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.

For More Information, Contact:

Kristen Myers

kmyers@jacksonphysiciansearch.com

Tony Stajduhar, president of Jackson Physician Search Featured in New England Journal of Medicine CareerCenter

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Our president recently contributed an article to the New England Journal of Medicine CareerCenter. The NEJM CareerCenter features career resources articles from healthcare experts. Tony’s article explains the high costs of hiring the wrong physician.

The High Costs of Hiring the Wrong Physician

By Tony Stajduhar, president of Jackson Physician Search

Making a bad hire in any profession negatively impacts finances and employees, but it’s especially painful in a medical environment where continuity of patient care, cost control, medical staff morale, and productivity are paramount concerns. All told, the cost of hiring a physician who doesn’t fit and then leaves can easily exceed $1 million when you consider the expense of recruiting, onboarding, and yet another vacancy and hiring situation.

Read the entire article on the NEJM CareerCenter.

JPS Featured in the NWRPCA’s Monthly Newsletter the Northwest Pulse

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We recently wrote an article for the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association about how community health centers can overcome primary care physician recruitment challenges. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Considering that more than 70% of our nation’s Community Health Centers (CHCs) report having at least one physician vacancy, already underserved populations may soon be facing a crisis. As you well know, CHCs provide much more than just primary care services – they have become integral to providing comprehensive care services for millions of residents in America’s smaller communities and rural towns. Today’s ongoing primary care physician shortage is threatening this care, requiring CHC administrators to find more creative ways of attracting and retaining physicians.

In years past, CHCs were able to offer physicians quality of life benefits that were exclusive to community health systems, such as no call, no weekends, and student loan reimbursements. But today, these same benefits are being touted by larger systems and metropolitan hospitals. Now, CHCs have to compete with larger systems that can offer higher salaries and larger sign-on bonuses. With a shrinking candidate pool and diminishing quality of life differentiators, the key for CHC administrators is to ensure that every physician hire is made with retention in mind. The best way to accomplish that is to focus on hiring physicians who are a cultural fit within the organization. First, let’s examine how CHC administrators can make sure their organizations are recruitment ready to hire for fit.

Read the full article here on the NWRPCA website. 

Medical Group Management Association and Jackson Physician Search Partner to Improve Physician Recruitment for Medical Practices

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Englewood, Colo. and Atlanta (Jan. 27, 2020) – 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 a new executive partnership designed to help medical practices operate more efficiently, while providing optimal levels of care.

As an executive partner of MGMA, Jackson Physician Search will have the opportunity to work with MGMA members by helping them fill key provider and leadership positions within their medical practices and health systems. As a trusted organization of more than 40 years, Jackson Physician Search implements proven recruitment methodologies and an aggressive, digital sourcing model coupled with personalized service – all of which enable medical practices to operate efficiently and provide quality care. This partnership will serve as a valuable asset to MGMA members, providing them with a dedicated firm whose innovative approach to recruiting has propelled it to become the fastest growing, permanent physician search firm in the industry.

Staffing shortages in medical practices often create precarious situations in which physicians and their teams are forced into picking up slack to help ensure high-quality levels of patient care. Over time, this can lead to a culture of burnout and stress, as well as have negative implications on the overall patient experience due to limited appointment availability and/or a lack of timely follow up on test results, messages and other medical requests.

“In today’s healthcare environment of being faced with a physician shortage and a fluctuating employment landscape, it is more important than ever to align with partners that share the same vision for creating positive change for medical providers,” said Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, FAAP, FACMPE, president and chief executive officer at MGMA. “Our partnership with Jackson Physician Search will provide our members with a recruitment partner that has a proven track record of filling searches quickly and cost effectively.”

“Quickly recruiting candidates who fit the culture and will succeed in the role is a testament to our commitment to be the only search firm to use an all-digital sourcing strategy,” added Tony Stajduhar, president, Jackson Physician Search. “This allows us to make faster physician and leadership placements and enables our clients to benefit from our ‘Nordstrom-level’ of customer service and the transparent recruitment process and fee structure that they have come to trust.”

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

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

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is the premier association for professionals who lead medical practices. Since 1926, through data, people, insights, and advocacy, MGMA empowers medical group practices to innovate and create meaningful change in healthcare. With a membership of more than 55,000 medical practice administrators, executives, and leaders, MGMA represents more than 15,500 organizations of all sizes, types, structures and specialties that deliver almost half of the healthcare in the United States. www.mgma.com

Jackson Physician Search Named One of Healthcare’s Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare

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ATLANTA (Oct. 1, 2019) –  Jackson Physician Search, a firm specializing in the permanent recruitment of physicians and advanced practice providers to hospitals and other healthcare providers, is pleased to announce that it has been named one of healthcare’s Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare for a fourth consecutive year.

“It is an honor to once again be recognized by Modern Healthcare and our associates as one of the best places to work in this field,” said Tony Stajduhar, president, Jackson Physician Search. “We have exemplary associates, and we strive to provide them the best tools, training, environment and culture so they are happy at work. They are the foundation of our success.”

Inclusion on the 2019 list of Best Places to Work is based on both employer and employee surveys. Employers complete a survey detailing company policies, practices, benefits, and demographics. Employees then anonymously respond to a survey analyzing several areas of employee satisfaction, including leadership and planning, culture and communications, role satisfaction, work environment, training, pay and benefits, and overall satisfaction.

