August 28, 2012
2012 Annual Conference Recap
The 2012 ASPR Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA was a great success! Approximately 380 attendees and more than 200 exhibitor representatives! Thank you to all who were able to attend and present!
The conference began with the ASPR Fellowship Program. The Physician Recruitment 101, 201, and 301 modules were offered on Saturday and Sunday. These modules and subsequent exams lead members to become certified as Fellows of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (FASPR). Many attendees took advantage of being in LA and attended two of the modules over the weekend.
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ASPR Physician Job Board – Post Your Jobs Today
Did you know that ASPR has a Physician Job Board with more than 8,000 physician jobs currently posted? The ASPR Physician Job Board receives an average of 200 visits per month! The job board is powered by PracticeLink. The jobs posted on the ASPR Physician Job Board are only those of ASPR members (it is a separate database from the main PracticeLink database).
As an ASPR Member, you may post your physician jobs for FREE on the ASPR Physician Job Board! If you’re already a client of PracticeLink, your jobs are automatically posted on the ASPR Physician Job Board by PracticeLink (contact your Sales Rep with questions). If you’re not a current PracticeLink client, you can have your jobs posted to the ASPR Physician Job Board by contacting Tammy Hager at email@example.com.
Question of the Week: Has Social Media Helped You Source Candidates?
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ASPR Antitrust Policy – What You Need to Know
ASPR has an Antitrust Policy (below) that all members should familiarize themselves with. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that our association and its members abide by federal antitrust laws. A recent article in the fall issue of JASPR covers the relevant issues as they relate to you and ASPR. Below are some excerpts from this article that are especially relevant to the discussion of physician compensation details on Chat. ASPR requests that our members not discuss provider compensation on the Chat listserv and recommends utilizing compensation surveys from trusted publishers as a source for reliable and legally defensible compensation data. Chat may be used to find out what surveys your colleagues recommend, but please do not share specific compensation data via Chat.
When two or more persons or companies who would be natural competitors in the market agree on a price, range of prices, discounts to offer, profit levels from items sold, or production levels, they are committing a per se antitrust violation. It is a per se violation regardless if it is the price they are agreeing to pay or the price they are agreeing to charge. Even agreeing on “boiler-plate” contractual items that affect the price indirectly can rise to the level of a violation. The prices/price cuts need not be identical to raise a suspicion of price-fixing.
The “rules” of a Listserve should prohibit messages about prices, pricing strategies, restrictions on advertising, maintaining the profitability of a profession or industry, terms or conditions of sale, minimizing discounts, gifts or promotions, salaries, profits, profit margins, cost data, market share, sales territories, customers or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.
Apparently innocent listserve discussions asking about what or how others charge for particular services, or comments about the pricing and business practices of others could be construed as a conversation intended to encourage a conspiracy (agreement) to fix prices, encourage a boycott or otherwise illegally restrict trade.
Please familiarize yourself and abide by the ASPR Anti-Trust Policy below.
ASPR Antitrust Policy
To ensure awareness with federal antitrust laws and minimize the possibility of antitrust problems for our Association, the following guidelines should be followed at all times that the Association gathers; including meetings of the Board of Directors and committees, meetings of the members of the Association, web-chats or other electronic forums, as well as all association-sponsored conventions, trade shows, training seminars, conferences, and task force and working group sessions.
- DO NOT discuss your prices or competitors’ prices with a competitor (except when buying from or selling to that competitor) or anything might affect prices such as costs, discounts, terms of sale, or profit margins.
- DO NOTagree with competitors to uniform terms of sale, warranties, or contract provisions.
- DO NOTagree with competitors to allocate, divide or otherwise distinguish customers or territories.
- DO NOTact jointly with one or more competitors to put another competitor at a disadvantage or adversely affect that competitor’s marketplace.
- DO NOTtry to prevent your supplier from selling to your competitor.
- DO NOTdiscuss your future pricing, marketing, or policy plans with competitors.
- DO NOTdiscuss your customers with your competitors.
- DO NOTmake statements about your future plans regarding pricing, expansion, or other policies with competitive overtones. Do not participate in discussions where other members make such statements.
- DO NOTpropose or agree to any standardization which will injure your competitor.
- DOalert association staff and legal counsel to anything improper.
- DOsend copies to an association staff member of any communications or documents sent, received, or developed by you when acting on behalf of the association.
- DOalert every employee in your company who deals with the association to these guidelines.
- DObe alert to antitrust issues. If you feel an activity might be improper, ask for guidance from association staff or legal counsel in advance.
JASPR Feature Article: You Are What You Tweet!
Part of a series on social media use for physician recruitment
By Miranda Grace, AASPR, Physician Recruiter, Lewistown Hospital, Lewistown, PA, and Gina Truhe, AASPR, New Provider Onboarding, Health Quest, LaGrangeville, NY
The Girl Scouts of America are forward thinkers. Not because of the confidence they instill or even the sales experience they provide, but their position on friendship… “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold…” While this position is a good life lesson for young scouts, it also shares a common theme with social networking: making friends! Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts of America, did not develop the first social platform online, but she most certainly inspired some people, and made some great cookies, too!
Making friends and networking is, and always has been, a part of business. In recruiting, it’s our bread and butter. However, now we have capabilities beyond anything that Juliette Gordon Low could ever have dreamed. Social media has provided us the means to share a message with its millions of users instantaneously. But what exactly is social media? What’s the difference between social media and social networking?
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