Lois, you are making us have to THINK! Dont you know that can hurt my little brain??
Well, some would say I am cutting off my own foot, but I would cut out the Liaison's in the hospital's. Yes, they bring in referrals, but in my short expereince as a weekend supervisor, we had no trouble getting referrals from discharge planners depserate to leave on time on Friday afternoon. It seems to me that the hospitals like the Liaison's b/c they write up the referrals! Just have them call in referrals to the intake dept. Of course NRS Karen would have them so well-educated, referrals would be no less than perfect when done this way
Well, what would I do with the extra hour? The most obvious choice is give each nurse an extra visit, but I have a feeling that would go over like a lead balloon. So, I would make them all participate in QA activities, and maybe cut hours in the QA dept.
By being closed on weekends and holidays, we would save alot of money already by not having to pay on-call and differential pay. Though I have to admit, if we did hospice, we'd have to have call for that arena only, it is a must.
I honestly don't know that much about business to answer this question intelligently. BUT, I will say Lois, that I picked up a neat book on how to start up your own small business, and they said to cut out one bit of overhead would equal profits rather than increasing your product. So, it seems you know what you're talking about!!! When everyone has answered, I want you to tell us what you would do, OK?