Report: Specialists in Demand Amidst Decrease in Calls for Primary Care

Healthcare facilities are looking for more specialists and fewer primary care physicians, according to an annual report from Merritt Hawkins tracking physicians starting salaries and other recruiting patterns. An aging population reveals shortages of both specialist and primary care physicians in years ahead. The report arrives as numerous data points suggest the importance of primary care physicians in reducing overall healthcare costs and avoiding unnecessary and often costly treatment performed by specialists. The 2019 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives analyzed results from a survey of 3,131 physician and advanced practitioners conducted over the last year. Merritt Hawkins is a… Full Story

Fighting Physician Shortage Through the Workspace

The physician shortage is likely to get worse before it gets better, but there are best practices facilities can do to recruit and retain top talent, according to Kurt Mosley, VP of Strategic Alliances at Merritt Hawkins, who spoke at the North Texas Hospital, Outpatient Facilities, and Medical Office Buildings Summit. Over half of all doctors today are older 56, according to the American Medical Association. In Texas, more than 27 percent of physicians are over 60, while over a third of doctors in New Mexico are 60 or older. Meanwhile, the population is growing, and will have added 50 million… Full Story

Study: Physicians Have Too Many Job Offers and Don’t Want Their Own Practice

The only trouble physicians have finding a job is choosing between numerous options, according to a new survey from Dallas-based physician search firm Merritt Hawkins. Two-thirds of physicians finishing their residencies said they received 51 or more job offers, while 45 percent received more than 100 possibilities. Most said they were contacted too many times by recruiters, while just seven percent said they were not contacted enough. “Physicians coming out of training are being recruited like blue chip athletes,” said Travis Singleton, executive vice president of Merritt Hawkins via release.  “There are simply not enough new doctors to go around.”… Full Story

Physicians Generate Almost $2.4 Million for Their Hospitals, Up 52 percent Since 2016

A survey from Dallas-based Merritt Hawkins shows that physicians generate $2,378,727 each year in revenue for their affiliated hospitals. The data helps explain the rapid purchasing of physician groups by hospital systems over the last several years. Merritt Hawkins, a physician search firm, asked hospital chief financial officers to calculate the financial impact of 18 different specialities over the last year. The revenue includes inpatient and outpatient services that result from hospital admissions, tests, treatments, prescriptions and procedures. These hospital referrals are big business for health systems, leading some systems to move into illegal behavior, as in the Forest Park… Full Story

Survey: Texas Physicians Are Among The Most Likely To Be In Private Practice

Adding another statistic here from the Merritt Hawkins study we tipped to earlier this month. The company worked with The Physicians Foundation to survey 8,774 physicians about their practice and morale. Texas has the 7th-highest rate of private practice physicians in the country, at 40.1 percent. The national average is 29 percent. Here are the top 10 states for private practice physicians: Nevada (47.8 %) Georgia (47.1%) Louisiana (45.5%) Connecticut (43.4%) Hawaii (41.9%) Mississippi (41.4%) Texas (40.1%) Tennessee (39.9%) New Jersey (38.4 %) South Dakota (36.8%) The state with the lowest percentage of physicians was North Dakota at 12.5 percent.

Survey: Physician Morale In Texas Is Among the Lowest In The U.S.

This week, Dallas-based Merritt Hawkins put out the results of the survey it conducted on behalf of The Physicians Foundation. The survey covers 8,774 physicians. One item that continues to stick out on these yearly reports: Physician morale here in Texas is exceptionally low. Just 36 percent of respondents in Texas said their professional morale is very or somewhat positive (the rest say it is very or somewhat negative). That ranks 45th in the U.S. Here are the lowest 10 states for morale: 50. Alaska (23%) 49. Wyoming (23.1%) 48. New Mexico (30.7%) 47. Hawaii (34.9%) 46. North Carolina (35.3%)… Full Story

Dallas Physician Recruiter Says It’s Getting More Requests For Specialists, Less For Primary Care

Dallas-based physician search firm Merritt Hawkins says medical groups and healthcare facilities are increasingly asking for help in recruiting specialists, while demand for primary care physicians, although it remains strong, has lowered. Abut 74 percent of the firm’s searches over the last year were for specialists, up from 67 percent three years ago, Merritt Hawkins said in a new study out Tuesday. Meanwhile, searches for primary care physicians—a group made up of family doctors, internists, and pediatricians—fell by 32 percent over the same period and by 19 percent during the last 12 months. Merritt Hawkins looked at the period of… Full Story

Survey from Dallas Firm Says Physicians Favor Work Requirements for Medicaid Beneficiaries

About 57 percent of physicians take a “very favorable” view of new federal work requirements for Medicaid benefits that call for able-bodied beneficiaries to be employed or engaged in job searches or job training, according to a survey from Dallas-based physician search firm Merritt Hawkins. Another 18 percent say they’re “somewhat favorable” of the new rules, meaning three in four physicians overall are for the requirements. The results come from a one-question national survey by Merritt Hawkins, which received 667 responses. About 10 states have proposed work requirements, and the requests have been approved in Indiana, Kentucky, and Arkansas. Kentucky’s… Full Story

Dallas-Based Recruitment Firm Says Psychiatrists Are Its Second-Most Sought-After Physicians

A decade ago, psychiatrist was ranked ninth among the search assignments received by Dallas-based Merritt Hawkins. Since then, the healthcare recruitment firm has heard more and more from employers who need them, and psychiatrist now ranks number two among the doctors its clients request (primary care physicians rank number one). In a report on access to mental health services, Merritt Hawkins found that Texas has 1,546 psychiatrists, representing about 5.5 percent of the psychiatrists in the U.S. Yet we account for 8.5 percent of the population. In other words, Texas’ situation appears particularly bad. And if you drill down further,… Full Story

Yep, Dallas’ Medicare Acceptance Rate Really Is Low Compared to Other Markets

Thanks to the alert D CEO Healthcare readers at Dallas-based Merritt Hawkins, we have some additional context to our post yesterday looking at the number of physicians who’ve opted out of Medicare here in Dallas. Slicing into CMS data, we saw that Texas docs have submitted 169 opt-out affidavits, bested in the state of Texas only by Houston. Merritt Hawkins helps us put those two cities within a national context. Among the 15 major markets they surveyed last year, Houston and Dallas are dead last and second-to-dead last, respectively. As you’ll see in the chart, Dallas’ Medicare acceptance rate sits… Full Story