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Fewer HIPAA Headaches | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

April 2002. The impending deadline now shaping the future of privacy and security of patient information in the healthcare industry finds some organizations facing formidable challenges, for they must soon comply with the initial guidelines and standards set forth in the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The new security rules are not yet final, but healthcare organizations are turning quickly to service providers for solutions to protect the confidentiality of patient data.

Outsourcing Payroll Check Printing Pays Off

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Employees get a sinking feeling when they look at their paychecks and they’re wrong! If they believe the payroll department didn’t calculate their overtime properly or deducted too much for their health insurance, the first thing they do is reach for the telephone. Then, the payroll staff has to drop everything and reconstruct what happened to determine if they were paid the proper amount.

We’ve Only Just Begun | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Jane Drasites, Director, Benefits Delivery for BP Amoco, swears that the first year in an outsourcing relationship is just like a marriage. Some marriages don’t work very well. When Amoco (prior to its merger with BP) signed an agreement in 1993 for Hewitt Associates to handle its HR functions, it was positive it had found the right mate. Unfortunately, they didn’t go for some counseling before they tied the knot, and the honeymoon didn’t last long.

Delivering the Difference | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

If you’re a patient in the emergency room, you definitely want that hospital or trauma center to have all the necessary supplies on hand — from IVs and blood plasma to bandages and syringes. But the hospital can’t keep everything on hand; it’s in the patient care business, not inventory warehousing. So the doctors and nurses rely on medical distributors to be sure they have what’s needed — or can deliver it in a couple of hours for an emergency. Many of them depend on Owens & Minor, Inc. (O&M) and, in outsourcing their supplies process to O&M, they enjoy the added advantage of reduced costs.

Putting Humpty Dumpty Together | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

In any vendor relationship, you can let the vendor manage you and direct you, but I’m not sure that you will get full satisfaction and have your full expectationss met. Companies have to understand what they are expecting and actually make decisions based on that, advises Vickie Pettee, Manager, Global Compensation and Benefits for Nokia.

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