Affordable Care Act Poses Challenge for Hospital Recruiters, with Nationwide Physician Shortage Looming in the Near Future

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PracticeLink to host physician job fair in Chapel Hill to connect recruiters with providers.

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In-house physician recruiters play a critical role in health care. Without recruiters, organizations can’t get the providers they need, and without providers, patients can’t be seen

More than 30 million additional Americans have access to health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act. This fact begs the question “are there enough physicians to see them all?” As health care reform and an aging population create a demand for doctors that far exceeds the supply, health care organizations are trying to stay on top of the anticipated physician shortage.

Physician openings take an average of 204 days to fill, according to the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters. And because physicians are the primary revenue drivers for health care organizations, each physician vacancy represents hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue. For this reason, hospitals and other medical groups often have in-house physician recruiting departments dedicated to anticipating provider needs and filling positions as quickly as possible.

“In-house physician recruiters play a critical role in health care. Without recruiters, organizations can’t get the providers they need, and without providers, patients can’t be seen,” said Ken Allman, CEO of PracticeLink.com, the most widely used online physician job bank.

Health care recruiters from across the country will be gathering in Chapel Hill September 23, 2014 with PracticeLink to connect with the providers they need during a physician career workshop and job fair from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Job-seeking physicians and advanced practitioners in training or practice are invited to attend the PracticeLink Job Fair.

Ken Allman and other PracticeLink staff will be available for interviews upon request, to speak about the physician shortage, the challenges facing physician recruiters and the health care industry as a whole.

About PracticeLink
PracticeLink.com is the most widely used online physician job bank. More than 20,000 physicians and advanced practitioners register with PracticeLink.com each year in their search for a new job, and thousands more search the job bank confidentially when looking for a new practice. More than 1,000 recruiters representing more than 5,000 health care facilities nationwide use PracticeLink to recruit physicians and other health care providers.

PracticeLink is headquartered in Hinton, W.Va., and also has offices in St. Louis and Louisville, Ky.

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