Demand for primary care doctors peaks

Gone are the days when radiologists and cardiologist were amongst the most in demand specialties in healthcare; family practice and general internal medicine physicians have taken over as the two top sought after specialties.

According to a survey, need is driving the demand for primary care physicians; listed below are the major reasons for this increased demand:

  • Many healthcare groups are in the process of forming patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), ACOs, and various other employment models which have strengthen the demand for primary care physicians as they form the base for these emerging delivery systems.

  • There is a shortage of primary care physicians as the number of medical students willing to opt for primary care is very low.

  • Practice style and physician demographics are additional factors inhibiting the supply of primary care physicians; many physicians are looking for part-time practice work or more structured practice hours that fit better with their personal lifestyles.

  • Population growth in the United States is creating a greater demand for primary care physicians. An estimated 32 million uninsured are expected to join the ranks of medically insured under healthcare reform, so the healthcare system is likely to register a surge in the demand for Primary care physicians.

To attract and retain primary care physicians, healthcare organizations continue to offer massive signing bonuses and relocation and medical education allowances in recruitment packages. Also, it has become very important for these healthcare organizations to keep their revenue cycle intact in order to properly pay their current employees to retain them. It makes good business sense to improve the revenue cycle by letting an expert handle this; can provide the best solutions for optimizing the revenue cycle and consultancy services for the changing industry norms.