Before Hiring A Staffing Firm

There’s an interesting article I came across titled Before Hiring A Revenue Cycle Firm. In it, the author gives 10 things hospitals should think about before they hire a firm to come in to help them out.

Every point he makes is a great one. Most of the points he makes would work well when looking at an interim staffing firm that you might consider using for extra help. In particular, these points stand out:

#3 – Find a good fit. Some hospitals work with multiple companies because they’re trying to find the best deal. The truth is that if you pick only one staffing firm to work with, both of you have the opportunity to get to know each other better, and that staffing firm will understand your needs and try to place the right person for you. They would do that anyway, but better relationships mean a better opportunity to get it right.

#5 – Identify all of the pieces in your revenue cycle. Sometimes when things aren’t working properly, it might not be the interim person you brought in, but a missed opportunity because there weren’t enough people brought in, or at least enough people with the knowledge to help you out. For instance, if you needed to bring in an interim director, it might also help to bring in an interim supervisor, even if there’s a supervisor there, to help break up the workload to get things in place quicker.

#9 – Take a hard look at your current situation. You’re paying out good money, but you also want to get the biggest bang for your buck. Sometimes, looking for someone who’ll accept $25 an hour to do a crucial job is a bad strategy. High priced personnel comes that way because they’ve proven to have special skills. Why make your staffing firm have to make a choice between the best qualified candidate and the one you say you want to pay for? Neither party is happy in that case, for more than the money spent.

I hope you take some time to check out the article; it’s very well written.

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