Hiring in Health Care: Impact of Affordable Care Act on Hiring Decisions

Feb 24, 2015

Hiring in Health Care

Health care has seen many new changes in the past year, including the Affordable Care Act. With this, many new regulations were implemented in the health industry and for individuals. The major provision for the Affordable Care Act is most Americans must have health insurance or be charged a tax penalty. Uncompensated and charity care costs happen when someone cannot pay their bill and this forces the hospital to eat the loss.

Some hospitals have actually seen a rise in uncompensated care, which can lead to challenges when it comes to rural hospitals. But with this, employees can actually create additional costs for employers. To pay for those covered by federal subsidies, there is an individual annual tax placed on each individual. The employer then pays this tax. With multiple employees and covering their families, these costs can add up for the employer.

Overall, the Affordable Care Act hasn't had too much of an impact on health care hiring. It has just caused hospitals to look within and reevaluate their budgets to allocate enough for the annual health care taxes.

With these costs rising, it is imperative to retain the best employees. With the ZERORISK Hiring System, we can help with pre-employment screening and pre-employment assessments to ensure the individuals you are paying taxes on are worth it. Also, today's HR professionals should learn to look beyond resumes and criminal and background checks. To efficiently hire, ZERORISK HR can assist with training on structured behavioral interviewing and objective behavioral testing. If you believe your health organization could benefit from these things, feel free to reach out and contact us!

ZERORISK helps organizations build great cultures by identifying, developing, and retaining top talent. The ZERORISK Hiring System blends a revolutionary behavioral science with state-of-the-art technology to reduce unwanted turnover and improve employee performance. For more information contact us at (800) 827-5991.

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