With a physician shortage upon us, benchmarking data provides valuable insight into physician recruitment trends.
St. Paul, MN, November 7, 2011 – The Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) announced the release of its 2011 In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Report. The 2011 Benchmarking Report includes a compilation and analysis of the active physician and advanced practice provider searches conducted in 2010 by in-house physician recruiters employed by hospitals and other healthcare organizations across the United States.
“The Benchmarking Report provides national trends for the physician recruitment industry,” says Jennifer Metivier, executive director of ASPR. “Benchmarks are critical for our industry as we constantly strive for improved processes and results to meet the healthcare needs within our communities.”
Compared to the previous year’s report, there was a 22 percent increase in the overall number of positions that remained unfilled at year’s end. Over one-third of open positions remained unfilled, which indicates that the physician shortage is no longer impending, it is here. Sixty-three percent of all searches reported were new positions (not replacements) demonstrating the increasing demand for healthcare providers. The increased demand coupled with the inability to fill the open positions leaves many communities without enough physicians to provide the healthcare they need.
According to the report, primary care physicians were the most frequently recruited positions in 2010. The report also indicates physician assistants and nurse practitioners were also in high demand, more so than many physician specialties including pediatrics and emergency medicine. This reliance on advanced practice providers is expected to increase in the future in order to fill the gaps due to the difficulty in recruiting physicians.
With the passage of healthcare reform legislation and the physician shortage upon us, physician recruitment has become increasingly competitive and organizations are finding it more difficult to fill their open provider positions. ASPR believes this report will help healthcare organizations estimate how long it may take to fill certain positions, calculate costs to fill a vacancy, and make strategic recruitment decisions to deal with the physician shortage.
For more information regarding the ASPR 2011 In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Report, visit www.aspr.org.