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Primary Care Major Focus in CMS’ 2017 Medicare Proposal

July 8, 2016 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is putting its money where its mouth is, placing primary care at the forefront when it comes to the proposed changes in the Medicare physician fee schedule released this week, write two top officials from the agency in a blog post yesterday. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

July 5, 2016 – Alpha Medical Group is proud that a large portion of our business comes from repeat clients and referrals from the candidates we have helped. In the last two weeks, Alpha has assisted five healthcare professionals in securing positions with new practices. And all of these practices have now hired multiple professional through Alpha. [ more ]

Rising Administrative Costs Have Small Physician Practices Seeking Safety in Numbers

June 28, 2016 - Executives at physician organizations are seeing an unprecedented number of small groups nearing decisions whether to go it alone, join a larger group or seek hospital employment. [ more ]

Docs Say Hospitals, Practices Not Doing Enough to Address Burnout

June 21, 2016 - Physician burnout remains a major concern for primary care doctors and emergency medicine practitioners, 74 percent of whom believe their facility or practice has failed to address the problem effectively. [ more ]

Mental Health Bill Advances to House Floor

June 16, 2016 - A House committee Wednesday voted unanimously in favor of advancing a sweeping mental health reform bill. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act passed 53-0 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is now going to the full House floor. [ more ]

Proposed Legislation Would Bring More Doctors to Rural Communities

June 14, 2016 - In an effort to solve the doctor shortage in many rural areas of the country, a senator from Montana has introduced a bill that would make it easier for physicians in medical residency programs to train and work in rural communities. [ more ]

Female Physicians Discuss Strategies for Success in Rural Practice: Support, Flexibility and Work-Life Balance Are Key

June 10, 2016 – Given that rural communities across the country are facing a shortage of primary care physicians, research that looks at how to get physicians into rural practice and keep them there is important. [ more ]

Replacing Joints Faster, Cheaper and Better?

June 7, 2016 - Before Stacey Cook received the first of two hip replacements last year at an outpatient surgery center in Davenport, Iowa, his surgeon, Dr. John Hoffman, told him he would be standing and walking within a few hours and would go home the next morning. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

June 6, 2016 – Radiology job market continues to improve. A Neuroradioloigst and a Body Imager both accepted new positions last week. As well as a Pediatrician who wanted to move closer to family. [ more ]

Compensation for Primary Care Doctors Outpaced Specialties in 2015

June 1, 2016 - MGMA survey shows surgeons highest paid; less hours doesn't always translate to less pay. It quite literally paid off to be a primary care doctor in 2015, according to a new salary survey from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

May 30, 2016 – Welcome to Summer! Two Physicians will be relocating this summer thanks to the efforts of Alpha's Primary Care Team this week. [ more ]

Hospital Groups Can Take Lead on Data-Reporting Problems

May 25, 2016 - Expert: Improved data submission could help CMS star-ratings problems. Amid a widely-demanded delay of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' latest round of star ratings for hospitals, the ball is in hospitals' court to improve many of the problems the industry sees with the rating methodology, argues a blog post from Health Affairs. [ more ]

Here's What CEOs Think of Candidates' Healthcare Ideas

May 24, 2016 - The nation's top healthcare leaders overwhelmingly back the Affordable Care Act and support its goal of pushing providers away from fee-for-service medicine and toward delivering value-based care, according to Modern Healthcare's second-quarter CEO Power Panel poll. [ more ]

Walgreens To Expand Mental Health Services

May 19, 2016 - Walgreens Boots Alliance will expand mental health services, including access to behavioral health treatment via telemedicine, to expand customer options for treatment, screenings and awareness, the company announced today. [ more ]

Survey: Docs Satisfied With Pay, But Losing Patience With the ACA

May 13, 2016 - Nearly one in five reports a likely or definite career change in the next year. While physicians are generally feeling better about their income in 2015, they're feeling worse about the Affordable Care Act than they have in several years, according to survey results announced by the Medicus Firm. [ more ]

Hospital-employed Docs May Complicate Value-based Care

May 11, 2016 - Physician employment spikes care costs. The nature of the hospital-physician relationship is in a state of flux that could create further instability for both hospitals and the broader healthcare industry, argues a blog post from Health Affairs. [ more ]

Number of Catholic Hospitals in US Has Grown 22% Since 2001

May 5, 2016 - 1 in 6 acute care beds are now in a facility connected a Catholic institution. The number of Catholic-owned or affiliated hospitals in the United States has grown by 22 percent since 2001, and now 1 in 6 acute care beds is in a hospital connected to the church, according to a report released by MergerWatch. [ more ]

These Hospitals Make the Most Money Off Patients — and They’re Mostly Nonprofits

May 3, 2016 - Seven of the top 10 most profitable hospitals in the United States are nonprofit facilities that each netted more than $150 million from caring for patients in 2013, according to a study published Monday. [ more ]

6 Reasons Employers Should Hire New Grad Nurse Practitioners

April 27, 2016 - Many employers understandably shy away from hiring new grad nurse practitioners. The amount of teaching a fresh NP may need seems intimidating. Or, the employer may have had a negative experience with hiring new grads in the past. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

April 26, 2016 - An Orthopaedic fellow will be relocating when he finishes training this summer to a beautiful coastal community just outside Portland, Maine. This placement was put together by Kevin Jones and Robert Longmuir of our Surgery Team.

