How ASCs Manage Flex Hours Post-Healthcare Reform
"For example," says Tom Jacobs, CEO and co-founder of MedHQ, "if an ASC hires someone as a full time nurse but then experiences a slow period — perhaps a senior surgeon retires and it will take 18 months to bring volume back up to previous rates — so the nurse's schedule might dip below 30 hours per week for a six- or 12-month period. The employee could become ineligible for insurance benefits during that time."
"In the past, this wasn't as rigorously regulated," says Mr. Jacobs. "The employer and employee have always been subject to audit by the health insurance carrier, but with this new regime, you can imagine there is a lot more scrutiny over whether employees are working full time and direct actions could be taken under these circumstances."
If the surgery center wants to keep a nurse at full-time level and the operating schedule is slow, the nurse will likely take on additional non-clinical responsibilities instead of being sent home. "If the centers don't want to be penalized for flexing the nurses, which is normal for surgery centers, they may ask the nurses to stock materials or work on other projects that aren't typical of being a nurse in the traditional sense," says John Merski Jr., executive director of HR for MedHQ.
Click here to read the full article.
More Articles on Surgery Centers:
10 ASCs Making the News This Week
What is One of the Biggest Missed Opportunities in ASC Cost Cutting?
Regent Surgical Health Opens Joint Venture Surgery Center in Portland: 5 Things to Know
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2016. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.
To receive the latest hospital and health system business and legal news and analysis from Becker's Hospital Review, sign-up for the free Becker's Hospital Review E-weekly by clicking here.
- Total joint replacement in ASCs: 10 years & counting for Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Center — 5 things to know
- 10 largest ASC chains in the US
- Panel favors AmSurg in non-compete controversy with physicians: 5 things to know
- AAAASF grants accreditation to Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery: 4 key notes
- eSutures moves to new headquarters in Mokena, IL: 5 key notes