Healthcare Job Growth Slows

The federal budget sequester and uncertainty about healthcare reform may be curtailing hiring in physician practices and hospitals, a recent survey conducted by outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found. The U.S. economy recorded the fewest number of announced job cuts in a month since 1997, but the healthcare care sector was not as fortunate as much of the rest of the economy, the firm said. Its survey indicated that the sector had announced 6,843 job cuts in July, the most job losses announced in a month since November 2009. “Cuts in Medicare reimbursements brought about by sequestration and healthcare… Full Story

Healthcare Job Additions Slowed Nationwide in July

The healthcare sector added 2,500 jobs nationwide in July, a pace that mirrored the sluggish overall job market, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday. The 2,500-person bump was a massive dip from the boost of 14,800 jobs in June. In July, hospitals reported a 4,400-job decline—a 0.09 percent dip—while physicians’ offices reported 700 fewer jobs, a 0.03 percent cut. On the bright side, outpatient care centers added 2,800 jobs in July, a 0.41 percent increase, while home healthcare added 3,900 jobs, a 0.3 percent rise. The BLS noted that the healthcare sector has added an average of 16,000 jobs a month… Full Story

DFW Adds 14,400 Healthcare and Education Jobs

Dallas-Fort Worth added 14,400 health services and education jobs in the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment in that sector grew 6.1 percent in Fort Worth-Arlington, compared with 2.1 percent in Dallas-Plano-Irving, from April 2012 to April 2013. DFW grew nearly 105,000 jobs during that time, raising overall metropolitan area employment to more than 3 million.

DFW Hiring Outlook Bullish

Eleven percent of Dallas-Fort Worth CFOs plan to add new professional-level positions—including healthcare—in the third quarter, according to the Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half. Thirteen percent of respondents said they will not be hiring, even to fill an open position, and 5 percent plan to reduce staff levels. Another 70 percent said they would hire for roles that open during the next three months. “As companies continue to relocate and add personnel in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, candidates with highly specialized skill sets remain in demand,” said Cecil Gregg, DFW district president for Robert Half in a… Full Story

CMS Innovation Leader Steps Down

Rick Gilfillan, director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation is stepping down. Gilfillan has led CMMI since it was established in 2010 and has overseen its growth to an organization of more than 230 people, according to POLITICO. Patrick Conway, chief medical officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will serve as acting director of CMMI, while maintaining his other role as director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality.

Merit-based Bonuses May Motivate More than Pay Hikes

Merit raises, rather than straight pay hikes, may be the key to keeping, attracting, and motivating healthcare employees, according to American Medical News.  In the article, Kevin Haeberle, senior vice president and senior adviser at INTEGRATED Healthcare Strategies, a healthcare consulting company in Kansas City, Mo., said merit raises or bonuses should be at least 2 percent of an employee’s salary to alter their behavior. Even with this, a better approach may include offering a variety of incentives of the same value—continuing education, vacation time, or even cash. Haeberle said that expectations of employees should be concise and include how… Full Story