American Owned – Healthcare Offshore BPO Companies Offer Benefits to U.S. Economy

by Phil C. Solomon on June 6, 2014

in BPO,Business processing outsourcing,Non-Profit Hospitals,Revenue Cycle Outsourcing

 – Delivery of services, such as medical coding can keep up with healthcare’s growing demand, even though there aren’t enough qualified U.S. employees to fill those highly skilled jobs

– Providers benefit by reducing operating costs so existing services can be delivered at the same level without resorting to employee layoffs

– U.S. citizens benefit by receiving better care because providers can leverage operating costs savings and invest in advanced technologies and the best and brightest care providers

Not everyone is in favor of outsourcing work overseas, however the atmosphere is changing. Offshore BPO outsourcing soon will becoming less of a lightning rod than it has been reported Manufacturing and Technology News.  U.S. federal agencies involved in economic data are on the verge of a major and transformative change in the way they classify companies that have outsourced their U.S. production to foreign manufacturing and service contractors.

The change could radically increase U.S. production statistics by classifying “factoryless goods producers” as domestic manufacturers. Companies like Apple will no longer be considered “wholesale traders,” and their sales would be counted as U.S. production, even though none of their manufacturing is in the United States.

The changes now being finalized by the U.S. government would be implemented in the 2017 North America Industry Classification System when factory-less goods and services producers will be classified as U.S. producers. The new classification system of manufacturers would introduce “significant discontinuity” to a wide range of statistics gathered by the government, say those involved. This same change in classification will affect those American companies who own and run offshore service centers.

The practice of outsourcing is as old as business itself. A 19th-century manufacturing company might have had its own machines but not its own fleet of horse-drawn drays to distribute its wares. Today, many U.S. citizens, American companies and State run organizations still assail work performed by offshore manufacturers and service delivery companies. That sentiment hasn’t slowed the growth, acceptance and economic boon offshore outsourcing has experienced.

Those who question the strategy of global outsourcing should consider how their lives would be different without it. It is commonplace to buy goods and receive services from around the globe. For example, consumers don’t give it a second thought when they purchase a Canon Camera that is made in China, a Blackberry Cellphone that is made in Canada, Clinique Makeup made in Belgium and even produce imported from Chile. How many people would own iPhone’s today if they cost $2,500? If they were manufactured exclusively in the U.S., they likely would cost that much or more.

The State of New Jersey has taken a different approach to addressing the growing trend of offshore outsourcing of services. Due to its 2005 State law that prohibits foreign outsourcing of State services contracts, New Jersey residents won’t experience any of the benefits offshore service providers can offer. New Jersey’s decision to outlaw outsourcing of State services has created quite the conundrum. When President Obama attends a State run event wearing one of his expensive Ermenegildo Zegna suits, made from fabrics in Italy and constructed in Switzerland, is he acting un-American by attending a State run event wearing goods that were made offshore?

Is it un-American to support U.S. based companies who deliver services from offshore locations?  Should State run or non-profit healthcare providers shun offshore BPO outsourcers? It isn’t an easy decision to make for some providers. When deciding to offshore or not offshore BPO work, decision makers should consider how the global economy has changed their own purchases and their quality of life.

Many of the products and services purchased from the neighborhood Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Target, or grocery store comes from across the globe. Its becoming more difficult to find products and services exclusively made or delivered in the U.S.A. Many manufacturers such as BMW are leveraging a blended-shore approach by manufacturing their parts in Germany and assembling their cars in South Carolina. Many industries have embraced a global business strategy. Perhaps it’s time for healthcare providers to consider expanding the use of offshore outsourcers.

Note: I’m a patriot and I feel fortunate to be a citizen of the greatest country in the world. I am pro-American and I want to see our economy flourish. That said, our country is competing on a global stage where business competition is the major driver for operational strategy adjustments and change. American businesses need to be more nimble than ever. Healthcare providers need to do the same. In order to maintain their mission, medical providers must deliver the margin to stay in business. If offshore outsourcing helps providers stay competitive and thrive, then the strategy should be carefully considered. PCS

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Phil C. Solomon is a healthcare finance and revenue cycle BPO strategist with experience spanning three decades. He is a sales, business development and marketing professional who provides business solutions for hospitals, health systems, large physician groups and channel partners. Phil has deep domain knowledge and expertise in revenue cycle optimization, clinical documentation improvement, healthcare technology integration and BPO outsourcing He is the publisher of Revenue Cycle News, a healthcare revenue cycle blog and is a featured speaker at many HFMANAHAM and AAHAM healthcare educational conferences.

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