Nassau County, Long Island will be home to a practicing Pulmonologist when she moves outside of New York City. Catherine Hnat-Blain found this applicant his dream job. [ more ]

Physicians Generate $1.6 Million a Year for Hospitals, Survey Finds

April 14, 2016 - A single physician generates an average $1,560,688 a year in net revenue on behalf of his or her affiliated hospital, according to the Physician Inpatient/Outpatient Revenue Survey released by Merritt Hawkins, the physician search division of AMN Healthcare Services Inc. [ more ]

Hospitals Discover Their Inner Venture Capitalist

April 12, 2016 - When Cedars-Sinai Health System launched a program last year to help young companies get off the ground, it received 500 applications for 11 spots. [ more ]

America’s Facing a Shortage of Primary-Care Doctors

April 5, 2016 - Shortfall is growing especially acute in rural areas. The doctor will not see you now. The U.S. could lose as many as 100,000 doctors by 2025, according to a recent Association of American Medical Colleges report. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

April 4, 2016 – Several Physicians secured new positions this week thanks to hard work Alpha Medical Group recruiters. [ more ]

Tips for Young Docs Deciding Where They Want to Practice

April 1, 2016 - Salary and cost of living are important, but experts say it's also good to keep intangibles in mind. Being a physician may be a high-paying job in general, but making a decision on where to practice can have a marked effect on both the tangible and intangible profits a doctor sees over his or her career, according to an article on WalletHub. [ more ]

Happy National Doctor's Day

March 30, 2016 - National Doctors' Day is held every year on March 30th in the United States. It is a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its' citizens. [ more ]

Tips for Young Docs Deciding Where They Want to Practice

March 31, 2016 - Salary and cost of living are important, but experts say it's also good to keep intangibles in mind. Being a physician may be a high-paying job in general, but making a decision on where to practice can have a marked effect on both the tangible and intangible profits a doctor sees over his or her career, according to an article on WalletHub. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

March 28, 2016 – Alpha assisted three physicians in securing ne positions last week. A Neurologist with an interest in Sleep Medicine, a Pulmonologist with fellowship training in Sleep and an OBGYN. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

March 21, 2016 – An OBGYN Resident, a Cardiology Fellow and a practicing Nurse Practitioner have all secured new positions with the assistance of Alpha Recruiters. [ more ]

How the Mayo Clinic Reduces the Chance of Physician Burnout

March 18, 2016 - Building collaboration and camaraderie among the keys. The Mayo Clinic is tackling the problem of physician burnout with a program that focuses on increasing collaboration and building camaraderie. [ more ]

Med Students are Facing Up to the Rising Price of Education but How Are They Managing Debt?

March 16, 2016 - Young physicians may appear to have it all. Passion. Youth. Slang you don't understand. However, the current national debt average for graduating medical students is $183,000 according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

March 14, 2016 – Our Primary Care Division assisted three physicians and our Psychiatry Department assisted a fellow in securing his first post-training positon last week. [ more ]

Healthcare Delivery Reform: Bigger Isn't Always Better

March 10, 2016 - The healthcare industry is pulling out all the stops to improve care delivery, but many organizations find it easier said than done. One reason is healthcare leaders overlook the benefits of small, low-risk clinician teams, argues a blog post from Harvard Business Review. [ more ]

Physicians on the Move

March 7, 2016 –Residents and Fellows will be completing their training soon and Alpha is busy assisting them in finding their first post-training positions. [ more ]

Physicians May See Shakeup as Patients Have More Care Options

March 4, 2016 - Docs say to embrace innovation, compete with quality and efficiency. Just as Uber has shaken up the taxi industry, healthcare may be in for a similar seismic shift, and physicians need to embrace innovative ways of doing business or they may see their patients turn to other alternatives, two doctors write in a perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine. [ more ]

More PAs Take Jobs in Specialties Rather Than Primary Care

March 2, 2016 - If the healthcare industry was depending on physician assistants (PAs) to help solve the expected shortage of doctors in primary care in the coming years, there may be a problem.  A new study from Duke University School of Medicine has found that the job market is luring more PAs to jobs in specialty care rather than primary care practices. [ more ]

Hospitals Don't Do Enough for Non-English Speaking Patients

March 1, 2016 - The U.S. healthcare system is failing to reach people with limited English proficiency. Clear communication between caregivers and patients is essential to good healthcare, but according to The Daily Beast, the U.S. healthcare system is failing people who have little or no proficiency with the English language. [ more ]

As Rural Hospitals Struggle, Some Opt To Close Labor And Delivery Units

February 24, 2016 - A few years ago, when a young woman delivered her baby at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta, North Carolina, it was in the middle of a Valentine's Day ice storm and the mountain roads out of town were impassable. [ more ]

7 Dynamic Tips for Recruiting Millennial Physicians

February 23, 2016 - Physician recruiters are facing a more challenging and competitive landscape than ever before. Baby Boomer physicians are retiring; Gen-Xers are filling only a portion of their shoes; and recent medical graduates – millennial physicians – are in high demand. [ more ]

Women Leaders Could Boost Hospital Profits

February 19, 2016 - Study of 91 nations finds stronger paternity leave improves boardroom gender parity. The upper echelons of most industries are often thought of as a man's world, and healthcare is no exception. [ more ]

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