STAT+: A different kind of ‘RAC’ subsidized hospitals’ labor during the pandemic

Usually, the RAC acronym elicits rage in hospital circles. But another kind — regional advisory councils — helped subsidize some hospitals during Covid.

Hospitals have bemoaned rising employee expenses throughout the pandemic, as they’ve paid workers more to prevent them from jumping to competitors, pursuing traveling gigs, or leaving the profession completely.

But some, like those in Texas, have been able to bring in traveling nurses and other temporary staff on the taxpayers’ dime.

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