The Anonymous Physician:  Physician Retention The Anonymous Physician column provides physicians with a platform to discuss pressing issues in healthcare. From time to time, we pose a question to a doctor, or a group of doctors, and post their answers anonymously, giving them the freedom to be frank and uninhibited. After all, we believe the…

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Aligning executive compensation can aid in hospitals’ recovery Healthcare organizations are looking to their boards to help guide them through the transition into a post-pandemic world. Becker’s recently highlighted the top five concerns healthcare boards have as they plan for recovery and a return to normal. One of them is making sure their compensation programs…

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Physician input leads to fairness Hospitals often rely on Fair Market Value (FMV) surveys to help them determine how much to pay physicians for services like taking unassigned call. While these surveys are a good place to start, they’re also problematic. Most of the hospitals we visit would only be able to pay a few…

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Physician retention hinges on communication The rise in hospital employment, combined with physician shortages, has made physician recruitment more competitive than ever for hospitals. Many are struggling to find ways to distinguish themselves in a crowded and heavily regulated market.    Given the amount of resources going toward recruitment, it came as a surprise when…

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Struggling healthcare organizations need sustainable solutions The economic impact of the pandemic has been hardest on hospitals in rural and underserved communities, many of which were already struggling to remain viable due to pre-pandemic financial strain.   Organizations on the brink   Mercy Hospital, the oldest in Chicago, announced this week that it has filed…

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A practice transition strategy that safeguards autonomy The prevalence of mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare community is showing no signs of waning. The 2020 Kauffman Hall M&A report stressed the remarkable nature of the fact that M&A activity remained “within historic range” during the pandemic when healthcare organizations were focused on immediate pressures brought…

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The Anonymous Physician:  Employment verses private practice To create a safe platform for physicians to discuss pressing issues in healthcare, we’re launching an Anonymous Physician column. From time to time, we’ll pose a question to a doctor, or a group of doctors, and post their answers anonymously, giving them the freedom to be frank and…

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Happy National Women Physicians Day Today is the fourth National Women Physicians Day. The date of February 3rd was chosen in honor of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, who was born on this day in 1821. Dr. Blackwell was the first female doctor in the United States and was instrumental in the promotion of education for women…

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Healthcare executive retention plans can be justifiable and effective Genesis HealthCare came under scrutiny this week when The Washington Post reported that its CEO retired just months after receiving a retention bonus of $5.3 million. At the time of the arrangement, the nursing home chain was already in financial crisis and facing a higher coronavirus…

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Hospital pay equity: it all comes down to fairness Becker’s Hospital Review recently reported that a clinical psychologist has sued Northern Light Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine after learning that her salary was nearly half that of her male colleagues. While she was earning $50 an hour, the men were earning $90 or $95 an…

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