MGMA and Jackson Physician Search Release Findings on Physician Burnout, Engagement and Retention

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and ATLANTA  (October 10, 2022) — New research from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and Jackson Physician Search, a leading firm in physician recruitment, confirms that physician burnout and turnover rates remain dangerously high due to the rising toll of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting staffing shortages.

The new report – Back from Burnout: Confronting the Post-Pandemic Physician Turnover Crisis – reflects data from hundreds of administrators and physicians across the country who took part in the 2022 Physician Burnout, Engagement and Retention Survey, commissioned by Jackson Physician Search in partnership with MGMA and conducted in August 2022. The survey sought these industry leaders’ unique views on physician issues following the pandemic and staffing crisis in healthcare, and to understand how medical groups can improve physician recruitment, engagement and retention efforts through identifying root causes of burnout and steps to mitigate it.

Key Findings

After qualitative interviews with administrators and physicians, the report — a follow-up to a 2021 whitepaper — revealed several key themes:

  • Nearly two-thirds of physicians (65%) report they are experiencing burnout in 2022, up four percentage points from the 2021 study.
  • Of those experiencing burnout, more than one in three physicians (35%) said their levels of burnout significantly increased in 2022.
  • Administrators acknowledge worsening levels of burnout in physicians, but physicians often don’t perceive enough is being done to mitigate that burnout or engage them.
  • Administrators vary their approaches to retention and engagement, often with informal efforts rather than structured, strategic programs.
  • Perhaps most telling is that 51% of physicians have considered leaving their current employer for another, up from 46% last year.

In addition to these newly released survey findings, recent MGMA polling found that four in 10 medical practices (40%) had a physician resign or retire early in the past year due to burnout.

“While burnout is certainly not new, it’s disheartening that one in three physicians is reporting a significant increase in their level of burnout in 2022,” said Tony Stajduhar, president of Jackson Physician Search. “Administrators and physicians recognize that solving the burnout crisis is complicated as many of its drivers are rooted in the business of healthcare. However, burnout mitigation should include creative recruitment and staffing strategies that bring additional talent into the organization to help defuse the impact of stress and administrative overload, and that allow for the pursuit of physician work-life balance.”

What’s Being Done to Confront Burnout and Turnover

The new Back from Burnout: Confronting the Post-Pandemic Physician Turnover Crisis report points to the fact that most medical groups are discussing burnout and turnover but have yet to implement specific strategies to address these mission-critical issues. In fact, MGMA polling during the pandemic found that nearly 9 in 10 healthcare leaders said they did not have a formal plan or strategy to reduce physician burnout. This new report confirms that with just 19% reporting having a formal, written retention plan.

With one in two physicians seriously considering leaving their current employer for a new one and 36% considering early retirement, healthcare leaders must take heed. The report details that mitigating burnout and rising rates of physician turnover may best be achieved through streamlining clinical workflows, managing workload equity amid ongoing staffing shortages, improving two-way communication between physicians and administrators, and increasing psychological safety in the workplace to encourage quality, honest feedback.

“Simply talking about burnout in healthcare will not stop physicians from leaving the profession in the coming years,” said Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, FAAP, FACMPE, president and chief executive officer at MGMA. “Instead, we need to focus on empathy and organizational efforts to revive these professional relationships that make high-quality care delivery a sustainable reality for everyone involved.”

As medical groups continue to feel the strain of rising costs amid sustained inflation and an uncertain economic future, and as care needs intensify, the efforts to recruit and retain top physician talent will remain of the utmost importance to the bottom line of healthcare businesses.

To download the new report, visit here.

About Jackson Physician Search

Jackson Physician Search is an established industry leader in physician recruitment and pioneered the recruitment methodologies standard in the industry today. The firm specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and medical groups across the United States. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., the company is recognized for its track record of results built on client trust and transparency of processes and fees. Jackson Physician Search is part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies. For more information, visit www.jacksonphysiciansearch.com.

