Here’s what’s coming down the pipeline for senior care compliance in 2023
For anyone who’s spent years in the senior care industry, annual compliance training can seem repetitive. There are only so many ways to reiterate the finer points of HIPAA compliance and OSHA training.
But the healthcare landscape has changed dramatically in the last several years. This means content for required and elective compliance training needs to adjust accordingly. Compliance training in 2023 has to take into account the many ways patient care and caregivers have changed.
4 Changes for Compliance Training in 2023
Following are just a few of today’s major changes in the healthcare industry, including in skilled nursing and home healthcare. These changes affect every aspect of senior care, including compliance. Here’s how:
Increasing number of senior population needing care
There are more than 56 million adults ages 65 and older in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau. They make up 16.9% of the nation’s population. By 2030, there will be more than 73.1 million older adults as the last of the Baby Boomers age.
As the aging population continues to grow, the demand for quality senior caretakers increases. This requires a even greater need for fast, easy employee onboarding to build a robust staff that is prepared, compliant and knowledgeable.
Key takeaway: Remove any obstacles from getting your team into the field. Simplify employee onboarding and ensuring your employees have easy access to compliance training.
How showd.me helps: We’ve automated onboarding for our clients. Applicants and newly hired employees can simply point and click to complete forms and training.
Healthcare employee burnout and shortages
Even as the need for senior caregivers increases, there’s a shortage of staff. According to the
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services there’s a projected shortage of more than three million essential low-wage health workers in the next five years. There are many reasons for the current crisis of healthcare burnout and staffing shortages. Addressing them requires system-wide changes. For its part, compliance training that improves workplace culture and builds employee skills can help.
Key takeaway: Every effort to reduce healthcare employee burnout matters. Professional development courses can improve company culture and make your workplace one where everyone feels valued and supported.
How showd.me helps: We’ve added a series of courses to our catalog to focus on workplace culture. This includes anti harassment training, bystander training and DEI. We’ve also added courses to help nurture employees’ soft skills that can improve the workday, such as time management and employee safety.
Shift to hybrid and remote work
Healthcare continues to be one industry where most staff work in person. However, many employees on the corporate level in healthcare companies remain fully or partly remote. And the widespread adoption of telehealth as a pillar of patient-centered care means that even caregivers are sometimes working remotely now as well.
When your remote or hybrid team does come together in person, it should be to focus on collaborative work and culture building, not to spend six hours in a classroom for OSHA training. This means that compliance training needs to be remote and easy to use to ensure staff complete requisite training.
Key takeaway: Get higher completion rates by making sure your employees can easily access compliance training online.
How showd.me helps: Switching from in person to online training is fast and easy with our white glove services.
Increased use of digital tools for care and communication
With more teams adopting new technology at work every year, new issues arise, and compliance training must keep up. Training in 2023 needs to address topics like cyberbullying on Slack or email and maintaining patient privacy on technology.
Some of these changes in the way employees work today are already expected to be incorporated into mandatory compliance training in some states. For example, New York State is expected to release new anti-harassment training requirements this year to reflect online harassment that can happen in workplaces.
The more work is done remotely, the more opportunities for data breaches. Staff members need to know how to properly handle sensitive patient information, maintain confidentiality and ensure that all data is protected against unauthorized access.
Key takeaway: Be sure your compliance training reflects today’s digital landscape and how your team currently works.
How showd.me helps: We constantly update our existing courses and create new ones to address our clients’ new and evolving needs.
With a growing aging population in an industry ripe for change, it’s essential that senior care organizations have a knowledgeable and motivated staff. Senior care compliance training is a key step toward achieving this goal.
At showd.me, we offer “compliance-as-a-service” training solutions. Whether it’s skilled nursing, home health or manufacturing, we know that training is an integral part of your operations. We make this simple for you and your employees to access remote onboarding and orientation assistance, compliance training or individualized courses specific.
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