Achieving the Gold Standard in Clinical Quality

It may not come as a surprise that hospitals with better patient-reported experience perform better financially, according to a Deloitte report. As the market continues to shift toward value-based and patient-centered models, a high quality of care is going to be the gold standard which facilities must take notable actions to achieve.

Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) help track how well healthcare facilities are doing across many aspects of patient care, including:

  • Patient Safety
  • Patient and Family Engagement
  • Clinical Process/Effectiveness
  • Efficient Use of Healthcare Resources

A regular hurdle that facility leaders must overcome in order to achieve the high level of clinical quality is finding and retaining skilled clinicians with that same commitment to that gold standard for patient care.

A reputable Vendor Management System (VMS) can instill confidence in an organization’s clinical capabilities by providing a cost-effective solution for the following challenges:

1)      Finding, training and retaining quality clinicians

2)      Right-sizing staff ratios amidst demand fluctuations and cost pressures

3)      Training on CMS survey preparedness

4)      Implement systems to drive higher STAR ratings

A Managed Service Provider maintains broader access to qualified clinical staff than what a single facility can pull from. Coupled with a robust process for screening candidates, a partnership with an MSP can ensure the right clinicians are on your floors. They select based on compliance and clinical capabilities – for example, how well do they interact with patients and family members? How is their attention to detail impacted by stress or workload?

“PPR is responsive and fast-acting to any staffing requests. This has allowed my team to grow while maintaining quality team members as a whole,” said Peter Caudle Rehab Program Manager.

We’d love to share more about our custom approach to solving your staffing needs and why we are proud to have clients like Peter.

Learn what sets PPR apart. Contact us today.

SLPs: What You Want to Know About Calvert County Schools

Established in 1654, Calvert County is one of the oldest counties in the United States, so they have had time on their side in their quest to be one of the top school districts.

Calvert County Schools ranks among Maryland’s top districts with an AP enrollment rate of over 40 percent of high school students. The district also has a center dedicated to special education. With plenty of Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) openings for the 2018-2019 school year, this might be the call for your next adventure.

Prince Frederick, Maryland, is a charming town with beaches, state parks and a vineyard. Head over to where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay, and you’ll find Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center featuring a walking path amongst sculptures on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. Charter boats are available if you’re interested in cruising down the Chesapeake Bay.

Washington, D.C., is just 35 miles northwest, so you will never run out of options whether you love cherry blossomswar museums or top headlining concerts. A little further is Baltimore, yet another great city rich in history with something to fit all taste buds and hobbies.

If you’re an SLP and looking to go back to school on a contract, it’s important you’re in the know about licensing requirements and what opportunities are out there. If exploring this part of our great nation piques your interest, head over to our listings for all the openings in Calvert County Schools. We’re eager to get you back to school in Fall 2018.

6 Money Saving Hacks For Travel Nurses on Assignment

San Sebastian. A new roof for your home. College tuition. Paris. Whatever or whomever you may be saving for, it is possible to build a savings account while on assignment as a travel nurse. While a higher on average salary can significantly improve an RN’s ability to save while on assignment, there are a few factors to consider when attempting to save some funds. You might be sleeping on a new bed every 13 weeks, so stowing it under your mattress probably won’t be an option for you. Try these hacks to save money, no matter where your assignment takes you.

Understand Cost of Living

Not all travel nursing companies will help you understand how cost of living may affect your salary. It can be easier to save money when there’s less money going towards housing, transportation, and entertainment. One advantage to travel nurse jobs is that you have the potential to earn more than you might in a permanent position. Some of this is based on specialty and facility, but it also comes down to the cost of living in your new city. Take for example California. The Golden State continuously reigns as one of the top highest paying states for nurses, but sunny California is also home to more than a few cities with high costs of living. If you’re looking for sun and want to save money while on assignment, it might be better to take that position in Carmichael over Los Angeles.

Effortless Money Saving Apps

Saving money is hard because it takes effort. Even when the cash flow is right, the last thing you’ll probably be thinking about while adjusting to a new facility will be that you need to transfer money into your savings account. Money saving apps that link to your checking account are a great way to save your money effortlessly without even having to think about it. Apps like Simple and Mint also help you break down your spending, so you know where your money is going.

