News brief: Pre 9-11 survey reflects workforce concerns

An American Hospital Association survey of hospital administrators conducted largely before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks shows that labor and staffing issues were growing in importance on CEOs’ list of concerns. The poll of 247 administrators between July 1, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2001, found that 81% of respondents said labor/staffing was among their top three issues. This reflects an increase over the 72% figure noted during the first half of the year. Reduced reimbursement from government resources again ranked second in the survey, with 59% of the third quarter respondents compared with 61% of those queried between January and June. Third place once again was concerns over regulatory issues.