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2013 Physician Outlook & Practice Trends

The latest annual survey results on physician attitudes and practice trends is out from Jackson Healthcare, a health care staffing firm. The report looks at physician attitudes related to job satisfaction, employment vs. private practice, workload and environment, use of advance practitioners, Medicare/Medicaid access, ACO participation, and physician attrition. Among the findings are these:

  • The proportion of hospital employed physicians grew from 20% in 2012 to 26% in 2013, while other non-ownership physician employees also rose from 12% to 15% over the previous year.
  • 25% of physicians reported participation in an accountable care organization in 2013, an increase from 22% in 2012. Another 14% plan to participate in an ACO.
  • The top reasons given by physicians leaving private practice were overhead costs too high, focus on practice of medicine without administrative hassles, and reimbursement cuts.
  • While there was significant job dissatisfaction among physicians, the more satisfied were likely to be employees of a hospital or physician-owned practice, supported by nurse practitioners or physician assistants, practicing concierge medicine, and/or working 11 or fewer hours per day.

Source: 2013 Physician outlook & practice trends: filling the void. Jackson Healthcare, 2013. http://www.jacksonhealthcare.com/media/191888/2013physiciantrends-void_ebk0513.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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