The Must-Know Healthcare Recruitment Trends for 2017

Healthcare Recruitment Trends You Should Follow in 2017

In their annual report highlighting the key issues impacting healthcare in the upcoming year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) pegs 2017 as “a year of uncertainty and opportunity”. Healthcare appears to be at a crossroads with the election of Donald Trump and the projected first performance year for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

PwC notes that President-elect Trump has made repealing and replacing the ACA one of his top priorities, but most insurers will continue forward with the plans they have made involving MACRA. A cloud of uncertainty will remain until President-elect Trump gets into office and begins making plans for the future of healthcare in the United States.

But while the bureaucratic process sorts through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), state health insurance exchanges, and Medicaid, patients will continue to get sick, visit the hospital, and seek care from medical professionals. At the same time, healthcare facilities across the nation will be recruiting physicians to provide care for these patients. As we move into this year of uncertainty and opportunity, healthcare administrators must be prepared to adapt and innovate in the midst of a transforming healthcare system.

Following are some of the must-know healthcare recruitment trends for 2017:

Repeal and replace

Health organizations must be prepared for potential gains and losses of insured consumers due to modifications to the ACA.

Value-based care

The beginning of 2017 marks the first performance year for MACRA. Providing remedies for doctors drowning in data and minimizing the administrative burden on physicians will be vital.

Expanding technology use

The 21st century has introduced a wide variety of technological platforms into the healthcare industry. The coming year should not be any different with the advent of virtual reality, drones, 3D printing, and much more. Administrators must develop a strategic plan for coordination of technology use with physicians.

Aging physician workforce

A significant percent of physicians are at or near retirement age. Administrators need to be aware of any upcoming recruiting needs brought about by the retirement of their physicians.

Mental health in demand

In Merritt Hawkins 2016 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives, psychiatry ranked as the second most requested search assignment. Recruiting psychiatrists is likely to become increasingly difficult as more and more facilities look to fill their mental health needs.

As the healthcare industry evolves, administrators and clinicians must keep pace. Staying up to date with changes in value-based care, technology use, and government action will help healthcare facilities in their pursuit of being modern and consumer-oriented systems.