About MGMA

Founded in 1926, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is the nation’s largest association focused on the business of medical practice management. MGMA consists of 15,000 group medical practices ranging from small private medical practices to large national health systems representing more than 350,000 physicians. MGMA helps nearly 60,000 medical practice leaders and the healthcare community solve the business challenges of running practices so that they can focus on providing outstanding patient care. Specifically, MGMA helps its members innovate and improve profitability and financial sustainability, and it provides the gold standard on industry benchmarks such as physician compensation. The association also advocates extensively on its members’ behalf on national regulatory and policy issues. To learn more, go to mgma.com.

For More Information, Contact:

Kristen Myers

Associate Vice President, Marketing

kmyers@jacksonphysiciansearch.com

Jackson Physician Search Ranked Among Top Three Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare

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ATLANTA (October 6, 2022) Jackson Physician Search today announced that it has been ranked among the top three healthcare suppliers in Modern Healthcare’s 2022 Best Places to Work Awards program. This distinction marks the second year in a row that the company has secured the number three position on the list and its seventh consecutive year on the list overall.

Modern Healthcare partnered with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey. While this program has evolved over the years, its mission remains the same: recognizing workplaces that empower employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services.

“It is exceptionally rewarding amid times of heightened burnout, the great resignation and quiet quitting that our associates have indicated they feel more content than ever,” shared Tony Stajduhar, president of Jackson Physician Search. “Creating a workplace based on mutual respect and appreciation is key – and I have always believed that if we take great care of our people, they will take great care of our healthcare clients and the physicians we place. There’s no doubt that this incredibly dedicated team is responsible for our exponential growth.”

As the healthcare industry has been squarely on the frontlines of the global pandemic, the mission of the Best Places to Work program has only become more important. Healthcare leaders have proven that creating nurturing, supportive workplaces for their most valuable assets, their employees, is vital.

“Employees at healthcare organizations from all sectors of the industry have been the driving force behind the collaboration and effort that led the healthcare industry and the country through the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tireless leaders at the organizations we honor with the 2022 Best Places to Work Awards have stood by their employees throughout an extremely challenging time and remained committed to humanizing the patient experience. They have built and nurtured supportive, engaging, flexible and fun workplaces that meet and exceed the needs of today’s workers. Their success is an inspiration and model for building a more productive, creative healthcare workforce and a better healthcare system in which patients are the ultimate beneficiaries,” said Fawn Lopez, publisher of Modern Healthcare. “We congratulate all of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for their commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of their employees and the communities they serve.”

Jackson Physician Search was honored at the 2022 Best Places to Work Gala on Thursday, September 29.

About Jackson Physician Search
Jackson Physician Search is an established industry leader in physician recruitment and pioneered the recruitment methodologies standard in the industry today. The firm specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and medical groups across the United States. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., the company is recognized for its track record of results built on client trust and transparency of processes and fees. Jackson Physician Search is part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies. For more information, visit www.jacksonphysiciansearch.com.

For More Information, Contact:

Kristen Myers

Associate Vice President, Marketing

kmyers@jacksonphysiciansearch.com

Jackson Physician Search and LocumTenens.com Release New Study: Rural Physician Recruitment and Staffing

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ATLANTA, (February 24, 2022) — A new survey from Jackson Physician Search, a permanent physician recruitment firm, and LocumTenens.com, a temporary physician staffing firm, provides fresh insights to help rural healthcare organizations make progress in resolving their chronic physician recruitment and staffing challenges. Takeaways from the study titled Rural Physician Recruitment and Staffing Survey Results suggest the market could be shifting, as 90 percent of surveyed physicians indicate they have some level of openness to considering rural practice.

“Our findings provide a recruitment roadmap for rural healthcare,” said Tony Stajduhar, president of Jackson Physician Search. “Considering the reality that 20 percent of the population lives in rural areas — yet only about 10 percent of physicians practice there — combined with COVID-prompted early retirements and job changes, these new insights suggest that rural healthcare organizations can more effectively market open positions by better understanding what physicians want and need.”

The recent survey of 1,311 physicians and 169 administrators, as well as 158 advanced practice providers, explored the dynamics of what it’s like to work in rural, suburban and urban healthcare environments, and how physicians are thinking about rural practice opportunities. Interestingly, physicians sometimes vary in their viewpoints based on their current practice location and stage of life.