Try: Simple or Mint

Car Share

We’re not talking UberPOOL, where you share a ride with a stranger in the same direction but, you know, those pay-by-the-hour car services. Depending on your facility’s proximity to housing and public transportation, you may be better off leaving your car behind on assignment. That big city life! Instead, consider leaving your wheels behind and only renting a car when you need it. You can save on maintenance, parking, gas, and more.

Try: Car2Go or Zip Car

Yes, Coupons

As a travel nurse, we know you won’t have time to clip coupons, however, one expense that can add up is entertainment in your new city. When it comes to saving, one of the best ways to make it happen is to cut out extra expenses. Instead of cutting back on entertainment entirely, try a website like LivingSocial or Groupon. These “coupon” sites provide deep discounts on comedy club tickets, dinners out, kickboxing classes, and more. On top of savings, it’s a good way to check what attractions are available in your current city, and potentially meet new people.

Try: LivingSocial or Groupon

Airbnb or Rent Your House

If you own your home you may trying renting it out to help cover the costs of your mortgage, and on top of housing costs that might be covered by a travel nurse agency, you’ll have extra cash flow leftover for your savings account. Another added perk to having someone in your home while you’re away is home maintenance. For example, if you live in an area that experiences harsh winters, you’ll have less worry about whether or not your pipes are freezing, or if the attic window broke in a storm. Renting short-term stays to guests through Airbnb, can be more difficult when it comes cleaning and maintenance, but plenty of people just like you may be looking for a place to crash for a couple of months.

Try: Airbnb or Vacasa

Rewards Credit Cards

How are you paying for expenses before the travel company reimburses you? Are you earning rewards? Think about it though. With a credit card that rewards, you can charge away and as long as you pay it off, you’ll reap the benefits of later being reimbursed. Depending on your financial situation and how often you use credit cards, you may want to upgrade to a credit card that provides money back, air miles, or other benefits. One thing to pay attention to is annual fees; some credit card companies will charge a yearly fee (although quite low) at $50-100 annually.

Try: Discover or United Plus Mileage Card

What to speak with a recruiter about expenses while traveling, and other ways to save on the road? Contact us today! Email us or call us at 866.581.5038.

The Benefits of Extending Your Contract

There are tons of travel nursing assignments available at all times, so why not extend?

Maybe you really like the facility, maybe you have started dating someone new, or maybe you want to spend more time exploring the area. If you’re not quite ready to leave, talk to your recruiter about extending.

Extensions are often the most convenient option for everyone involved – the traveler, recruiter and hospital. There are no submissions, no new paperwork and no coordinating timely travel arrangements. Instead, extending allows you to continue on the floor that you already know and love.

Choosing to extend ultimately saves the most time for travelers looking to not take a break and travel a little longer. If this is something you are considering, you’ll want to let your recruiter know so they can start working on it as soon as they can. If you think this is something you might consider come time for your next assignment, be sure to prepare by packing ahead!

Talk to a recruiter right now! Click here to contact us today.

Filling Your Orders with a Managed Service Provider

Healthcare organizations have orders to fill – specifically, staffing orders. Today’s healthcare climate is never short of complexities whether due to expansions, technological upgrades or patient demands. These business opportunities often intersect with a staffing need. And although recruitment and managing contracted healthcare professionals is an important component to delivering valued patient care, it is generally not a healthcare provider’s core business.

Partnering with a Managed Services Provider (MSP) can significantly improve and optimize the process of filling staffing orders through technology-advanced sourcing, recruiting and screening. After all, it is an MSP’s core business to fill orders in a strategic and cost-efficient way.

Who you choose to be the heart and mind behind your organization is extremely important. Your team has a direct and identifiable impact on your patient care. When considering an MSP, you want a company that consistently invests in top talent and technology to create and maintain a top tier vendor management program. That way you know you are choosing from the best and brightest your industry has to offer.

Curious how an MSP solution could help your organization fill orders?

Contact one of our representatives today. We’d be happy to share a little bit about how we can help make your life easier. At PPR Vendor Solutions, we always put you first.