States Are Facing Rising Expenses Result Of Ongoing Nurse Shortage

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Florida is one of a number of states seeing rising prices for short-term contract nurses even as the COVID-19 epidemic causes long-term employees to burn out and labor shortages to deteriorate even more.

Despite the fact that staffing firms for travel nurses are increasing their rates to hospitals by as much as thrice, the Florida Hospital Organization is monitoring complaints of predatory pricing in other states.

States Are Facing Rising Expenses Result Of Ongoing Nurse Shortage

The California Hospital Association, on behalf of the state’s 400 hospitals, requested that the state Justice dept launch an investigation last month.

“We need your urgent assistance to guarantee that high-quality, affordable care is accessible to everyone who will require it in the next weeks and months,” the organization writes in a letter to members dated September 15, 2015.

States Are Facing Rising Expenses Result Of Ongoing Nurse Shortage

According to Mary Mayhew, president, and chief executive of the Florida Hospital Association, the organization does not know if price gouging is taking place or whether a statewide inquiry is necessary, but “we are carefully monitoring what is going on now in California and other states.” “Across the country, we hear stories of pricing that are two to three times more than they were before,” Mayhew said via email.

According to Mary Mayhew, president, and chief executive officer of the Florida Hospital Association, the organization does not know if price gouging is taking place or whether a statewide inquiry is necessary, but “we are carefully monitoring what is going on now. In California and other states.” “From across the state, we heard stories of pricing that are 2 or 3 times more than they were before,” Mayhew said via email.

According to a complaint filed in March by Steward Health, Aya Healthcare Inc., which touts itself as the nation’s most prominent travel nursing agency, reportedly charged $160 or more per hour for temporary nurses. The Texas-based hospital system manages 34 hospitals throughout the United States, with eight of those facilities located in Florida.

According to the March 8 lawsuit filed in Massachusetts Superior Court, the standard hourly fee was $75 before the epidemic. As per the California Hospital Association, hospitals in the state have no option but to pay the current prices because they worry that a “public airing of concerns” would result in a reluctance on the part of specific organizations to collaborate with them if they do not do so.

Based on data from Vivian Health, which connects healthcare professionals with jobs but is not a staffing agency, Florida recently passed California as the city with the highest amount of travel nurses applying for positions. Florida was followed by Arizona, Minnesota, and Georgia in terms of the number of travel nurses trying to apply for positions.

Nurses are leaving the field as a result of stress, burnout, and increasing workloads, which has exacerbated the national nursing shortage that existed prior to COVID-19. New cases are being reported throughout the United States and the rest of the globe.

According to the company, a month ago, it was reporting and over 1.1 million instances each week. Since August 6, when the highly contagious delta variant spread throughout the nation, the number of cases has surpassed 100,000 cases per day.