In addition, administrators were asked about the likelihood that they might consider locum tenens as part of their staffing strategies to meet the immediate needs of their communities — whether that be for a temporary gap in coverage or to mitigate the negative impact on patients and organizational revenue during a lengthy vacancy.

The new report, Rural Physician Recruitment and Staffing Survey Results, details:

  • Physicians’ and advanced practice providers’ sentiments on what they want in a permanent rural opportunity and how these compare to what administrators think
  • Physicians’ and administrators’ views on rural locum tenens, as well as recommendations for its strategic use
  • Insights into rural physician retention, including what physicians value most when considering whether to stay
  • A snapshot of how COVID-19 is impacting physician retirements and rural recruitment

Physicians are clear about what they want; administrators can take heed

The study found that physicians who are currently practicing in urban and suburban locations are looking for higher compensation, bonuses and benefits (64 percent), more flexible hours (47 percent) and improved work-life balance (46 percent), and many are open to finding those characteristics in a rural opportunity. Administrators, on the other hand, ranked compensation as the fifth most important factor, indicating there’s a disconnect that must be overcome. Noted Stajduhar, “This suggests that if physicians are well paid and assured of better work-life balance, a rural location may be less of a negative factor than once believed.”

What can be learned about how cultural attributes affect the rural experience during recruitment and for retention purposes?

“We have long advocated that physician retention begins with recruitment,” explained Stajduhar. “And this survey confirms that finding the right cultural ‘fit’ is the first step. Understanding what physicians value most in a facility’s culture and the factors that will motivate them to stay can go a long way towards making a good match and keeping them long term.”

Administrators underestimate the importance of providing physician autonomy. Just 24 percent of those surveyed feel it’s an attribute of culture that most appeals to physicians. However, physicians (40 percent), regardless of practice location, rank it as the most important aspect of culture. And what will motivate physicians to stay? While physicians and administrators agree on the top factors influencing physician retention, physicians (55 percent) place greater value on higher compensation, bonuses and benefits than administrators (37 percent) believe.

Temporary staffing might make more economic sense than administrators think

The survey asked physicians who don’t already work in a rural setting if they might consider a locum tenens assignment to “try out” a rural location — and 72 percent of physicians responded favorably. The study results also revealed that nearly 1 in 10 of physicians who moved to a rural practice cited COVID-19 as the reason.

“Understanding what motivates both physicians and administrators today — versus what might have been important to them pre-COVID — is worth exploring,” said Chris Franklin, president of LocumTenens.com. “Traditionally, temporary assignments have had the most appeal for those just starting out or those on the cusp of retirement. This survey suggests that it’s possible physicians might want to shake things up mid-career.”

Administrators also may want to re-think locum tenens as another recruitment strategy. “Rural facilities may view locum tenens as a more costly short-term solution when facing a vacancy, but it is all about perspective,” added Franklin. “While recruiting a permanent physician to a rural facility is the goal, there are different approaches to get there. For instance, if a vacancy is costing lost revenue, decreased access to care and the risk of increased burnout on existing staff, facilities can leverage strategic recruiting to identify temporary locums candidates who, in many cases, may be open to permanent placement in the long run.”

To download the 23-page Rural Physician Recruitment and Staffing Survey Results report, click here.

About Jackson Physician Search

Jackson Physician Search is an established industry leader in physician recruitment and pioneered the recruitment methodologies standard in the industry today. The firm specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and medical groups across the United States. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., the company is recognized for its track record of results built on client trust and transparency of processes and fees. Jackson Physician Search is part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies. For more information, visit www.jacksonphysiciansearch.com.

 About LocumTenens.com

LocumTenens.com specializes in the temporary placement of physicians, advanced practitioners and psychologists at healthcare facilities across the U.S. through onsite and telehealth services. As the industry’s most-visited job board, LocumTenens.com helps healthcare organizations connect with the medical professionals they need to ensure patients have access to quality care. Founded in 1995, LocumTenens.com is a leader in the healthcare staffing industry, helping place clinicians who deliver care to more than seven million patients in over 2,400 healthcare facilities in the U.S. LocumTenens.com is a Jackson Healthcare® company. Learn more at www.locumtenens.com/about.

