Hospitals are reeling from potential losses in funding related to state budget cut-backs
and potential cuts in Medicare programs. Every area of the hospital budget are being scrutinized, looking for areas to cut and reduce costs.
Instead of waiting for a memo about cuts that affect YOUR department, be a
pro-active manager and right-size your security department and show management
the changes you want to make.
It is possible to have an efficient, accountable security department without having costs run out of control. It has to be based on real dollars, on real risks and it has to have the ability to show management WHY you need each element in your program.
The already-required risk assessment is the first start in this process. When regulators come in to a hospital, they want to see the risk assessment first, and then they look to see if you followed the remediation plan identified in the risk assessment, which means they want to see you made the right improvements, based on the plan.
By including program elements in the risk assessment, and mapping it back to your actual budget, you can easily say that the Return On Investment is for each part of your program.