Not all industries find contingent workers conducive to their workforce requirements; but those that do, enjoy high returns on their investment and keep using them, thereby contributing to the exponential growth of contingent workforces. One such industry is the healthcare sector where the need for contingent workers is evident across the gamut of positions in hospitals, home service providers in healthcare industry such as clinics, wellness centers, assisted living centers and elder care facilities, among others.
The current population and its demographics are driving the need for contingent workers in healthcare to exponential levels. The policymakers have further increased this requirement by promulgating the Parent Protection and Affordable Care Act, which mandates health insurance coverage to one and all; demanding a corresponding increase in healthcare providers.
As the population of America is growing older, doctors and nurses alike are equally in demand. Specialized patient care and support are in high demand. Assisted living facilities are a need of the hour and home health aides are needed to help with patient hygiene and other routine tasks.
Many factors are driving the use of contingent workers in the healthcare industry. Let’s take a look at some of them:
Healthcare organizations have everything going for them in their use of contingent workers to meet their talent requirements for healthcare positions. However, when filling jobs in the healthcare industry, one must employ caution and ensure that they screen their contract workers as thoroughly as they screen their permanent employees. They must also note to re-screen rehires and existing employees at routine intervals of a maximum of 12 months. Any slips in verifying the history of a permanent or temporary worker’s misconduct or criminal acts could jeopardize a healthcare organization’s reputation and future, while saddling it with huge legal costs and tort liabilities.
DCR’s Vendor Management System (VMS), Smart Track, works for healthcare organizations to control compliance and limit risk when hiring hundreds or even thousands of contingent workers. Does your healthcare organization need a VMS like Smart Track?
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