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For More Information, Contact:

Kristen Myers, Jackson Physician Search

kmyers@jacksonphysiciansearch.com

Deb Zelnio, LocumTenens.com

zelnio@locumtenens.com

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Jackson Physician Search and MGMA Release New Study: Getting Ahead of Physician Turnover

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SAN DIEGO (October 25, 2021) — It might appear that the business sector most impacted by the Great Resignation phenomenon of 2021 is healthcare, with a high percentage of nurses, physicians and other providers reporting to be burned out, dissatisfied and considering a career change. But is COVID the cause? A new survey conducted in June and July 2021 by Jackson Physician Search in partnership with Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) suggests that physician satisfaction with their current employer — reported at an average of 5.5 on a scale of 0 to 10 — is less about the impacts of the pandemic and more about disconnects that can be solved, at least in part, by better communication. This and other insights around recruitment, retention and succession planning are available in a new whitepaper, Getting Ahead of Physician Turnover in Medical Practices, released today at the MGMA Medical Practice Excellence Leaders Conference.

“Successful business decisions begin by recognizing threats and opportunities, and the pandemic exposed many for healthcare organizations, so we’ve seen a rapid and sustained increase in the number of physicians actively looking for new jobs,” said Tony Stajduhar, president of Jackson Physician Search. “But what we’re learning is that post-COVID business recovery actually requires making the experience of being a doctor better for physicians. Recognizing the all-consuming nature of practicing medicine and considering physicians as partners versus employees are where it starts.”

Sixty eight percent of administrators and 61% of physicians confirm that physicians are experiencing burnout. Of those, 62% of physicians reported burnout as being caused by their current employer (versus being caused by the experience of being a physician), while only 14% of administrators recognized their role in physician burnout. 

Physicians are clear: they want to be heard

Interestingly, only 25% of physicians attributed physician burnout to COVID-related stress, while 37% of administrators attributed it to COVID. That sense of disconnect between physicians and administrators is reflected elsewhere in the data, particularly around the perceived effectiveness of communication.

“Administrators point to many different conditions that would address physician burnout, like having better clinical support, boosting compensation and lowering administrative burdens,” said Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, CEO of MGMA. “However, far and away, two-way communication with management and administrators is cited by physicians as the most important factor in keeping them satisfied in their current position.”

Succession planning is a critical need

Considering the chronic physician shortage, practices can’t afford not to plan for succession. However, according to the survey, 67% of administrators reported not having a succession plan, with only 16% answering in the affirmative. For those who do have a plan in place, existing succession plans focused on recruitment to replace retiring physicians and transitioning others to part-time roles.

“The takeaway for administrators is to step back from the day-to-day long enough to look at longer time horizons; consider the impacts of growth, retirement and other transitions; and put a plan in place that acknowledges the realities of their practices and practice requirements,” explained Stajduhar. “The whitepaper Getting Ahead of Physician Turnover in Medical Practices lays out a strategy for administrators to consider in building both a long- and short-term succession plan for physicians to minimize the impacts on patient care.”

Improving physician recruiting efforts presents a great opportunity

Once a succession plan has been developed, administrators will be better equipped to recruit physicians, another area in need of alignment based on the study’s results. Administrators rated their organizations’ physician recruitment strategies at 7.0, much higher than physicians rated efforts at 4.8, on a scale of 0 to 10.

“Right now, there is an opportunity for growth in how physicians are recruited,” said Dr. Fischer-Wright. “Typically, physician recruiting takes place over a lengthy time, requires a strong fit of both skill and culture, and is a significant financial investment. Creating a high performance recruiting program is a critical next step for administrators.”

About the Survey

Getting Ahead of Physician Turnover in Medical Practices is the result of a survey that was fielded in June and July 2021 by Jackson Physician Search in partnership with MGMA. Physicians and healthcare administrators were invited to complete an approximate six-minute survey. Four hundred and thirty administrators and 181 physicians completed the survey.

