Monday, July 23, 2012

Physician Recruitment: Hospital vs. Private Practices

Recently there has been a lot of media attention on the continuing trend of hospital employment and also the decrease in the private practice.  In an article published today from American Medical News it is suggested that hospitals are much more aggressive in recruiting physicians than their private practice counterparts, attributing increasing growth to more progressive recruiting.

Hospitals also more frequently utilize agencies to help fill their physician openings, helping present more hospital employed positions to active candidates through physician staffing agencies.

There will always be a place for the private practice physician in every physician employment model environment, however to remain competitive and profitable and access the best physician candidates each type of employment model needs to be willing to mold to economic trends.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Contract Language: Negotiating Part-Time Employment for Physicians

There has been an increasing trend in part-time employment opportunities for physicians, both male and female physicians.  In order to balance a quality of life with dedicated time for both family and a medical practice, many physicians are seeking part-time opportunities.

According to a recent survey by the American Medical Group Management Association and Cejka Search, 21% percent of U.S. physicians are working part time, compared with 13% in 2005.

It's important for physicians to approach the contract negotiation process of part-time employment opportunities just as a full-time employment situation.  The same issues need to be determined and can also be negotiated during the signing process and before the physician commits to any agreement.  Employment status, compensation, benefits, and insurance all need to be in clear, written format, as well as the work expectations of the physician and other clinical issues such as call and restrictive covenants.

American Medical News has published an article outlining other issues to ensure a part-time employment contract is mutually beneficial to both parties.  Read the full article by clicking here:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Physician Employment Models

Hospital employment is prevalent as the current most popular physician employment model, however there are still other models to consider.  The trend is cyclical as well, during any climate it's important for physicians to be aware of the strengths and weaknesses associated with all employment models before signing an employment agreement.

This article recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine elaborates on different types of employment models offered as well as an assessment of the risks and benefits associated with each respecitve model.

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