Health systems have historically utilized Medical Staff Development Plans to build physician recruitment plans that address community needs in their market. For most health systems, this involves performing a provider supply and demand study, evaluating medical staff age issues, and building a limited physician-focused recruitment plan that focuses on addressing gaps in community need.
Today’s healthcare environment demands that Medical Staff Development Planning evolve to a more strategic function, given the importance of providers in the execution of a health system’s overall strategy. Also, given the relative lack of physicians in relation to demand, plans must more closely evaluate the recruitment and deployment of Advanced Practitioners, not just in primary care but in specialty practices as well.
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