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21 August 2014
Physician Turnover Remains High as More Physicians Retire
AMGA and Cejka Search Also Report Reduction in APC Turnover
ALEXANDRIA, VA (August 19, 2014) - Physician turnover
continues at the highest rate since the first year data was collected in 2005
for the second year in a row. Medical groups reported an average turnover rate
of 6.8 percent in 2013, unchanged from 2012, according to the 9th annual
Physician Retention Survey from the American Medical Group Association (AMGA)
and Cejka Search. The survey also reported turnover of 9.4 percent among
advanced practice clinicians (APCs), which includes physician assistants and
nurse practitioners. This represents an 18 percent reduction in 2013 (in 2012
ACP turnover was 11.6 percent).
The 6.8 percent physician turnover rate in 2012 and 2013 was significantly
higher than the lowest rate of 5.9 percent reported in 2009 at the depth of the
recession, and exceeded 6.4 percent reported in 2005, the first year data was
This increased turnover tracks with findings that retirement is accelerating.
“Retirement” as the reason for separation jumped to 18 percent in 2013, the
highest percentage ever reported (representing a 50 percent increase).
"The survey findings provide evidence that recruitment and retention continue
to be major challenges for health systems," stated Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE,
president and chief executive officer of AMGA. "To rise to these challenges,
medical groups are demonstrating remarkable leadership by investing in new
staffing and delivery models, building and nurturing their teams in a strategic
way, and making accountable care work for their patients and their communities."
"Changing demographics and healthcare reform make efficient recruitment more
important than ever for medical groups,” stated John Gramer, president of Cejka
Search. “Delivering data and insight helps pave the way for more innovative
recruitment and retention solutions in a rapidly changing talent marketplace.”
An electronic version of the 2013 survey is available to AMGA members for
$100 and non-AMGA members for $200.
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About American Medical Group Association (AMGA)
The American Medical Group Association represents some of the nation's largest,
most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations,
accountable care organizations, and integrated health care delivery systems.
AMGA's mission is to support its members in enhancing population health and care
for patients through integrated systems of care. More than 150,000 physicians
practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 120
million patients (approximately one in three Americans). Headquartered in
Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations,
providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy,
educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services,
and financial and operations assistance.
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About Cejka Search
Cejka Search is a nationally recognized physician, health care executive,
advanced practice and allied health search firm providing services exclusively
to the health care industry for more than 30 years. Cejka Search recruits top
health care talent for organizations nationwide through our team of experienced
professionals, award-winning recruitment technology and commitment to service
excellence. Cejka Search is a Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (Nasdaq: CCRN)
company, a leading provider of health care staffing services in the United
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