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Vassar Brothers Medical Center to Become a Teaching Hospital

May 15, 2018 - Health Quest's Vassar Brothers Medical Center will become a teaching hospital starting next year. Hospital President Ann McMackin said at the annual President's Breakfast on Tuesday that Vassar Brothers has been approved for general surgery residency for 2019. [ more ]

Specialty Practices Increasingly Rely on Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants

May 1, 2018 - It's not just primary care practices that are increasingly relying on advanced practice clinicians to help care for patients. A new study found that 28% of all specialty practices are employing nurse practitioners and physician assistants. [ more ]

50 Shades of Healthcare: Bit by bit, the Affordable Care Act is being remade

April 14, 2018 - As the Trump administration and some in Congress whittle away at the Affordable Care Act, blue states are filling in gaps in an attempt to bolster their markets. Others are picking up chainsaws. [ more ]

Worse Than Ever: Physician shortage Could Hit 120K by 2030

April 12, 2018 - Estimates of a projected physician shortage just got worse.  The country could see a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030, according to a new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges. [ more ]

Bill Would Give Virginia Nurse Practitioners More Autonomy

April 3, 2018 - Most Virginia nurse practitioners could gain the autonomy to practice without a physician's oversight if Gov. Ralph Northam signs a bill the General Assembly passed with near-unanimous support. [ more ]

For-profit Hospitals Will Save up to $800M This Year Thanks to Tax Overhaul

February 21, 2018 - The tax cut legislation signed into law late last year will help most for-profit hospitals in 2018, boosting their bottom lines at a time when several major chains are struggling with weak admissions and making acquisitions and capital investments more attractive. [ more ]

Court: Yes, There is Doctor-Patient Confidentiality

January 15, 2018 - Connecticut's highest court ruled Thursday on an issue that most people may think is already settled, saying doctors have a duty to keep patients' medical records confidential and can be sued if they don't. [ more ]

Healthcare Mega-Mergers Dominate 2017

December 27, 2017 - Horizontal, vertical, regional, national, large- and small-scale—2017 marked a year of mergers.  They ranged in all shapes and sizes, from the national hospital system expansions charted by Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health to the vertical combination of retail pharmacy giant CVS Health and insurer Aetna. [ more ]

95% of Patients Satisfied With Their Primary Care Physicians

October 4, 2017 - Here's some great news for doctors: A new survey finds 95% of patients are satisfied with their primary care physicians, but many worried about healthcare costs. [ more ]

Attracting the Best and the Brightest

September 29, 2017 - Few sectors of the economy have matched healthcare's impact and resiliency over the past few years. Healthcare spending made up 17.8% of the country's gross domestic product in 2015 at $3.2 trillion, according to the CMS. [ more ]

Federal Training, Reducing Physician Burnout Keys to Tackling the Primary Care Doctor Shortage

September 21, 2017 - WASHINGTON—Primary care will be hit especially hard by the physician shortage, but addressing burnout and keeping several key federal programs could help stem the flow of doctors from family medicine, experts say. [ more ]

New Report Says Primary Care Salaries Jumped by $22K in 2016

May 24, 2017 - The average salary offered to primary care doctors being placed in new jobs jumped significantly in 2016, and in an effort to attract doctors, signing bonuses increased in rural and mid-sized communities, according to a new report. [ more ]

Inspecting the Role of the Physician in ACOs

April 5, 2017 - As delivery system reform experts puzzle over what makes accountable care organizations successful, they might want to pay more attention to the physicians in those organizations, suggests a study published Monday in Health Affairs. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

March 22, 2017 – Spring has arrived and graduating Residents and Fellows are making their decisions. With the assistance of Alpha Recruiters, four physicians have accepted their first post-training positions. [ more ]

Rural Areas Brace for a Shortage of Doctors Due to Visa Policy

March 18, 2017 - In Coudersport, Pa., a town in a mountainous region an hour's drive from the nearest Walmart, Cole Memorial Hospital counts on two Jordanian physicians to keep its obstetrics unit open and is actively recruiting foreign specialists. [ more ]

CHS Stock Rallies After Chain Meets Guidance, Says It Will Sell a Total of 25 Hospitals

February 22, 2017 - Community Health Systems' aggressive divestiture strategy and fourth-quarter performance caused its stock to jump 32% in mid-afternoon trading Tuesday. [ more ]

Virtual Visits Boost Primary Care Outcomes

January 25, 2017 - Nurse practitioners and physician's assistants have benefited primary care practices with their expertise for years, but they're now reaching patients virtually, helping primary care practices in the process. [ more ]

American Hospitals Are Disappearing ….

