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Medical Staff Planning and Development

As the US population grows and ages, the physician shortage will continue to increase. It is likely to be exacerbated by an increasing rate of physician retirements. These and other changes will make effective medical staff planning an increasingly important element in executing strategy.

Veralon helps healthcare organizations, including entire health systems, mitigate the impact of this shortage with medical staff planning that establishes priorities for recruitment efforts, and addresses the use of advanced practice clinicians (APCs) where appropriate. We can also document community need to meet regulatory requirements.

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We are unusually exacting in our demand methodologies, using market-sensitive indicators rather than applying national figures.

Physician Community Need Studies

Veralon performs rigorous quantitative assessments of community need for physicians in a hospital’s service area. We use age-adjustments tailored to the local market and then fine-tune where the need for specific clinical specialties differs by race and ethnicity. We have developed planning ratios for more than 30 specialties. When planning for whole health systems, we start with these hospital-specific estimates so that unique community needs are addressed, and then aggregate need across the system.

In assessing physician supply, we consider factors such as full-time vs. part-time status, non-clinical time, and time distribution between multiple offices, where applicable.

If appropriate, Veralon can perform this work at a level that supports the use of hospital resources in recruiting new physicians for the community. We can provide the necessary documentation to ensure compliance.

Medical Staff Development Plan

A medical staff development plan builds on the community need estimates, adding qualitative and quantitative assessments of an organization’s strategic medical staff requirements.

We look at medical staff dynamics, including unmet referral needs. We evaluate the mix and depth of available specialists. We determine where physicians are needed to support strategic initiatives, to replace retiring physicians, and to sustain and grow market share. We evaluate the experience of existing medical staff in working with APCs, and assess state scope-of-practice regulations, to determine the degree to which it would be appropriate to add additional APCs. The result of our medical staff planning is recruitment recommendations by specialty, and projected costs.

Once the type and number of needed physicians/clinicians has been determined, we help you understand the best options for aligning physicians with your organization (e.g. employment vs. other approaches), to achieve recruitment goals and targets. Together, we look at how to integrate recruited physicians into organizational initiatives such as a clinically integrated network, network development, or growth of a service line.