Plugging Payroll Leaks

June 2011
HealthLeaders Magazine;Jun2011, Vol. 14 Issue 6, p43
The article discusses overspending on labor through lost productivity or needless overtime in U.S. hospitals. Health care finance leaders say labor costs are too high. Experts say the culprits include employees not reporting time accurately. Stormont-Vail HealthCare stopped using packaged scheduling software in favor of non-fixed shifts and a home-grown spreadsheet updated daily or shift by shift to accommodate patient volumes and acuity. Without this, the hospital would have continued to pay premium rates and failed to address staffing shortfalls.


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