Advice on hiring for physician practices

Connected coverage - selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine

Posted June 25, 2012

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Physician practices are expected to be very busy hiring staff. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number of people working in physician offices is expected to grow 32.7% over a decade, from 2,315,800 in 2010 to 3,073,600 in 2020.

American Medical News has addressed many facets of practice hiring, with experts and other practices offering practical advice on making sure the people who are hired work out as well as physicians hope they will.

Hiring for your medical practice's culture

The success, or failure, of a new hire might come down not to technical skills or previous experience, but to something less tangible — how that person's personality and professional style fit into your practice. Read more

Should your practice use a credit report in hiring?

More businesses are including credit reports in employee background checks as a way to get more information on a candidate, particularly whether the hire has a personal financial history that could signal potential for embezzlement or productivity problems. But for a practice, running a credit report might not be a good idea, and in some cases it might not even be legal. Read more

Bringing PAs and NPs on board: What to do if you're hiring

Often, there is one question a physician practice doesn't ask itself when hiring a nurse practitioner or physician assistant — a seemingly simple question that, if not asked, could result in that hire not meeting the goals of the practice. Read more

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Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

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American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

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Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

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Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

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Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

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How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

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Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

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Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

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