Doctor Vacancies Soar As Affordable Care Act Kicks In

Doctor and nurse vacancies are approaching nearly 20 percent at hospitals nationwide, as the centers prepare for the throng of newly-insured patients, according to a new survey. The survey, by healthcare staffing firm AMN Healthcare, shows that the vacancy rate for physicians at hospitals neared 18 percent in 2013, while the nurse vacancy rate is 17 percent. In 2009, the vacancy rate for doctors was 10.7 percent, while the rate for nurses was just 5.5 percent. “Cost is the healthcare work force issue of most concern to hospital executives, though they also find physician/hospital alignment, the move to quality-based provider compensation, high vacancy rates,… Full Story

Texas Leads the Way in Healthcare Job Postings

Texas had the most healthcare-related job postings for the third quarter of 2013, according to a new report. The remainder of the top 10 states, in descending order: California, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Total healthcare job postings on the HealtheCareers Network, a healthcare recruiting solution for providers and job-seekers, increased 4 percent from this year’s second quarter to the third quarter. The following areas saw increases in the number of jobs posted from the second to third quarter: 1. Dietetics/nutrition: 37 percent increase 2. Healthcare IT: 23 percent 3. Pharmacy: 13 percent 4. Allied health: 6… Full Story

Healthcare Job Growth Slows

The federal budget sequester and uncertainty about healthcare reform may be curtailing hiring in physician practices and hospitals, a recent survey conducted by outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found. The U.S. economy recorded the fewest number of announced job cuts in a month since 1997, but the healthcare care sector was not as fortunate as much of the rest of the economy, the firm said. Its survey indicated that the sector had announced 6,843 job cuts in July, the most job losses announced in a month since November 2009. “Cuts in Medicare reimbursements brought about by sequestration and healthcare… Full Story

Healthcare Job Additions Slowed Nationwide in July

The healthcare sector added 2,500 jobs nationwide in July, a pace that mirrored the sluggish overall job market, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday. The 2,500-person bump was a massive dip from the boost of 14,800 jobs in June. In July, hospitals reported a 4,400-job decline—a 0.09 percent dip—while physicians’ offices reported 700 fewer jobs, a 0.03 percent cut. On the bright side, outpatient care centers added 2,800 jobs in July, a 0.41 percent increase, while home healthcare added 3,900 jobs, a 0.3 percent rise. The BLS noted that the healthcare sector has added an average of 16,000 jobs a month… Full Story

DFW Adds 14,400 Healthcare and Education Jobs

Dallas-Fort Worth added 14,400 health services and education jobs in the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment in that sector grew 6.1 percent in Fort Worth-Arlington, compared with 2.1 percent in Dallas-Plano-Irving, from April 2012 to April 2013. DFW grew nearly 105,000 jobs during that time, raising overall metropolitan area employment to more than 3 million.

DFW Hiring Outlook Bullish

Eleven percent of Dallas-Fort Worth CFOs plan to add new professional-level positions—including healthcare—in the third quarter, according to the Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half. Thirteen percent of respondents said they will not be hiring, even to fill an open position, and 5 percent plan to reduce staff levels. Another 70 percent said they would hire for roles that open during the next three months. “As companies continue to relocate and add personnel in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, candidates with highly specialized skill sets remain in demand,” said Cecil Gregg, DFW district president for Robert Half in a… Full Story