The Secret to Physician Engagement? It's Not Better Pay

Lena J. Weiner, for HealthLeaders Media , March 7, 2014

It takes more than money for hospitals and health systems to motivate and retain employed physicians, says a senior executive at Catholic Health Initiatives.

More doctors are leaving private practice for positions in hospitals and health systems—and they report the new model of doing business looks promising. The benefits of being of an employed physician are anticipated to include "improved communication, greater transparency, better physician job satisfaction and a more patient-centered focus," says a survey by the American College of Physician Executives.

"It's the reality, and healthcare needs to accept this reality," said Peter B. Angood, MD, CEO of the ACPE. "Everything is moving in the direction where physicians want to be employees…I'm not a zealot of it, but it's a phenomenon that's happening, and we need to embrace it."

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A 20-question survey sent to 10,000 members of the ACPE was completed by 617 respondents. Of those, 59 percent said that at least 50 percent of the physicians in their healthcare organization were directly employed—and 18 percent of the respondents said all physicians in their organization were directly employed.

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2 comments on "The Secret to Physician Engagement? It's Not Better Pay"

Gus Geraci, MD (3/12/2014 at 5:04 PM)
High pay will get you warm bodies who happen to be physicians. Physician engagement requires a culture and governance that promotes and truly engages physicians in decision-making. Showing respect for their input, creating ways and means on soliciting that input and reimbursing all staff for better work, not high volume are the secrets to success.

Michael Jones (3/7/2014 at 11:49 AM)
Great article. Speaking as an ex-physician recruiter, the points about what physicians expect to find in employed practice, and what keeps them happy outside of $ are exactly what we heard from job seeking physicians.




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