Physician staffing becomes more difficult as turnover rates rise

Physician staffing becomes more difficult as turnover rates riseJune 4, 2014 by Vickie Anenberg

Due to the economic recovery, an increased demand for physicians, and more physicians working as employees of hospitals and healthcare systems; recently, there has been an increase in the rate of physician turnover. A 2013 study from the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) found that turnover rates were the highest since AMGA began collecting data in 2005; thus making physician staffing a challenge in many locations througout the United States.

Medical groups reported an average physician turnover rate of 6.8 percent, and AMGA says its survey tracks data regarding improvements in the housing market and a recovery of stock prices. These factors allow physicians who had been delaying retirement or relocation the opportunity to finally act.

Experts also suggest that physicians who work for healthcare organizations, rather than for themselves in a private practice, have more freedom to move from place to place and are more likely to do so. More than 75 percent of respondents said they planned to hire primary care physicians in the next 12 months.

If your organization has experienced a similar rate of turnover and requires assistance with physician staffing needs, the experts at Cross Country Staffing (CCS) are here to help. With more than 35 years of experience staffing in the healthcare industry, they have an unmatched record when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Having worked with more than 2,500 healthcare facilities across the U.S. and the Caribbean, 97 percent of those clients who respond to the performance evaluations conducted at the end of every assignment, say they would rehire the professionals CCS provides.

To learn more about how CCS can help with your physician staffing needs, please contact us.