About Jackson Physician Search

Jackson Physician Search is an established industry leader in physician recruitment and pioneered the recruitment methodologies standard in the industry today. The firm specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and medical groups across the United States. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., the company is recognized for its track record of results built on client trust and transparency of processes and fees. Jackson Physician Search is part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies. For more information, visit www.jacksonphysiciansearch.com.

About the Medical Group Management Association

Founded in 1926, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is the nation’s largest association focused on the business of medical practice management. MGMA consists of 15,000 group medical practices ranging from small private medical practices to large national health systems representing more than 350,000 physicians. MGMA helps nearly 60,000 medical practice leaders and the healthcare community solve the business challenges of running practices so that they can focus on providing outstanding patient care. Specifically, MGMA helps its members innovate and improve profitability and financial sustainability, and it provides the gold standard on industry benchmarks such as physician compensation. The association also advocates extensively on its members’ behalf on national regulatory and policy issues. To learn more, go to www.MGMA.com.

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For More Information, Contact:

Kristen Myers

kmyers@jacksonphysiciansearch.com

Jackson Physician Search Ranks Third in Modern Healthcare’s 2021 Best Places to Work

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ATLANTA (September 21, 2021) –  Jackson Physician Search, a firm specializing in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers to hospitals, medical groups and other healthcare providers, today announced that it has been ranked third among healthcare suppliers in Modern Healthcare’s 2021 Best Places to Work award program. This marks the firm’s highest ranking yet in the six consecutive years it has been selected to the list.

“While it is an honor to be the fastest growing and most trusted permanent physician search firm in the industry, it is also a true privilege to work alongside a team of exemplary associates who rise every day to meet and exceed the needs of our healthcare clients, the physicians we recruit and one another,” said Tony Stajduhar, president, Jackson Physician Search. “Our third place ranking not only demonstrates that they are happy at work, but also that we’re providing our associates with outstanding tools, training, career growth opportunities and a supportive culture where they can thrive. They are the foundation of our unprecedented success.”

Modern Healthcare partnered with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey. While this program has evolved over the years, its mission remains the same: recognizing workplaces that empower employees to provide patients and customers the best possible care, products and services.

As the healthcare industry sits squarely on the frontlines of this pandemic, the mission of the Best Places to Work program has only become more important. Healthcare industry leaders have proven that creating nurturing, supportive workplaces for their most valuable asset, their employees, is vital.

“The healthcare workforce has undergone a true test in the past year and a half, oftentimes pitting employees against employers. So how best to keep harmony in a workplace that is inherently stressful? This year’s winners have an easy tip to incorporate: show respect. In high-performing and successful teams, regard for employees’ well-being, acknowledgment of their contributions, and deference to their experience and dedication all helped maintain professionalism and productivity,” said Aurora Aguilar, Editor of Modern Healthcare. “We congratulate all of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for emphasizing that compassion and respect are essential to an engaged and productive workforce.”

Jackson Physician Search was honored at the 2021 Best Places to Work Gala on Thursday, September 16. This is the sixth consecutive year Jackson Physician Search has made the list.

The complete list of this year’s winner rankings is available at ModernHealthcare.com/bestplacestowork. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring the ranked list of all winners along with the September 20 issue of MH magazine.

About Jackson Physician Search
Jackson Physician Search is an established industry leader in physician recruitment and pioneered the recruitment methodologies standard in the industry today. The firm specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and medical groups across the United States. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., the company is recognized for its track record of results built on client trust and transparency of processes and fees. Jackson Physician Search is part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies. For more information, visit www.jacksonphysiciansearch.com.

For More Information, Contact:

Kristen Myers

kmyers@jacksonphysiciansearch.com

For Sixth Consecutive Year, Jackson Physician Search Named One of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare

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ATLANTA (May 19, 2021) –  Jackson Physician Search, a firm specializing in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers to hospitals, medical groups and other healthcare providers, today announced that it has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for a sixth consecutive year.

This award program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

“One year into the pandemic, we’ve seen the industry transform to meet the needs of its patients and employees,” said Aurora Aguilar, Modern Healthcare‘s editor. “Time and time again, the most resilient and successful organizations show that empathy towards their staff, clear vision and compassion towards the patient buoys teams and sets them up for success. We congratulate the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for eliciting loyalty from their workforce and communities during harrowing times.”

