HealthLeaders Media HR - June 22, 2009 | Primary Care Salaries Exempt from
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Primary Care Salaries Exempt from Law of Supply and Demand
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Maybe it's the buzz about patient-centered care, medical homes, and the renewed emphasis on the gatekeeper function in coordinating healthcare. Or, maybe it's because there aren't that many of them. Whatever the reason, a new study by physician recruiters Merritt Hawkins & Associates affirms that primary care physicians are in greater demand than any other type of doctors. [Read More]
  June 22, 2009

Editor's Picks
Mainstream media picks up on primary care physician shortage
The healthcare press has been writing about the shortage of primary care physicians for years. Now that healthcare reform has become the topic in Washington, DC, expect to see more stories on this issue. The underlying fact is fairly straightforward. If 46 million people suddenly get healthcare coverage, there aren't enough primary care physicians to take care of them. [Read More]
Are MD Layoffs the Next Big Thing?
New Jersey state mental hospitals have laid off 16 doctors in order to fix budget gaps. Typically, hospitals do not have the authority to lay off medical staff members because most are not directly employed by the hospital. However, some practitioners, such as hospitalists and contracted physicians, are direct hospital employees. Does this mean MD layoffs can become a common occurrence at private hospitals as well? Only time will tell how common the occurrence becomes, but some private hospitals have already made medical staff cutbacks. [Read More]
ACGME says Mass. General junior surgeons overworked
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is threatening to put Mass General's surgery training program on probation after it cited the Boston hospital for overworking junior surgeons. The incident revives the old question about work loads for residents. Work them too much, and safety issues surface. Work them too little and they don't get the training they need. Don't expect the issue to be resolved any time soon. [Read More]
Editor's Note:
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a great Fourth of July holiday. HealthLeaders Media HR will take next week off, but will be back with a new issue on July 6.
Executives on the Move
CHICAGO: FL internist named AMA president-elect
Cecil B. Wilson, MD, an internist from Winter Park, FL, was named president-elect of the American Medical Association. Following a year-long term as president-elect, Wilson will assume the office of AMA president in June 2010. First elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2002, Wilson served a one-year term as board chair in 2006-2007. He had previously chaired the AMA's Membership Committee for three years. Prior to being elected to the AMA board, Wilson represented Florida in the AMA House of Delegates for 10 years. [Read More]

OKLAHOMA CITY: Hupfeld to transition to chair of INTEGRIS foundation
Luke Corbett, chair of the INTEGRIS Health Board of Directors, has announced that Stanley F. Hupfeld, president and CEO of INTEGRIS Health, will transition from his role as president and CEO of INTEGRIS Health to become chair of the INTEGRIS Family of Foundations, effective Jan. 1, 2010. The board has designated Bruce Lawrence, executive vice president and COO of INTEGRIS Health, to assume the role of CEO in January. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: NRH founder Eckenhoff to step down Oct. 1
National Rehabilitation Hospital founder, president, and CEO Ed Eckenhoff will step down effective Oct. 1. Current NRH COO John Rockwood has been named president, succeeding Eckenhoff. Rockwood has been with NRH since 1992. Eckenhoff founded NRH in 1986. In his new role as president emeritus for the hospital, Eckenhoff will serve as a consultant to both the board and the new president, chair the long-range planning effort, and continue to assist with fund raising efforts. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: Valuck named senior VP at NQF
The National Quality Forum has tapped Thomas B. Valuck, MD, as its new senior vice president of strategic partnerships. Valuck comes to NQF from CMS, where he was both medical officer and senior adviser in the Center for Medicare Management. [Read More]

MINNEAPOLIS: Paulus takes over at Allina Hospitals & Clinics
Allina Hospitals & Clinics' president Ken Paulus officially added the title and duties of CEO with the retirement of Richard Pettingill. Paulus has served as Allina's COO since joining the organization in 2005. He was named Allina president and CEO-designate last summer when Pettingill's retirement plans were announced. Paulus came to Allina from Massachusetts-based Health One Care System and the Harvard Vanguard Clinic, where he was president and CEO. [Read More]

TUCSON: TMC HealthCare names Rich president/CEO
Judith Rich, RN, has been appointed president and CEO of TMC HealthCare. Rich has served as executive vice president and hospital administrator since July 2007. Rich, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, began her career as a hospital staff nurse. From there, her positions progressed from a public health nurse to leadership positions at TMC. She served as COO from 2003-05 and returned to the hospital in 2007 as executive vice president and administrator. In addition, Rich has been named a member of the 2009 board of directors of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. [Read More]

DALLAS: Faro named COO at North American Spine
Stephen D. Faro joins North American Spine as the company's new COO. Faro has 15 years of healthcare experience, specializing in the development, growth, and operations of surgical facilities. Faro most recently served as COO of Nashville-based Neospine, a company that partners with neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons to develop and manage outpatient spine care and surgery centers. In 2001, Faro helped found Surgical Alliance Corp., a Nashville company that developed musculoskeletal specialty surgical hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. [Read More]
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