“Due in large part to declining reimbursement when it comes to dispensing prescriptions. So, that’s led to increased financial pressure on pharmacies,” shared Casey Ficek with the Iowa Hospitals Association.Financial woes on pharmacies is just one of a few reasons the industry is experiencing a worker shortage.The Iowa Pharmacist Association represents 2,500 pharmacies across the state.And they say during the pandemic, the amount of money coming back into pharmacies from insurance companies has reduced.”It’s leading to the less convenient and available access for patients,” he said.Efforts are now underway to hire more workers to replace those who have left.Walgreens has promised sign-on bonuses to new staff hired this month and they’ve increased their starting hourly wage to become more appealing to employees.Hospitals are also considering ways to regain workers as they experience longer than normal wait times at the ER. “There is increased wait times in the ER to be seen,” Jennifer Nutt with the Iowa Hospital Association said. “That wait time is increased due to workforce shortages. In the ER they have less nurses.”Much like the pharmacies, giving out more money is the plan of attack for hospitals to get more hires.Where it’ll come from is hard to say, but the Iowa Hospital Association believes it’s one way to improve the situation many health care systems are in.”We are looking at different funding streams to hospitals get additional dollars to help pay for incentive bonuses, pay bonuses and to help pay for the cost of traveling nurses,” Nutt said.

“Due in large part to declining reimbursement when it comes to dispensing prescriptions. So, that’s led to increased financial pressure on pharmacies,” shared Casey Ficek with the Iowa Hospitals Association.

Financial woes on pharmacies is just one of a few reasons the industry is experiencing a worker shortage.

The Iowa Pharmacist Association represents 2,500 pharmacies across the state.

And they say during the pandemic, the amount of money coming back into pharmacies from insurance companies has reduced.

“It’s leading to the less convenient and available access for patients,” he said.

Efforts are now underway to hire more workers to replace those who have left.

Walgreens has promised sign-on bonuses to new staff hired this month and they’ve increased their starting hourly wage to become more appealing to employees.

Hospitals are also considering ways to regain workers as they experience longer than normal wait times at the ER.

“There is increased wait times in the ER to be seen,” Jennifer Nutt with the Iowa Hospital Association said. “That wait time is increased due to workforce shortages. In the ER they have less nurses.”

Much like the pharmacies, giving out more money is the plan of attack for hospitals to get more hires.

Where it’ll come from is hard to say, but the Iowa Hospital Association believes it’s one way to improve the situation many health care systems are in.

“We are looking at different funding streams to hospitals get additional dollars to help pay for incentive bonuses, pay bonuses and to help pay for the cost of traveling nurses,” Nutt said.

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