How practice leaders can address the neurology workforce shortage

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Editor’s note: This article was adapted from a Fellow paper submitted toward fulfillment of the requirements for Fellowship in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Learn more:
Physician practices and health systems across the nation are experiencing growing competition for neurologists and neurology trained advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants).

The U.S. government projects a 19% shortage in the neurology workforce by 2025. The model used to make this projection assumed — against evidence — that supply and demand were balanced in 2013. They were not.

The generally accepted standard of care for wait time to see a neurologist is two weeks. The 2012 national average neurologist reported patient wait time for first appointment was 35 days. In 2016, the average wait time to see a Parkinson’s disease specialist was more than two months, with one-third of centers reporting wait times greater than three months. Online research reveals countless individual reports of appointment wait times of many months for the most common neurologic conditions.

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Kim Blasingame FACMPE

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