4 Reasons You Need an Automated Scheduling Application

Managing the schedule for a hospital department or specialty practice can be an extremely stressful, demanding and time consuming job. The unfortunate reality is that most organizations don’t recognize the difficulty of the task. Hopefully, these reasons will shed some light on why your organization can benefit from an automated scheduling application.

Reduce Scheduling Timelines by Weeks

An automated scheduler can take week’s long projects to create staff schedules and reduce it down to a single day. The manual changes, equity calculations, distribution, rule analysis and everything else that goes into a schedule can all be done automatically by the software, allowing for the scheduler to focus on other important tasks within the department or practice.

Keep Accurate Time-Off Records

Keeping track of staff and provider time-off is important to ensuring that you department runs smoothly. An automated scheduling application will allow for 100% accurate tallies to be kept on how many days each person has taken off over any desired period of time. This helps with accounting, ACA compliance, personnel management and shift distribution. No longer do people have to keep track of emails or paper notes with time-off requests. The system will also serve as a permanent repository for requests so year-over-year comparisons can be made.

Comply with ACA Requirements

Another benefit of an automated scheduling application is that it can ensure compliance with Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements. To be fully compliant, employers need to do more than build the appropriate schedules, they also need to verify that their staff worked the assigned hours. For many reasons, staff can work longer than their intended shift which can put their hours beyond a PT designation, and put the organization at risk for noncompliance. A good automated scheduler should not only build optimal schedules, but should provide time clocking features that report on actual time worked. This can give managers peace of mind in case of an audit. More information about this topic can be seen in one of our previous articles: How Staff Scheduling Software can Ensure ACA Compliance.

Save Money

In today’s healthcare environment, departments and practices are operating on a tight budget. Every dollar counts, so it is important to make sure you are not wasting money. Automated scheduling applications are great tools for ensuring that your department is saving money. Scheduling applications save money on multiple levels. First, they reduce the cost to build each schedule by limiting the amount of time it takes to build. To figure out your current cost for each schedule take the hourly rate, or what would be the hourly rate of the schedule and multiply by the time it took to make the schedule. The number might shock you. Secondly, they help to reduce turnover so they can save money throughout the recruitment process. Finally, scheduling software can save money by ensuring that overtime scheduling is not done unless necessary.