“We’re incredibly honored to be recognized for the sixth year in a row as a Best Place to Work in Healthcare,” added Tony Stajduhar, president, Jackson Physician Search. “The entire Jackson Physician Search team has overcome every obstacle during the last year with equal parts determination, creativity and grace. Their dedication to serving their teammates, as well as our healthcare clients and physicians, has been extraordinary.”

Jackson Physician Search will find out its ranking on the Best Places list and be celebrated at the 2021 Best Places to Work in Healthcare awards gala taking place on September 16 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.

The complete list of this year’s winners, in alphabetical order, is available at ModernHealthcare.com/bestplaceslist. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring a ranked list of all the winners as part of its September 20 issue.

About Jackson Physician Search
Jackson Physician Search is an established industry leader in physician recruitment and pioneered the recruitment methodologies standard in the industry today. The firm specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and medical groups across the United States. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., the company is recognized for its track record of results built on client trust and transparency of processes and fees. Jackson Physician Search is part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies. For more information, visit www.jacksonphysiciansearch.com.

For More Information, Contact:

Kristen Myers

kmyers@jacksonphysiciansearch.com

Executive Partnership Between MGMA and Jackson Physician Search Enhances Physician Recruitment and Retention

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Englewood, Colo. and Atlanta (March 8, 2021) – Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and Jackson Physician Search, a firm specializing in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers throughout the U.S., today announced an extended executive partnership to provide physicians and medical practices with consultative resources and recruitment solutions to operate more efficiently and optimize the level of care to patients.

As a trusted organization of more than 40 years, Jackson Physician Search implements proven recruitment methodologies coupled with personalized service. Despite challenges brought on by COVID-19, the firm has continued to be successful in helping MGMA members fill key provider and leadership positions.

The demand for physicians continues to outpace supply, which has exacerbated staffing shortages in medical practices for years. Physician vacancies have been particularly troublesome during the pandemic, as physicians are already facing increasing levels of stress, disengagement and burnout. Asking physicians and their teams to pick up further slack to help ensure high-quality levels of patient care and satisfaction could put medical practices at risk of losing their physicians to early retirement or another employer in the long run. This is why accelerating the recruitment cycle has become imperative.

“When we transitioned to a 100% digital sourcing model more than a decade ago, we were driven by our commitment to providing a more effective, efficient and transparent recruitment experience for our healthcare partners,” said Tony Stajduhar, president of Jackson Physician Search. “Looking back at 2020, during a time when there were fewer recruitment engagements across the industry, this strategic shift in candidate acquisition enabled us to make a record number of placements and perfectly positioned our clients to continue filling critical vacancies.”

To help physicians and medical practices as they recruit and hire talent, MGMA and Jackson Physician Search have created resources to address the tight physician market, the competitive landscape, and hiring during and after the pandemic.

Additionally, Jackson Physician Search was a key contributor to MGMA’s Medical Practice Excellence Conference, A Virtual Experience, in October 2020, sharing educational sessions on physician staffing, upcoming physician retirements and improving the physician interview experience, while facilitating discussions about physician burnout and wellness during COVID-19 and in the post-pandemic world.

“Last year, when physicians and their medical practices needed frontline help, advice and resources, we partnered with Jackson Physician Search to provide support and tools that helped our members overcome financial and operational hurdles,” said Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, FAAP, FACMPE, president and CEO of MGMA. “Our goals are well aligned, and I look forward to continuing our partnership to help practices recover and recruit so they can be successful in their markets.”

Set to be released in Fall of 2021, the organizations are partnering to gather original quantitative and qualitative research and data on physician and advanced practice provider (APP) staffing. The focus will be on addressing the toughest industry challenges to help medical practices recruit the physicians and APPs needed to meet patient demand and achieve or exceed revenue goals.

For more information on MGMA’s executive partnership program, click here.

About Jackson Physician Search
Jackson Physician Search is an established industry leader in physician recruitment and pioneered the recruitment methodologies standard in the industry today. The firm specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and medical groups across the United States. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., the company is recognized for its track record of results built on client trust and transparency of processes and fees. Jackson Physician Search is part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies. For more information, visit www.jacksonphysiciansearch.com.

