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Providers Make Full-court Press to Convince Lawmakers to Save Value-Based Care Bonus

October 4, 2022 - Several provider groups and organizations are leading a concerted effort to get Congress to tuck in an extension of a 5% bonus to physicians that participate in value-based care before the money goes away after 2022.

The effort by several provider groups underscores major concerns over how the loss of the bonus could stymie momentum in the shift to alternative payment models [ more ]

These docs have the highest starting salaries as demand for medical specialists rebounds

July 19, 2022 - Demand for physicians, and their starting salaries, have rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic, as doctors are the targets of intense recruiting activity, according to a new report. Specialist physicians are in the strongest demand with rising in interest in hiring gastroenterologists, orthopedic surgeons, oncologists, pulmonologists, neurologists, and psychiatrists. Meanwhile, demand for primary care physicians such as family physicians and internists has declined, according to a new report from Merritt Hawkins, the physician search division of AMN Healthcare. [ more ]

Bank of America pledges $40M to expand access to primary care in underserved communities nationwide

June 22, 2022 - Bank of America is committing $40 million to help expand community health centers and primary care facilities in underserved communities across the U.S., it announced Tuesday. In its announcement, Bank of America acknowledged that primary care providers are essential to the health of a community. [ more ]

Healthcare Access Looms as Doctors' Top Concern

June 7, 2022 - Healthcare access looms as doctors' top concern, followed by substance abuse, racial disparities and gun control.  Physicians encounter such a wide range of patients, which gives them the opportunity to see how social issues affect various segments of the population, said Medscape's Leslie Kane.  U.S. physicians rank healthcare access, substance abuse and racial disparities as the leading social issues facing the country, followed closely by gun control and climate change. [ more ]


June 2, 2022 - Compensation for most physician specialties saw modest increases between 2019 and 2021, according to new MGMA data. [ more ]

2022 Radiologist Job Market Update: High volume, high pay and a search for high quality of life

May 26, 2022 - More than two years after the onset of the pandemic, changes in COVID-related policies and postures — as well as accompanying cultural shifts in the workplace — continue to drive trends in the job market for radiologists. In 2022, things look markedly different than during the early stages of the pandemic and it's clear that radiologist job seekers now have many options and greater workplace flexibility. [ more ]

15 States Hit Most, Least by the 'Great Resignation'

May 23, 2022 - The rate at which people are leaving their places of employment varies across the country, with Alaska leading the nation and New York lagging. The rankings come from WalletHub, which analyzed the rate at which people quit their jobs in the last month and over the last 12 months to rank-order resignation rates from highest to lowest. The rankings were updated May 18. [ more ]

Pandemic-driven innovations: What hospitals should keep.

May 18, 2022 - Hospitalists weigh which changes they want to carry forward.

IS THE PANDEMIC OVER? At press time, BA.2 rates are on the rise, but hospitalization rates for covid patients are at some of their lowest levels in nearly two years. Now that most hospitals are no longer overwhelmed, many of the rapid pandemic innovations that hospitals and hospitalists rushed to put in place—command centers, parking-lot pods, back-up systems, guideline task forces, daily huddles—are no longer needed and are, for now at least, going dormant. [ more ]

Senators Seek to Reauthorize Mental Health Reforms, Grants in Latest Bid to Improve Access

May 12, 2022 - A bipartisan duo of senators introduced legislation Monday to reauthorize a series of mental health and substance abuse programs expected to expire later this year.

The Mental Health Reform Reauthorization Act of 2022 would reauthorize key block grant programs, expand access to pediatric mental health and aims to boost the mental health workforce. The legislation would reauthorize key programs passed in 2016 under the 21st Century Cures Act. [ more ]

Physician Practices See Revenue Gains in Q1 but Face Rising Expenses from Inflation, Labor Shortages

May 4, 2022 - After a rocky start to 2022, many physician groups saw early evidence that financial performance may be stabilizing as patient volumes and revenues improved in March. However, higher volumes also contributed to higher investments and subsidies needed to support physician practices and ongoing expense increases as practices contend with inflation and a tight labor market, according to Kaufman Hall's latest physician flash report. [ more ]

Physician Salaries Rebounded in 2021. Here are the specialties that earned the most.

April 19, 2022 - After stagnating during the height of the pandemic, physician salaries rebounded 7% towards the end of 2021, with increases seen in primary care and all other specialties.

As medical practices reopened and patient volume returned to pre-pandemic levels, salaries also increased to an overall average of $339,000, up from $299,999 in 2020, which represents a jump of more than 29% since 2015, according to the results of the Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2022. [ more ]

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