January 13, 2017 - The two gleaming operating rooms in this Kingston, New York, hospital still look brand-new seven years after being built for $5 million: They've never seen one patient, and never will. [ more ]

MedPAC Wants to Give Hospitals and Doctors Raises, Flag Offsite ER Claims

January 12, 2017 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission wants hospitals and doctors to get raises in 2018. Ambulatory surgery centers, skilled-nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities should get no increases because they're already making plenty of money. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

December 29, 2016 – As 2016 draws to an end, Alpha Medical Group has assisted several physicians in training secure their first practice opportunities. These physicians will enter 2017 knowing where they will be practicing this summer. [ more ]

Not-for-Profit Healthcare Outlook Stays Stable Despite Possible ACA Repeal

December 7, 2016 - The outlook next year for the not-for-profit and public healthcare sectors is considered stable, but Republican leaders' plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act is driving some uncertainty, Moody's Investors Service said in its latest outlook report. [ more ]

Providers on the Move

December 5, 2016 - Alpha Medical Group assisted several Healthcare Providers secure new positions last week, both practicing and those still in training. North Carolina, Florida, New York and Connecticut will have additional providers in 2017. [ more ]

Top Factors Internal Medicine Residents Look for in a Job

November 29, 2016 - The growing shortage of primary care physicians, which is projected to reach 35,600 by 2025 according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, is creating extraordinary competition among healthcare organizations seeking to hire internal medicine doctors. [ more ]

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a Job Offer

November 22, 2016 - If you've recently been on the receiving end of a nurse practitioner job offer, congrats! While the chance to start a new opportunity is exciting don't let your enthusiasm get in the way of critically thinking through your offer. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

November 7, 2016 – Massachusetts, Florida and Colorado will be home to a Pediatrician, a Psychologist and a Nephrologist thanks to members of Alpha Medical Group. [ more ]

Healthcare Job Growth Accelerates in October

November 4, 2016 - Job growth in the healthcare industry accelerated slightly in October, according to new figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

October 31, 2016 – Alpha Medical Group assisted several healthcare professional secure new positions including a Cardiologist, two Surgeons and two Nurse Practitioners. [ more ]

Primary Care ‘Dream Teams’ Incorporate More Non-physicians

October 19, 2016 -  It isn't just doctors who make up a primary care "dream team." There's a shift from primary care physician-led healthcare to care teams that incorporate many non-physicians including dieticians, mental health professionals, clinical educators and social workers, according to a report from PwC's Health Research Institute (HRI). [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

October 12, 2016 – Out team has helped several healthcare professional secure new positions this week. A Radiologist and an OBGYN will be returning to their home states, while a Hematologist / Oncologist and a Nurse Practitioner will be joining new practices without relocation. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

September 30, 2016 – Welcome to Fall! There's a chill in the air, the leaves are turning and Alpha is filling jobs. Congratulations to Rachna, Jon, Amy, Jim and Billy. [ more ]

The Demise of Small Practices? Not So Fast

September 26, 2016 - Despite the pressures on small practices in the current healthcare environment, physicians who do not wish to become part of a larger practice have options and resources, according to a blog post from the American Academy of Family Physicians. [ more ]

'Bedless' Hospitals Grow as Industry Moves Toward Outpatient Care

September 21, 2016 - The changing nature of healthcare and patients' desire for convenience have given rise to nontraditional care formats such as stand-alone emergency rooms and "micro-hospitals," and now "bedless hospitals" are joining the push. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

September 16, 2016 – Radiology market continues to gradually improve. Residents are starting to sign and practicing physicians are looking to relocate. [ more ]

Medical School Attitude: If You're ‘Too Dumb,’ Then Primary Care is For You

September 14, 2016 - Cultural and structural problems that have existed for decades discourage medical students from becoming primary care doctors, according to a new study. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

September 6, 2016 – Alpha has been retained to recruit a Psychiatric Medical Director in Kanas and a Surgeon to join a practice on Long Island. Our Primary Care Division assisted a couple in securing new positions in Kentucky while the Midlevel Division assisted a Client in Iowa in hiring a Physician. [ more ]

3 Ways Hospitalists Can Gain More Respect from Their Peers

September 1, 2016 - Hospitalists have been treating patients for two decades, but many feel that that they don't get the respect they deserve. [ more ]

After 20 Years, What's Next for Hospitalists?

August 11, 2016 - When the idea of a hospitalist — a doctor, usually an internist, based in the hospital and specializing in caring for patients with complex cases — first emerged 20 years ago, it was considered novel, even fringe. Today, hospitalists in the US rival pediatricians in number and have developed into an essential field in healthcare. [ more ]

Competition for New Docs Pushing Pay Higher

July 20, 2016 - In some parts of the country, you have to get up early to recruit an orthopedic surgeon—at least 18 to 24 months early. Michael Patterson, CEO of Mississippi Valley Surgery Center in Davenport, Iowa, began recruiting the latest addition to his orthopedic practice while he was still in residency. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

July 18, 2016 – Great week for the Primary Care Team. They assisted three Physicians in securing new opportunities. [ more ]

Healthcare Hiring Momentum Leads to Another 38,500 Jobs in June

July 11, 2016 - Despite a hectic presidential election, bumpy domestic jobs market and global economic uncertainty, the U.S. healthcare industry continues to pump out jobs as if it were the dawn of the industrial revolution. [ more ]

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