Thanks at least in part to healthcare reform initiatives, physician groups are beginning to hire again, the 2010 Physician Retention Survey from the American Medical Group Association shows.
Eighty-three percent of the responding medical groups said that they will hire more or significantly more primary care physicians, specialist and advanced practitioners in 2011. Nearly as many said they will be hiring more or significantly more specialists (79%) and advanced practitioners (78%).
The number one hiring priority over the next 12 months is internal medicine followed by family medicine.
Medical groups are also increasing their physician count by acquiring independent practices. Almost 60% of the survey respondents said they were actively seeking practices to acquire or integrate into their medical group.
The online survey of AMGA member organizations drew a small response from 62 medical groups employing an estimated 18,000 physicians. Survey size means some of the findings aren't statistically significant but some general trends affecting physician retention and recruitment may be identified. The survey will be available on-line from AMGA on May 1.
Medical groups with 51-500 physicians accounted for 69% of the respondents. Physician-owned groups accounted for 39%; integrated delivery systems (27%), hospitals (19%) and academic/foundation ownership represented 15% of the responding groups.