can streamline your contingent labor program today, contact us!

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U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2019 Best States list. The publication evaluated all 50 states across 71 different metrics, including healthcare. To rank the states for healthcare, the report looked at three board measures: access to healthcare, healthcare quality, and public health.

Hawaii earned top honors again this year, followed closely by Massachusetts and Connecticut earning the bronze. Meanwhile, other states did not do so well. Mississippi is ranked as the worst state for healthcare, followed by Arkansas and West Virginia. Below, you’ll find the top 10 best and worst states for healthcare.

The best states for healthcare in 2019 are:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Connecticut
  4. Washington
  5. Rhode Island
  6. New Jersey
  7. California
  8. Maryland
  9. Utah
  10. Minnesota

The worst states for healthcare in 2019 are:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Arkansas
  3. West Virginia
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Alabama
  6. Louisiana
  7. Kentucky
  8. Tennessee
  9. Wyoming
  10. Missouri

You can see the full report here.

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At Medical Solutions, Nurses Week is the highlight of our year. And while Nurses Week just wrapped up, we’re still in a festive mood. So, we’d like to take a moment to appreciate the hard work our internal team of registered nurses does every day. This dedicated group, officially known as the Clinical Team, works behind the scenes for our Travelers, our hospital partners, and even our internal employees. Here’s just a quick snapshot of all that they do:

Interview Champions

Medical Solutions’ Clinical Team can accelerate your facility’s hiring process. They’ll help you find top candidates, reduce your time-to-fill rates, increase your retention rates, and enhance your continuity of care. They’re able to do all this because they personally meet with our hospital partners to create detailed hiring profiles which include your facility’s cultural values and technical job requirements. Based on these preferences, the team will work on your behalf to pre-screen, interview, and recommend ideal candidates for your facility. Once the hiring process is complete, our Clinical Team will also remain available to your facility as a resource throughout your contract.

Nurse Mentors

The Medical Solutions Clinical Team has been there and done that. Together, these healthcare professionals have more than 100 years of experience in nursing, and the team’s wealth of knowledge is a great resource for our Travelers. They can ask our internal RNs for professional career advice and use them as a reliable sounding board when life gets stressful. In short, the Clinical Team is a group of friendly nurse mentors.

Trusted Colleagues

In addition to being interview champs and nurse mentors, the Clinical Team also helps keep Medical Solutions’ internal employees healthy. Should a health issue come up, they are always on hand and ready to offer medical advice to their co-workers. For example, they’ll gladly look at various lumps, bumps, and sprained ankles. They’ll also kindly let you know when it’s time to call the doctor for either yourself or your sick kids.

At Medical Solutions, the work these healthcare professionals do does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. The Clinical Team is the foundation of our company’s mission. They help connect caregivers to the people who need them most, provide career advice to our Travelers when necessary, and support their co-workers in every possible way. For these reasons and so many more, we are incredibly grateful to our Clinical Team!

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At Medical Solutions, we think nurses are magic. Why? Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare industry — they specialize in caring for and comforting patients every single day. For this and a million different reasons, we are deeply grateful for the work nurses do.

Similarly, we know healthcare leaders, like you, appreciate your nursing workforce. Fortunately, Nurses Week, May 6th-12th, is just around the corner.  And it’s the perfect time to show your nurses how you feel about them!

If you are looking for festive tips this year, remember to tell your RNs about Medical Solutions’ magical Nurses Week celebration at WeLoveOurNurses.com. Nurses everywhere are invited to join in the fun, take quizzes, and win prizes!

Here’s the lineup for Nurses Week 2019:

#NursesAreMagic Photo Instagram Contest: We’re asking all nurses to share snapshots of magic moments from their lives for the chance to win one of five $300 Amazon gift cards! Don’t forget to use the hashtags #NursesAreMagic and #MedicalSolutions.

 “What’s Your Magic Power?” Quiz: Do you believe in magic powers? We do. In fact, we think everyone has a special talent. Nurses can take this quiz to discover their personal “magic power” and for the chance to win one of seven $50 Amazon gift cards.

“What’s Your Magical Destination?” Quiz: Are you ready to take your magical nursing skills on the road? If so, you can take this quiz to find your first (or next) magical Travel Nursing assignment! Nurses who play are also automatically entered for a chance to win one of seven $50 Amazon gift cards.

Abracadabra Nurses Week Playlist: Music is the strongest form of magic — it has the power to transport listeners to another time and place. So, we invite you to turn up the volume and get carried away with this magical collection of songs sure to delight you and your nursing staff!  