About MGMA

Founded in 1926, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is the nation’s largest association focused on the business of medical practice management. MGMA consists of 15,000 group medical practices ranging from small private medical practices to large national health systems representing more than 350,000 physicians. MGMA helps nearly 60,000 medical practice leaders and the healthcare community solve the business challenges of running practices so that they can focus on providing outstanding patient care. Specifically, MGMA helps its members innovate and improve profitability and financial sustainability, and it provides the gold standard on industry benchmarks such as physician compensation. The association also advocates extensively on its members’ behalf on national regulatory and policy issues. To learn more, go to MGMA.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

New Study from Jackson Physician Search Reveals 69% of Physicians Disengaged; 54% Say COVID Driving Change in Job Plans

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ATLANTA, Feb. 25, 2021 – The impact of COVID-19 on frontline healthcare staff will likely be felt for years, but one group that may be in crisis are physicians, nearly 70% of whom now say they are actively disengaged from their employers. This is among several key findings from a new survey conducted by Jackson Physician Search, a national physician recruitment firm.

The same study found that 54% of physicians surveyed said COVID-19 has changed their employment plans. Of those, 50% are considering leaving for a new healthcare employer, 21% said they may hang up their white coat for early retirement, and 15% are thinking about leaving the practice of medicine entirely. These results suggest that the practice of how the healthcare industry engages and retains physicians needs an intervention.

“Prioritizing physician engagement and retention is critical to the well-being of physicians, their patients and the healthcare organizations they serve,” said Jackson Physician Search President Tony Stajduhar. “The burnout physicians feel today is only exacerbated by long-standing doctor shortages and the perception by physicians that healthcare facilities rarely have a plan in place to retain them.”

In the survey, conducted during Q4 2020, 83% of physicians said their employers have no retention program. However, administrators had a different take, with only 30% reporting that there was no program in place. More concerning, physicians and administrators both felt that even when a retention program did exist, it wasn’t favorable. Only 2% of physicians and just 10% of administrators rated it highly.

“A single physician vacancy can easily cost a healthcare organization $1 million in lost revenue, which has a detrimental impact on already financially struggling hospitals and medical practices,” Stajduhar added. “When you also consider that recruiting a culturally aligned physician can take up to 6-12 months and cost $250,000 or more – including sourcing, relocation and sign-on bonus – greater emphasis on retaining physicians is key to meeting the healthcare needs of Americans now and into the future.”

Administrators recognize the need and have long attempted to devise retention programs, but it appears that physicians have deemed these efforts as largely ineffective or, at a minimum, poorly communicated.

Responses to the survey were received from 400 physicians across a range of specialties and from 86 healthcare administrators from throughout the country. Findings from the study are detailed in the new paper titled “On the Verge of a Physician Turnover Epidemic: Physician Retention Survey Results.” Released this week, some key takeaways include:

  • Formal physician retention programs are rare, and physicians have taken notice. Just 12% of physician respondents said their employers have an informal, unwritten retention program, and only 5% reported that there is a formal, written program in place.
  • 1 in 3 physicians receive no formal orientation upon joining their employer. Orientation is critical to physician performance and retention. However, 32% of physician respondents said no formal orientation is in place.
  • Physicians report being disengaged, while employers are more optimistic. Physicians and administrators were asked to rate physician engagement. Of those who responded, 69% of physicians rated themselves as actively disengaged, while administrators said only 35% of their physicians felt this way.
  • 28% of physicians say there are no programs in place at their organization to deal with burnout. For those who did have access to programs that are designed to mitigate burnout, the most common options were wellness and mental health initiatives.

“It’s difficult to read some of the physicians’ comments throughout the survey, especially knowing the unimaginable sacrifices they’ve made and continue to make to see us through the pandemic,” noted Stajduhar. “They’re struggling. But we’re hopeful that with vaccines now being rolled out, a renewed emphasis will be placed on developing strategies to effectively engage physicians and mitigate burnout, both of which contribute to stronger physician retention and lifelong, fulfilling medical careers.”

