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Health Governance Report, September 2011

There's a fine line between justified overtime brought about by operational demands and overtime in which employees work the clock to their advantage. With labor costs gobbling up ­between 40% and 60% of a hospital's budget, ­defining that line and catching those overtime missteps is increasingly important. ­Moreover, ­taking a strategic approach to scheduling ­employees can further slim costs without the need for layoffs.