We are thrilled to announce that Interim Physicians is a Best of Staffing® Award Winner for Talent Satisfaction for the second consecutive year.
The award is very meaningful because the it's based on a survey completed by physicians and advanced practitioners who’ve worked with Interim this year.
Award winners make up fewer than two percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada who earned the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence.
Once again, Interim Physicians ranked among the highest of the agencies who competed.
Micro-hospitals, hospitals with fewer than 12 inpatient beds, are popping up nationwide in urban and suburban neighborhoods, extending the reach of larger metro hospitals. Strategically located, these ultra small facilities are proving to be an efficient, cost-effective way to bridge the gap between the emergency room and the need for hospital care that doesn't require the infrastructure of a full-service hospital.
At first glance, scoring doctors based on patient satisfaction surveys sounds like a good idea. It's logical to assume that doctors would be more highly motivated to provide the best possible care if they knew they were going to be graded by their patients. Unfortunately, it turns out that patient satisfaction scores may be causing more harm than good.
The high incidence of depression among physicians can no longer be ignored. Several recent reports show that every segment of the profession is at risk, from medical students and residents in training to mid-career physicians and those nearing retirement.
One study found that approximately 25% of medical students and residents suffer from clinically significant symptoms of depression (stat news.com). Another shows that both men and women are highly susceptible to depression during their internship year, but that women are at significantly higher risk than men (healthday.com). The three biggest challenges they face are (1) work-life balance, (2) dealing with time pressures, and (3) fear of failure or making a serious mistake (2016 Medscape survey).
The shift from inpatient care to outpatient care is the new normal, and hospitals are being forced to deal with the bottom-line consequences. Hospital beds are being replaced by thousands of ambulatory surgery centers, free-standing emergency rooms, and urgent-care centers. “In the early 1990s, outpatient care accounted for only 10% to 15% of hospital revenue. Today, that figure is closer to 60%” (modern healthcare.com).