No matter how you decide to celebrate, everyone here at Medical Solutions wishes you a fun and magical Nurses Week!

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In just a few short weeks, Medical Solutions will be in San Diego for the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ Annual Meeting. The event takes place on April 10 to April 13, 2019. We think there are several reasons why you should join us, but we’ll stick to the top 5 reasons to attend AONE 2019:

  1. Get inspired: AONE has several inspirational keynote speakers lined up for this year’s conference. Entrepreneur Sarah Robb O’Hagan will share her stories about working with the world’s biggest brands and encourages leaders to embrace change. Meanwhile, Amy Herman, a lawyer and art historian, plans to offer artistic insight into how medical professionals can sharpen their observational skills. Then, Indu Subaiya, the co-founder of Health 2.0, will speak on technology’s power to change the way we provide care. Lastly, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nursing Administration Dr. Karen Hill dives into the latest research relevant to nurse leaders.
  • Connect: AONE’s annual meeting is one of the largest nurse leader conferences in the nation. Thanks to several networking events, it’s also a great place to connect with your peers or catch up with old friends. Who knows? You could develop a professional relationship here that leads to a learning experience long after the conference is over.
  • Learn: Speaking of learning, there are plenty of educational opportunities at AONE. You get to choose from hundreds of breakout sessions on hot industry topics such as leadership development and succession planning, transformative models of care, and emerging roles across the care continuum.
  • Explore: Did we mention this year’s conference is happening in sunny San Diego? After an exciting day at the conference, you can play the tourist in one of California’s most beautiful cities. Known for its vibrant culinary scene, world-class zoo, and sandy beaches, San Diego won’t disappoint visitors!
  • Meet industry experts: AONE also invites industry experts to the conference so you can learn about new products or solutions. Don’t forget to stop by Booth 1009 and visit with Medical Solutions! We’ll be offering free lattes and great conversation in the Exhibitors Hall!

It’s not too late to register! Learn more here.

Are you going to AONE 2019? What are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!

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We are excited to announce Craig Meier, Medical Solutions’ chief executive officer, has been named to Staffing Industry Analysts’ North American Staffing 100 list for the second consecutive year.

According to Staffing Industry Analysts, this annual list honors 100 individuals who are “shaping the industry and influencing the workforce solutions ecosystem.”

Below, you can read Meier’s entry on SIA’s prestigious honor roll:  

“Craig Meier is chief executive officer of Medical Solutions, one of the nation’s largest healthcare staffing firms. His employee-driven, culture-rich and servant leadership approach helped guide Medical Solutions to spots on SIA’s 2018 largest healthcare staffing and fastest-growing US staffing firms lists, a Best Places to Work designation in each of the five company locations, and the Inc. 5000 list. In 2018, Meier led company efforts alongside partner TPG Growth to acquire PPR and 360 Healthcare Staffing, a provider of travel nurse staffing and interim leadership for acute and post-acute markets, and one of the fastest-growing healthcare staffing companies in its own right. Meier served on the board of directors of the National Association of Travel Healthcare Organizations in 2018.”

True to his people-first leadership style, Meier took this opportunity to recognize and appreciate his employees.

“I’m honored to be recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts,” said Meier. “It’s humbling as this recognition reflects the talented team we have in place at Medical Solutions. Our employees truly enjoy serving this industry and are dedicated to providing exceptional service to our travelers and clients every day.”

Well done, Craig!

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Carry-on suitcase. Check.

Toothpaste. Check.

Extra pens. Check.

Amazing prizes. Check.

At Medical Solutions, we’re busy packing our bags for the 41st annual Association of California Nurse Leaders Conference in Pasadena. As you get ready for the nurse leader networking event of the year, we hope meeting our team of healthcare staffing experts is on your to-do list too!

This year’s conference, coming up February 3-6, 2019 at the Pasadena Conference Center, promises to be filled with tons of career development and networking opportunities for nurse leaders. For example, Dr. Rick Sacra, a medical missionary and Ebola survivor, plans to share his incredible story during his keynote address. ACNL’s conference lineup also includes speeches from other nurse leaders on topics ranging from best practices for moving up the leadership ladder to how healthcare providers can help combat human trafficking.

After you’ve soaked up your daily dose of industry insight, be sure to catch up with Medical Solutions, your favorite healthcare staffing partner. We’ll be at booth #328 ready for some great conversation and fantastic giveaways! We hope to see you there! 

In the meantime, what conference topics and events are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!

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