The complete report on the survey results is available here.

About Jackson Physician Search

Jackson Physician Search is an established industry leader in physician recruitment and pioneered the recruitment methodologies standard in the industry today. The firm specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and medical groups across the United States. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., the company is recognized for its track record of results built on client trust and transparency of processes and fees. Jackson Physician Search is part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies. For more information, visit www.jacksonphysiciansearch.com.

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For More Information, Contact:

Kristen Myers

kmyers@jacksonphysiciansearch.com

Jackson Physician Search Named a Great Place to Work-Certified Company 2020-21

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Based on associate feedback on the Trust Index™ survey, Jackson Physician Search has earned the distinction as a Great Place to Work®- Certified Company for July 2020 – July 2021. A review of the ratings can be found on the firm’s Certified Company Profile.

Jackson Physician Search continues to be recognized as a superior workplace. The physician recruitment firm recently was included for the fifth consecutive year on Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare List.

“It’s an honor to work with this extraordinary team, whose dedication to excellence has propelled us to become the fastest growing and most respected permanent physician search firm in the industry,” said Tony Stajduhar, president, Jackson Physician Search. “As everyone continues to navigate the pandemic, we have leaned on our recruitment expertise to continue to serve our healthcare partners and physician candidates in the manner in which they have come to trust. And, we have done so with an extra dose of much-appreciated empathy.”

According to the Trust Index™ Survey, 98 percent of Jackson Physician Search associates say it is a great place to work. Here are some additional findings:

  • 100 percent report being proud to tell others they work here.
  • 100 percent say when you join the company, you are made to feel welcome.
  • 100 percent find that when people change jobs or work areas, they are made to feel right at home.

About Jackson Physician Search
Jackson Physician Search is an established industry leader in physician recruitment and pioneered the recruitment methodologies standard in the industry today. The firm specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and medical groups across the United States. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., the company is recognized for its track record of results built on client trust and transparency of processes and fees. Jackson Physician Search is part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies. For more information, visit www.jacksonphysiciansearch.com.

 

 

Jackson Physician Search Recognized as a 2020 Best Place to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare for the Fifth Year In a Row

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ATLANTA (July 22, 2020) –  Jackson Physician Search today announced that it has been named to Modern Healthcare’s 2020 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. A supplement that features the ranked list of all winners will be published by Modern Healthcare as part of its October 12 issue. Until then, companies that are part of this year’s awards program are listed in alphabetical order at www.ModernHealthcare.com/bestplaceslist.

“It has been an especially trying year for the world, and healthcare in particular, as COVID-19 ravages our communities and workplaces,” said Aurora Aguilar, Modern Healthcare‘s editor. “But the organizations recognized on this year’s list rose to the top and continued to be a source of strength for their teammates. They have seen their colleagues fall ill to the virus and struggled with the economic impact of the pandemic. The loyalty and trust between employers and their workers are being put to the test now more than ever. We congratulate the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for continuing to serve their workforce and communities during such an unprecedented time.”

“We’re honored that Jackson Physician Search has been included in Modern Healthcare‘s Best Places to Work in Healthcare list for the 5th consecutive year. With COVID-19 affecting how hospitals and medical groups recruit physicians, we’ve worked hard to empower our team to meet our clients’ needs without interruption,” added Tony Stajduhar, president, Jackson Physician Search. “It’s a tribute to the work ethic and dedication of our team that we are still hiring amid the pandemic, and experiencing the comradery and engagement of our associates working together to serve clients, while balancing remote work and future unknowns.”

Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide. It partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

Jackson Physician Search will find out its ranking on the Best Places to Work list and be celebrated at the 2020 awards gala, which will take place virtually on October 8 in conjunction with the Workplace of the Future Conference. Information about the award celebration and conference is available by clicking here.

About Jackson Physician Search
Jackson Physician Search is an established industry leader in physician recruitment and pioneered the recruitment methodologies standard in the industry today. The firm specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and medical groups across the United States. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., the company is recognized for its track record of results built on client trust and transparency of processes and fees. Jackson Physician Search is part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies. For more information, visit www.jacksonphysiciansearch.com.

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