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September 11, 2014

Affordable Care Act poses challenge for hospital recruiters

More than 30 million additional Americans have access to health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act.

Anticipated doctor shortage

As health care reform and an aging population create a demand for doctors that far exceeds the supply, health care organizations are trying to stay on top of the anticipated physician shortage.

Physician openings take an average of 204 days to fill, according to the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters. And because physicians are the primary revenue drivers for healthcare organizations, each physician vacancy represents hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue. For this reason, hospitals and other medical groups often have in-house physician recruiting departments dedicated to anticipating provider needs and filling positions as quickly as possible.

Physician recruiters’ role in health care

"In-house physician recruiters play a critical role in health care. Without recruiters, organizations can’t get the providers they need, and without providers, patients can’t be seen," said Ken Allman, CEO of PracticeLink.com, the most widely used online physician job bank.

Healthcare recruiters from across the country will be gathering in Chapel Hill September 23, 2014 with PracticeLink to connect with the providers they need during a physician career workshop and job fair from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Job-seeking physicians and advanced practitioners in training or practice are invited to attend the PracticeLink Job Fair. The Job Fair also features a Career Advancement Workshop starting at 6:30.

Ken Allman and other PracticeLink staff are available for interviews upon request to speak about the physician shortage, the challenges facing physician recruiters and the healthcare industry as a whole.



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