Why AMN CEO Susan Salka said she no longer minds public policy projections from Washington

Business leaders are used to operating amid uncertainty. However, the election of Donald Trump as president and, subsequently, the fate of key U.S. policies at home and abroad; the rapid pace of technological development; mass immigration; and other factors suggest 2017 will pose more complex challenges for leaders than previous years. 

In the world of healthcare, executives are waiting to learn the fate of the ACA. Until then, CEOs must determine how much they trust predictions on the health law and other public policy decisions.

Susan Salka, CEO of medical staffing and recruiting firm AMN Healthcare Services, said she no longer pays attention to these predictions coming from Washington, D.C., according to The Wall Street Journal, because whether or not President-elect Trump repeals the ACA, demand for healthcare services will continue.

And despite turbulence in the industry, Ms. Salka said she and her fellow executives have increased the pace at which they make strategic decisions. For example, in the past 18 months, AMN expanded into the executive search arena and acquired three executive search companies.

"This has quickly become an important service for us….We are making more swift decisions and being comfortable with the fact that we may not get everything exactly right," said Ms. Salka, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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