Healthcare Labor Management White Papers
Avantas has been a leading provider of healthcare workforce management solutions for more than a decade. The following healthcare labor management white papers represent a fraction of the research Avantas has conducted into the science of workforce planning, demand forecasting, and operational best practices.
At Avantas, our single focus is the optimization of the healthcare workforce through the implementation of advanced healthcare scheduling and productivity solutions and customized healthcare consulting strategies to ensure predictable and sustainable results.
Our proprietary, enterprise approach is known as HELMTM, and is applicable in inpatient, ancillary, and clinics/outpatient areas.
Beyond the Float Pool: Sophisticated Contingency Strategies for an Increasingly Complex Reality
To cost effectively meet patient demand with today’s diversified and complex delivery networks, healthcare providers must have contingency staff strategies that go well beyond the idea of having a “float pool.” This white paper explores emerging best-practice contingency staff layering as well as the right-sizing of core staff sources.
RMC: Insights and Strategies for Effective Centralized Workforce Management
Many healthcare organizations are adopting centralized approaches to managing labor to increase efficiencies. While this strategy has tremendous potential, many providers find themselves struggling to make it work. This white paper provides insight into the strategy and discusses six solutions to the most common pain points healthcare organizations encounter with this approach.
Can Leadership Development for Nurses Positively Impact an Organization’s Bottom Line?
Developing nurses into better leaders can impact the bottom line – but how exactly? What are the best ways of establishing leadership development initiatives in healthcare organizations? This white paper dives into multiple areas to provide concrete support for establishing leadership development programs.
A study of staffing metrics and the correlation to turnover
Most organizations make decisions about nurse turnover and retention without a complete understanding of the causes. Avantas analyzed a number of staffing metrics from 38 hospitals across six health systems. For each metric we determined the average percentage of total hours per RN and identified at what point the metric played a factor in turnover.
Health System Mergers & Acquisitions
Seeking Shelter Amidst Uncertainty
The trend of consolidation in healthcare is showing no signs of slowing down. In light of continued financial pressure and uncertainty, health systems continue to look to M&A for shelter and/or growth. This paper explores the opportunities and pitfalls of M&A and provides insight on strategies to avoid the potential negative effects.
Scheduling for Maximum Efficiency
A Metrics-Based Comparison of Four, Six, and Eight Week Schedule Periods
Avantas conducted research of inpatient nursing units at more than 75 hospitals and tracked how various scheduling frequencies impacted two important financial factors: FTE leakage and incidental worked time. The white paper also looks at how the different schedule periods correlate to the frequency of core staff floating and schedule changes.
Managing Incidental Worked Time
Incidental worked time (IWT) refers to time a staff member is on the clock before or after a shift or during a scheduled meal break. While individual instances of IWT can seem innocuous, when rolled up to the hospital level, the expense can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. This white paper walks through the various causes of IWT and provides solutions to reduce it.
Focusing on the Controllable
Five Strategies for Hospitals to Hedge Against Uncertainty
This white paper details five key labor management strategies that drive savings across the continuum of labor, effectively offsetting some of the negative effects of the recession and health reform.
Open Shift Management
Understanding Staff Motivations is Key to Filling Shifts
This white paper presents the results of a study examining staff motivations in filling high-need nursing shifts and how a scheduling module of decreasing financial incentives as shift dates approach support nurses’ decisions.
Three Hidden Opportunities in Healthcare Labor Management
This paper provides three easy-to-implement labor management strategies capable of saving the average unit / department nearly $60,000 per year.