“Just as we are committed to finding fulfilling positions for physicians that produce long-term relationships with our client partners, it’s important that we build this for our associates,” said Stajduhar. “Our mission is to help physician candidates find the best professional position possible that also achieves a balanced lifestyle, which is what we seek to create for our associates as well.”

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 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.

Newest Physician Salary Calculator Customizes Results, Saves Time

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A physician compensation resource center, featuring an interactive salary calculator, is the newest resource offered by Jackson Physician Search to help doctors save time as they evaluate how to reach their earning potential. No registration or subscription is required to view instant results.

The mobile-friendly, interactive calculator compiles data from five industry sources, plus propriety recruitment data, to enable physicians in 24 specialties to evaluate multiple variables that influence their potential compensation package.

According to Tony Stajduhar, president of Jackson Physician Search, this new resource is an efficient tool physicians can use to evaluate practice opportunities. “Let’s face it: time and money both matter to physicians. So when it comes to exploring a new job, our resource center can save them time as they consider how multiple variables influence their potential compensation package,” he said.

“Even with data in-hand, we also recommend that physicians talk with industry insiders, experts and advisors to understand what is realistic in a given situation,” Stajduhar added. “Experienced physician recruiters can decode some of the reasons for variances and help a physician negotiate a fair, market-driven package,” Stajduhar noted.

Using the new salary calculator, customizable fields encompass the components that are typically included in a compensation package. The results instantly reveal a market-based scenario that breaks out base salary, benefits, hiring incentives and bonuses. The calculator is unique in its design for use with an offer in hand, or if the physician wants to compare how far their compensation would stretch in a different state or type of community.

Physicians considering a new practice opportunity can:

  • Easily access customized physician compensation data, drawn from multiple sources
  • Drill down by specialty, state and type of location
  • Get instant results and/or request an optional written report via email.

They can adjust for benefits, hiring incentives, and bonuses:

  • Benefits
  • Sign-on Bonus
  • Residency stipend
  • Relocation assistance
  • Student loan repayment
  • Future bonuses for productivity and quality

Jackson Physician Search compiles data from salary surveys published by industry leaders including Health eCareers and Doximity, which draws from self-reported compensation surveys of more than 36,000 physicians. They also incorporate proprietary data, including the firm’s physician placement and search data. Actual compensation will vary depending on additional variables such as skills and qualifications in each specialty, and supply and demand in a particular location. The information does not constitute specific advice for any candidate nor does it guarantee compensation from any organization.

 

In addition to the salary calculator, the new and improved Physician Salary Calculator and Resource Center also features relevant physician compensation articles, videos, and other resources physicians can use.

 

Jackson Physician Search specializes in permanent recruitment of physicians and advanced practice providers to hospitals and health systems across the United States. The company is recognized for its track record of results built on their clients’ trust in the skills of their team and the transparency of their process. Jackson Physician Search attracts and retains the most talented and motivated recruitment professionals in the industry. The firm has been recognized by Modern Healthcare and Fortune as one of the Best Places to Work.

 

Visit www.JacksonPhysicianSearch.com and Jackson Physician Search on LinkedIn. Follow @JacksonPhysicianSearch on Facebook and @Jackson_Search on Twitter.

 

Media Contact for More Information:

Lori Schutte: 770.643.5533 lschutte@jacksonphysiciansearch.com

Mary Barber: 314.494.6952 mbarber@jacksonphysiciansearch.com

Jackson Physician Search in Top 10 Best Places to Work in Healthcare

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Oct. 4, 2017 – Alpharetta, GA — Jackson Physician Search advanced to the top ten Best Places to Work in Healthcare, as revealed at Modern Healthcare’s annual awards dinner, held September 28th in Las Vegas. This year’s ranking as 9th among suppliers represents the second consecutive year of recognition for the firm, which also again ranked as 4th Best Place to Work for Millennials in the supplier category. Modern Healthcare’s program, now in its 10th year, recognizes outstanding employers across the industry.

“Empowering our employees to provide clients and candidates with an exceptional experience is central to our culture,” stated Tony Stajduhar, President. “Recognition as a Best Place to work results from providing our team with the right training, tools and environment to deliver great results and enjoy working here.”

“Being a top-ranked workplace for millennials also signals that we understand the critical success factors for building the workforce of the future,” Stajduhar noted. “We translate that awareness to helping our hospitals, health systems and medical groups successfully hire the new physicians they need to serve their communities.”

Jackson Physician Search was certified this year as a great workplace today by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. Jackson Physician Search is part of the growing family of Jackson Healthcare companies.

 

Jackson Physician Search specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians and advanced practice providers to hospitals and health systems across the United States. The company is recognized for its track record of results built on their clients’ trust in the skills of their team and the transparency of their process. As one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare, Jackson Physician Search attracts and retains the most talented and motivated recruitment professionals in the industry.

Visit www.JacksonPhysicianSearch.com and Jackson Physician Search on LinkedIn. Follow @JacksonPhysicianSearch on Facebook and @Jackson_Search on Twitter.

 

Media Contact for More Information:

Lori Schutte: 770.643.5533lschutte@jacksonphysiciansearch.com

Mary Barber: 314.494.6952 mbarber@jacksonphysiciansearch.com