Barton Associates Locum Tenens Hospitalist Team Expands in 2011, Prepares for 2012 Demand

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Barton Associates, a leading national Hospitalist locum tenens physician staffing agency, announces a strong close to 2011 and prepares to meet increased 2012 demand in the Hospitalist locum tenens industry.

Barton Associates Locum Tenens Staffing

Barton Associates Locum Tenens Staffing

There is a significant shortage of physicians across the U.S. (including Hospitalists). This shortage is expected to peak in 2020.

Barton Associates experienced significant growth in the locum tenens Hospitalist staffing market in 2011. With four teams of Hospitalist physician recruiters and account managers serving clients nationwide from offices in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida, Barton Associates expects this growth to continue into the 2012-2013 time-frame and beyond. Learn more about Barton Associates at http://www.bartonassociates.com.

Key 2011 Numbers:

  • The number of locum tenens staffing requests handled by Barton Associates Hospitalist staffing teams increased by 43% in 2011 (v. 2010).
  • The average length of each assignment handled by Barton Associates increased by 152% in 2011 (v. 2010). This is a strong indicator that healthcare facilities are increasingly relying on locum tenens physicians to solve long term, persistent staffing challenges.

Barton Associates Expects Continued Growth in the Hospitalist Market

The Barton Associates Hospitalist locum tenens team remains confident that growth in the Hospitalist staffing sector will continue into the 2012-2013 timeframe, due to a variety of factors, including:

  • Increased implementation of Hospitalist programs:

         - Hospitalist programs are a key selling point for healthcare facilities and can lead to increased admissions and increased revenue.
         - Hospitalist programs provide facilities with an opportunity to implement efficient processes and effective cost control strategies when compared to the traditional model.
         - Hospitalist programs can lead to higher quality and more efficient patient care when compared to the traditional model.

  • There is a significant shortage of physicians across the U.S. (including Hospitalists). This shortage is expected to peak in 2020. The physician shortage is putting significant strains on the Primary Care market, making Hospitalist programs a critical asset.
  • Demand for Hospitalists will continue to grow due to many other factors, including pending health care legislation and aging populations. Due to the length of time it takes to train physicians and systemic constraints in the American medical education system, it is likely to take 10 or more years for the supply of MDs to begin to match demand.
  • The shift-based nature of Hospitalist positions makes locum tenens staffing a good option for under staffed hospitals and physicians looking to earn additional income.

Barton Associates is Well-Positioned to Support Growth in the Hospitalist Market

Barton Associates is committed to growing with the Hospitalist locum tenens market.

  • In 2011, Barton Associates developed Hospitalist teams in Connecticut and Florida (in addition to an existing team in Massachusetts) to effectively manage increased demand. Barton Associates is currently planning to add an additional Hospitalist team on the West Coast in the 2012-2013 timeframe to support continued growth in the market.
  • In 2011, Barton Associates increased the size of its Hospitalist team to support demand and plans to increase staff by an additional 50% in 2012 through physician recruiter and account manager hiring.
  • Barton Associates will solidify its position as experts in the locum tenens Hospitalist market through rigorous training on the Hospitalist field and how best to serve clients in the sector.
  • Barton Associates established a new license assistance program in 2011 whereby Barton can pay new state license fees and handles licensing logistics for physicians. Barton will expand this program in 2012 and continue to improve its ability to support clients in need of coverage and provide new job opportunities for locum tenens Hospitalists.

As the Hospitalist locum tenens market continues to expand, Barton Associates will continue to take the steps needed to capitalize on that demand and provide high-quality, efficient, and effective locum tenens staffing services throughout the United States. Learn more about Barton Associates at http://www.bartonassociates.com.

Barton Associates (http://www.bartonassociates.com) is a leading national locum tenens staffing firm serving physicians, nurse practitioners, and healthcare facilities and practices across the United States from offices in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida.

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