The following is a Q&A with a seminar attendee (CSM 2010, San Diego, CA) on the topic of productivity:
Q: On the financial production assumptions, my productivity is showing 236%. What does this mean?
A: Productivity is defined in this model as billed hours divided by total hours worked. If a PT bills out 4 hours in a day and worked 8, they would have a productivity of 50% for that day (4/8 = 50%). A clarification of this model is that productivity is not an “assumption,” it is a “metric.” In other words, productivity is calculated by the model (an output) and is not assumed prior to running the model (an input).
For a productivity of 236%, this means that your particular model is billing out 236% of the hours worked by your staff. This is not possible under a traditional 1:1 care model give current regulations surrounding 3rd party reimbursement. Again, the productivity is an output, so other inputs must be altered in order to achieve a productivity in an acceptable range (less than 100%). The most obvious input to adjust will be that of FTE’s, increasing to a number that places your productivity at appropriate levels. Remember though, that increasing FTE’s will also increase staff expenses, therefore decreasing profitability. And herein lies the iterative beauty of financial modeling!!