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ASPR Weekly

October 1, 2013

Press Release: Benchmark Report Highlights Trends in Physician Recruitment

Annual Conference Call for Proposals – Opens Late October

Unethical Behavior of Vendors – What You Can Do

October Webinar – Understanding Physician Credentialing, Compliance and Screening

Press Release: Benchmark Report Highlights Trends in Physician Recruitment

St. Paul, MN — A physician recruitment benchmarking report recently released by the Association for Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR), highlights continued strong demand for primary care providers and difficulty in recruiting certain physician specialties.

“The ASPR 2013 In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Report provides national trends for the physician recruitment industry”, says Jennifer Metivier, executive director of ASPR. “It includes metrics on nearly 5,000 physician and advanced practice provider searches conducted in 2012 by in-house physician recruitment professions employed by healthcare organizations across the country.”

This year’s Report indicates that primary care providers continue to be in high demand.  Nearly 70% of responding organizations searched for a Family Medicine provider in 2012.  Other top searches for physicians included Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, and Emergency Medicine, all amongst the primary care ranks.  Advanced practice providers were also highly sought after with this group making up more than 17% of all searches.  Approximately 38% of Nurse Practitioner searches and 43% of Physician Assistant searches were specifically for primary care. 

Nearly 33% of open positions remained unfilled at year’s end, leaving many communities without enough physicians to provide the healthcare they need.   There was a statistically significant difference in the percent of open positions in organizations located in populations of 10,000 or less (34.9%) versus those located in populations of more than 500,000 (29.5%).  Specialties that were least likely to be filled were Dermatology, Infectious Disease, OB/GYN subspecialties, Endocrinology/Metabolism, and Neurology.

Approximately 63% of the reported searches were for Hospital/Integrated Delivery Systems while only 13% were for physician owned practices emphasizing the shift in physician employment models in recent years. 

A review of physician turnover shows a steady increase over the past three years. The rate moved from 5.6% in 2010, to 6.3% in 2011, to 7.2% in 2012.  “This trend is not surprising”, says Metivier, “with the improvement in the economy and the housing market we’re seeing more physicians being able to relocate or retire resulting in increased turnover.”

The Report provides additional metrics on variables such as time to fill, interview to hire ratios, average number of searches per recruiter, recruiter compensation and departmental expense data which is stratified by organization type, population, geography, and other factors.  This data enables healthcare organizations to evaluate and improve upon their provider recruitment processes and success rates.

For more information or to purchase the ASPR 2013 In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Report, visit

Annual Conference Call for Proposals – Opens Late October

Keep your eyes open for the 2014 Annual Conference Call for Presentations. The Call for Proposals should be open on or around October 29th.  The Education Committee hopes to receive many proposals from our members, so please take a moment to think about what you could present to your colleagues to provide them with strategies, practical tips, and tools for improving processes and operations within the physician recruitment profession. 

Proposals must be submitted online via the ASPR website by Friday, December 6, 2013.  Please feel free to contact ASPR Executive Director, Jennifer Metivier, FASPR, with any questions at

Unethical Behavior of Vendors – What You Can Do

Have you encountered unethical behaviors with a vendor?  If the vendor does business with ASPR as an exhibitor, sponsor, advertiser, or Corporate Contributor, there may be something that we can do to address the situation.  ASPR now has an Ethics Committee that is tasked with addressing unethical behaviors of ASPR vendors based on the ASPR Vendor Ethics Policy.

The ASPR Vendor Ethics Policy sets expectations and standards for Vendor Partners doing business with ASPR. ASPR expects each of its Vendor Partners to operate and act in full compliance with this Ethics Policy and all applicable laws and regulations. 

The ASPR Ethics Committee has received and addressed two complaints since its inception, both regarding Vendor Partners’ staff representing themselves as physicians (or a dentist in one case) in provider databases. Both Vendor Partners received warnings and have assured ASPR that this type of behavior is considered unacceptable within their organizations and will not occur again. 

If a Vendor Partner is found to have consistently violated the policy or found to have made an egregious violation, they could lose their ability to conduct business with ASPR. That means they may no longer be able to exhibit at the Annual Conference, advertise, or participate in the Corporate Contributor program.

If you encounter unethical behavior of a Vendor Partner, ASPR encourages you to first attempt to resolve your concern directly with the vendor prior to submitting a complaint to the ASPR Ethics Committee.  If a satisfactory resolution is not obtained, a formal complaint may be filed with the ASPR Ethics Committee. ASPR Members, or anyone with information relevant to a possible violation of this policy, may file a complaint with the Ethics Committee by completing a Vendor Ethics Violation Form.

October Webinar – Understanding Physician Credentialing, Compliance and Screening

Register today for this FREE webinar held October 30 at 1:00 PM EST. Can’t make it? View it later On Demand!

Speaker: Raymond Jacobs, Chief Innovation Officer, Verisys Corporation

Sponsored by: PracticeMatch Logo

This webinar will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of credentialing, background screening and compliance as it relates to vetting a physician for employment or appointment. Details include best practices pertaining to: scope of services available, methods and techniques, how information should be sourced and how to evaluate and manage after due diligence has been completed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand Nomenclature   
  • Understand Credentialing: (scope of available services, techniques, sources, best practice, NCQA, URAC)    
  • Understand Standards as set by Joint Commission, HFAP, DNV   
  • Understand Non-Clinical Screening (criminal and civil)


Important Dates
Webinar: Understanding Physician Credentialing, Compliance and Screening
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Webinar: Diversity, Inclusion & You: Understanding Your Role in This Strategic Initiative
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