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WRX Launches Hospital Labor Waste Calculator
Date:4/16/2009

(Hospitals target the disease, not the symptoms)

HUDSON, Fla., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Workforce Prescriptions ("WRX") announced on Friday the launch of a no-cost online tool developed to allow hospitals to estimate their unique labor waste derived from 7 sources:

  • Overtime utilization
  • Agency utilization
  • Other "Premium Pay" utilization
  • Excessive length of stay driven by avoidable days
  • Process labor waste
  • Productivity labor waste
  • General labor waste

"The tool was developed by analyzing data provided by over 140 adult acute hospitals who have participated in detailed labor efficiency audits over the last 3 years," states Dean Kristiniak, Vice President of Key Service Lines. He goes on to state, "It took some work to clarify linkages in order to distinguish between root causes and correlating factors in order to produce reasonably accurate estimates based on just a few key data points."

"Our goal in providing this tool to the marketplace is to elevate the discussion of alternatives to traditional methods of reducing labor expense. We'd like to move the industry past conversations of FTE (full time employee) or workforce reductions into conversations about the practices and processes that are at the root of unnecessary labor dependence and ultimately labor waste," states Charlie Dawson, President. He continues, "While we know that this tool produces only a remedial analysis of cause & effect, we've discovered it provides a valuable touch-point for senior leadership teams wanting to explore alternatives to optimizing labor without reducing staff."

WRX speaks and writes frequently about a single paradigm, "To assume that the most effective manner of reducing labor expense is to reduce the availability of labor" is to consc
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