In-house physician recruiters focus on primary care physicians

Prevalence of Internet searches streamlines in-house physician recruitment

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 20, 2010 – Recruiters took 180 days to fill positions for internal medicine or family practice physicians according to the Medical Group Management Association’s new In-House Recruitment Benchmarking Survey: 2010 Report Based on 2008 Data. Also, most specialties reported a decline in the cost and number of resources associated with filling these positions, which MGMA survey professionals attribute to the economic downturn and an increase (30 percent according to this year’s report) in the use of Internet job boards as a primary recruitment method. MGMA collaborated with the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) to produce the survey for the second consecutive year.

"The 2010 report shows in-house professionals were able to control cost and be effective, realizing a slight increase in the overall percentage of positions filled," said Shelley Tudor, co-chair of the ASPR Benchmarking Committee. "However, ASPR professionals are careful to point out that while days to fill a position may be lower, the survey does not capture the number of positions that go unfilled each year.  Additionally, the days to fill a position in non-metropolitan areas (where the impact of the primary care shortage is greatest) are higher than those found in large population centers."

The MGMA survey focused on cost, duration, location and frequency of physician searches, as well as physician turnover as reported by internal or "in-house" physician recruiters.  MGMA also reported on career trends for these recruiting professionals. In 2008, physician recruitment directors posted a nearly 6 percent increase in compensation recruitment managers experienced close to 10 percent salary increases and those with a "physician recruiter" title reported a 1 percent salary increase.

Coupled with a nearly 10 percent reported increase in active searches, MGMA found that more than half of respondent organizations employed one or fewer in-house recruiters while 32 percent employed two to three of these recruiters.

In addition, this year’s survey shows searches per full-time equivalent (FTE) recruiter ranged from 5 to 15 per year depending on the size of the organization’s metropolitan area. Seven states comprised the most active search locales: Wisconsin (11.22 percent), Minnesota (8.69 percent), Washington (8.40 percent), Pennsylvania (7.73 percent), Michigan (6.34 percent), North Carolina (6.26 percent) and Arizona (5.13 percent).

This year’s report features new data for total number of searches per FTE recruiter, turnover rates for physicians, providers and nonphysician providers, and days to fill a position. 

Note: MGMA surveys depend on voluntary participation and may not be representative of the industry. Readers are urged to review the entire survey report when making conclusions regarding trends or other observations.

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About MGMA

MGMA is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. Since 1926, MGMA has delivered networking, professional education and resources and political advocacy for medical practice management. Today, MGMA's 21,500 members lead 13,700 organizations nationwide in which some 275,000 physicians provide more than 40 percent of the healthcare services delivered in the United States.

MGMA's mission is to continually improve the performance of medical group practice professionals and the organizations they represent. MGMA promotes the group practice model as the optimal framework for healthcare delivery, assisting group practices in providing efficient, safe, patient-focused and affordable care. MGMA is headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and maintains a government affairs office in Washington, D.C. Follow our Twitter list to find out which medical practices are using social media.

About ASPR

ASPR is a growing professional organization comprised of more than 1,100 in-house physician recruiting professionals employed by hospitals, clinics, physician practices and managed care organizations.  ASPR members recruit physicians and other healthcare providers to staff the hospitals, clinics, and managed care organizations where they are employed. Membership spans the United States and Canada. ASPR is the only organization of its kind run by in-house physician recruiting professionals and is the leading industry authority on physician recruitment and retention. 

Founded in 1990, as a networking and educational resource dedicated solely to in-house Physician Recruiters, today ASPR continues to be dedicated to the education and development of members providing value and expertise to their organizations and the healthcare industry through networking, a quarterly professional Journal (JASPR), various educational programs, ASPRs fellowship program, and the In-House Recruitment Benchmarking Survey.

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