“Hospitals are having trouble competing with the big salaries that consulting firms are offering experienced IT workers. Two-thirds of healthcare employers say they’re finding it difficult to attract IT talent, according to a report, Thursday, from professional services firm Towers Watson & Co. Some hospitals are also starting to feel the financial impact of automatic spending cuts called the sequester that took effect April 1. Those cuts reduce reimbursements for medical care through federal programs such as Medicare.
“It’s putting pressure on healthcare organizations not to spend a dime more than they need to,” said Heidi Toppel, senior consultant in the talent and rewards practice at Towers Watson. Yet, Toppel urges hospitals to take these positions out of the regular salary structure and segment them into their own salary structure, so they can offer bigger salaries in order to attract talent.” READ MORE: