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Advanced Practitioners Remain a Cost-Effective Asset

A Few Notes on a 2013 Salary Survey Showing Rising Pay The Clinical Advisor’s 2013 Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Salary Survey was a good snapshot of the rising salaries of all Advanced Practitioners. And these salaries have continued to rise since the data were collected. It’s important to note, however, that these professionals continue to be valuable members of any health care team. Since the survey, we’ve seen salaries for Family Practice PAs and NPs rise from $90,500 to closer to $100,000 today. That’s an increase of 8-10%. For Orthopedic PAs, meanwhile, the average figure has gone from $105,000 to $115,000 (...)

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3 Reasons Not to Choose Concorde for Locum Tenens

Otherwise, When Quality Counts, You Should Always Call Us In considering your key criteria for selecting a Locum Tenens staffing partner, certain circumstances just aren’t a good fit with our services and our high standards. 1. You just want the lowest-price option. Concorde holds our candidates and ourselves to the highest standards. That’s why, although we’re competitively priced, we’ll never be your least expensive option. 2. You only want to work with the same physician every time. An expectation that a certain candidate is always open for the job is not a good match with high quality. Why? Because the (...)

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The Affordable Care Act: Where Do We Go from Here?

There’s plenty of speculation, but no one really knows what effects the Affordable Care Act will have on health care staffing. It’s safe to assume the shortage of physicians will intensify due to the influx of new patients. In a few years, the main issue will probably be in Primary Care. But the initial overload may actually be on Specialists – Gastroenterologists, Pulmonologists, Cardiologists, Endocrinologists (diabetes), Oncologists, Rheumatologists, Vascular Surgeons, etc. Why would Specialists be strained before Primary Care? The thinking is that people who haven’t been insured until now haven’t been receiving preventative care. They’re not accustomed to seeing (...)

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Staff Snapshot: Shelly Meyer

Director, Locum Tenens Years at Concorde: 17 years+ With experience spanning two decades at Concorde, Shelly is a key reason so many of our clients and candidates enjoy successful Locum Tenens engagements, as well as a long-term partnership with our firm. How would you describe your role at Concorde? As a matchmaker. When I take a job order, I don’t just ask the practice description questions that everyone asks. I always ask my clients, “If I could locate the perfect candidate, describe what he/she would be like.” When I speak to candidates, I always ask them, “When you imagine providing (...)

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Stay Tuned for the New Physician’s Perspective

Coming soon to @ConcordeStaff on Twitter, we’ll be sharing a rare and valuable glimpse into the world of a next-generation recruit. Starting her last year of medical school, Dr. Sophia will offer insights about her experience to help you better understand the expectations and challenges of today’s new physicians. We’re asking Dr. Sophia to address key issues such as: How has the Affordable Health Care Act affected her training? What challenges does she face when considering good patient care vs. the cost of care? What do physicians like her want most when making the transition into practice? To keep track (...)

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Keys to Keeping Your Best Physicians Around

Hint: Think Beyond the Signing Bonus Are you concerned about losing a new physician in the first few years of hire? Wary of spending a lot to recruit a candidate physician – signing bonuses, relocation, search fees – only to see him or her leave? Here are a few ideas to keep good physicians on board. Right now, most financial packages are weighted toward getting the physician signed. A typical signing bonus is $15K-$20K, depending on specialty, often with a loan repayment component, as well. What does that do for the candidate physician or you in the long run in (...)

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Learning from Your Experience

At Concorde, we enjoy long-term relationships with many of our clients. In the coming months, look for testimonials on our website that review our services & approach. We aim to ensure we continue to meet the high standards expected from our team and look forward to sharing our success. From previous research, we know that Concorde clients value our responsiveness and reliability, along with the consistently high-quality candidates we provide. However, we know we’re only as good as our latest interaction. Therefore, in the coming months, we’ll share feedback directly from our clients and candidates on a new page of (...)

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Staff Snapshot: Jessica Beneker

Risk Management Specialist Years at Concorde: 9 For the physician busy preparing for their next assignment, Concorde team member Jessica has an essential duty as acting liaison between the facility and physician, securing all documentation and requirements necessary to get them on board quickly. How would you describe your role at Concorde? I work directly with physicians to complete our file for insurance coverage, as well as assisting the physician with any licensure and facility requirements. I’m here to take some of the pressure and responsibility off the physician and move things along as quickly as possible so that everything’s (...)

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The Physician Offer Package – 10 Tips to Seal the Deal

The MGMA’s In Practice blog recently offered some helpful insights on developing winning physician compensation packages, based on the organization’s 2012 starting salary survey. Concorde expands on the list with these 10 considerations to give your candidates offers they can’t refuse. With 29 years of experience in the industry, we have seen all kinds of variations in employment offers. Our current market observations suggest the following things to keep in mind: Beyond the contract – Physicians are looking for incentive provisions and some idea of what their compensation will be like after the initial contract is over. Job security – (...)

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Get Inside the Mind of a New Physician

Meet “Dr. Sophia.” She’ll soon be starting her Family Medicine Residency. And as a friend of Concorde, you’ll be able to follow along via Twitter. Be sure to join us for this rare and valuable glimpse into the world of a next-generation recruit. Dr. Sophia has kindly agreed to share insights about her residency experience, bringing you a better understanding of the expectations and challenges of the “new physician.” She’ll address key issues such as: How has the Affordable Health Care Act affected her training? What challenges does she face when considering good patient care vs. the cost of care? (...)

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