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Demonstrate Compliance’s impact with a sales mentality and culturally impactful metrics

How strong compliance creates value for the healthcare organization and how to demonstrate it. Develop metrics and “talk tracks” for influencing up and across the organization. Focus on the right things with peers and c-level or board members. Articulate the value of regulatory change management.

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Nursing-shortage solutions come with licensure challenges  

Nursing-shortage solutions

The nursing shortage in the US was bad before the pandemic started. Now after the double whammy of a two-year pandemic and an aging population, it’s even worse. 

The American Nursing Association estimates that this year will see more than 100,000 unfilled nursing jobs, “more than any other profession.” 

Hospitals have traditionally brought in “nurse travelers” from outside their service areas and their states to comply with state staffing requirements. In 2000, the Nursing Licensure Compact permitted nurses licensed in one participating state to practice in other participating states. In 2018 the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC) added some requirements, such as state and federal fingerprint-based criminal background checks.  

With Vermont having started implementation February 1, 36½ states and territories are eNLC participants. Ohio has joined but won’t implement participation until January 2023.  Pennsylvania and the US Virgin Islands have joined but have not yet set implementation dates. The half is Guam, which recognizes eNLC licenses but whose nurses won’t be able to apply for one until later this year. 

Interstate licensing considerations for traveling nurses 

Nurse burnouts, quits, and anticipated retirements (500,000 RNs this year) have only added to the need for hiring travelers to fill the gaps. But before you do, there are potential pitfalls to watch out for:   

  • Does your state belong to the eNLC? Does the nurse’s home state? If not, what are the licensure requirements for nurses with out-of-state licenses? 
  • If your state has passed eNLC legislation, have they implemented it yet? If not, have they set a date for doing so? 
  • If eNLC legislation is pending in your state, what’s its status? 
  • Do you have a process in place for checking and verifying out-of-state licenses? 
  • If your state is not an eNLC participant, what are its regulations regarding out-of-state licensure? 
  • What if nurses you hired as travelers join your contracted staff and move to your state? Have you a process for making sure they updated their licenses from multi-state to your state? Are the in-state licenses current? If not, you’ll have been providing patient care services without a license.  

The expanding availability of out-of-state nurses can be hugely helpful for solving short-term nursing shortages. An audit of your practices against current regulations and compacts is a great first step in determining where and how to use traveling nurses in a compliant way. 

Do you have a system in place to manage regulatory changes? Having a solution that researches and analyzes regulatory changes, translates them into model procedures, and has a top healthcare law firm validate them can really pay. Read more about YouCompli’s regulatory monitoring process or schedule a demo.  

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The Health Care Compliance Institute is back to in person at the end of March, and YouCompli will be there!

We’re presenting the panel discussion “Reducing Healthcare Risk with Strong Regulatory Change Management” on Wednesday, March 30 at 1:45 MDT. The Health Care Compliance Institute panel includes healthcare compliance consultants Shawn DeGroot and Ken Zeko and New York Presbyterian’s Chuck Mazur. They’ll discuss how healthcare Compliance functions support the overall wellbeing of their organizations. Attendees will hear how they can:

  • Identify best practices for navigating regulatory change management in your organization
  • Elevate their skills in leading through influence
  • Connect compliance mandates to patient care, business objectives and reduced risk

The panel will discuss some of the challenges of effective regulatory change management. They’ll look at the risks an organization takes when it doesn’t support regulatory change management. And they’ll suggest ways for effectively navigating organizational complexity.

Their insights are backed up with industry data that YOU provided in our survey recently. Insights from your peers illustrate how compliance pros work in and influence across their organizations. The data also looks at metrics you’re using to show the effectiveness and value of your Compliance function.

If you can’t attend the event, we’ve got you covered: The session will be recorded and available from HCCA after the event. Plus, we will summarize the discussion and insights from the survey in early April. If you are at the event, be sure to visit Jerry and the team at booth #317 in the exhibit hall and come see the panel discussion.

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Health Care Compliance Institute panel - Shawn DeGroot, Ken Zeko and Chuck Mazur discuss how healthcare Compliance functions support the overall wellbeing of their organizations.

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