02 - How to Work in a Provider Shortage Environment / Negotiations with Providers
Discussions in the popular press, industry newsletters and peer-reviewed publications about the nature and impact of staffing shortages in the American health care delivery system are constant, consistent and concerning. Shortages appear at all levels of care from persons who clean facilities and care for patients, through nurses who underpin the system to an aging physician workforce. Some areas of specialty such as mental health professionals pose immediate crises, but none of the shortages should be ignored. Shortages in supply force increased costs and can pose threats to patient safety and outcomes. Actuaries may not deal directly with staffing issues, but certainly deal with the results. This session will highlight areas of the most crucial shortages, look at the impact to a moderately sized, but rural health system and conclude with some thoughts about the impact to health actuaries in their work, from trends to contracting.
Marilyn Werber Serafini