March 29th, 2012
By: John Rossheim, Senior Contributing Writer
Our weekly update of healthcare news:
- Will part-time MDs be the norm? Physician groups are calling on their healthcare recruiters to address a rapidly mounting challenge: doctors who want -- and often demand -- to work part-time, says a survey reported last month in American Medical News.
From 2005 to 2011, part-timeMDs w soared from 7 percent to 22 percent of men, and from 29 percent to 44 percent of women. The trend begets the question: Who will administer to patients?
Nurse practitioners, says Dr. Penny Kaye Jensen, President of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Assistant Professor (Clinical), University of Utah, College of Nursing.
The trend prompts another question: What hiring strategy is used in your surgery center or other independent medical practice to retain health care specialists?
In Becker’s Hospital Review, the administrator of the Lawrence (Kansas) Surgery Center offers a timeline of 10 key steps to bringing on clinicians who will thrive in your practice and be less tempted to move on in a year or three.
Many healthcare providers have found that flexible scheduling is essential to employee retention.