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Wadih Pazos • April 23, 2013
In compliance with the Affordable Care Act, agencies with 50 or more full-time employees must offer minimum benefits. This has posed several challenges for providers, many of which affect human resource departments directly, including:
These tasks have proven to be time-consuming – and at times, painfully agonizing – processes for HR professionals, mainly because a lot of related documents are filed manually. Meanwhile, a survey from SHL indicated that most healthcare HR workers don’t believe their departments are ready to handle the inevitable influx of employee-related data.
“HR is still grappling with its ability to provide strategic data to the business on its workforce and is ill-equipped right now to take advantage of big data,” Ken Lahti, vice president of product development and innovation at SHL. “They do not yet have the systems and tools required to identify people intelligence, create metrics, and link HR data sources together.”
For HR departments, the right tools likely include paperless document management, which will enable them to streamline all of their complex processes into a single unified database. This has worked wonders for the HR team at Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS), a nonprofit health and human services organization in San Antonio, Texas.
“We don’t get the bulk of paperwork like we used to,” said Cynthia Price, a member of the accounts payable department at BCFS. “We don’t get hundreds of loose papers stapled, getting caught to the paper clips.”
According to a study from XpertHR and Emedia, more than three-quarters of healthcare HR workers anticipate increases in employer healthcare costs because of the Affordable Care Act, JD Supra Law News reported. For Price and BCFS – which has more than 700 employees in 14 branches worldwide – complying with these new requirements will not be easy.
But with the help of its recently implemented paperless system, handling AP processes has become a lot more manageable. Price said that from a personal standpoint, it’s saved her time by making it “easier to find exactly what I need.”