The Association of American Medical Colleges has been lobbying Congress to find ways to address what's expected to be a devastating physician shortage. AAMC CEO Dr. Darrell Kirch spoke to Modern Healthcare about issues facing the next generation of physicians.
There's been a drop in the number of foreign-born medical graduates applying for residencies in the U.S. at the same time that the country struggles with physician staffing shortages. Industry stakeholders worry the decline comes from recent efforts to stem immigration.
Mary Kingston will replace Rand O'Leary, who left the Vancouver, Wash.-based organization in April. She will oversee four hospitals.
Healthcare continues to be a job generator, adding a net total of 24,000 positions in April alone. But the news isn't all rosy. Major shortages are expected in some critical areas over the next decade, including a potential gap of 121,000 physicians by 2030.
No stone is left unturned as providers continue to look for ways to tighten their belts. Outsourcing continues to be one of the most favored approaches, although exactly where outsourcing is taking place may come as a surprise.
A strong and steady exodus of baby boomers from healthcare management has providers rethinking the direction of their organizations.
Healthcare added 24,400 jobs in April, a slight improvement from the previous months gains. Ambulatory healthcare services represented 70% of those new hires.
Atrium Health will release Mecklenburg Medical Group physicians from noncompete provisions and allow them to form their own practice.
The merger of Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System will result in 150 layoffs, according to the combined system's executive chairman. Another 49 empty positions will also be eliminated.
Job growth in the healthcare sector improved in March, with the biggest gains in ambulatory services. After adding jobs in February, residential mental health facilities saw a staffing drop last month.
Atrium Health's biggest physician group, Mecklenburg Medical Group, sued the North Carolina-based system to get out of its employment restrictions so it can practice independently.
Dr. Steven Allen, CEO of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, will retire in June 2019. He has led the pediatric hospital since 2006.