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3rd Quarter 2013 
October 2012 - September 2013

Industry Perspectives

Behavioral Health: Staying ahead of the shortage - As the demand for behavioral health professionals increases, facilities should consider what implications this may have on facility growth

Marc Bowles, Vice President of Marketing, Physician Group

Behavioral health care continues to be a growing demand throughout the nation. Within the last year, psychiatry has moved to the second most requested search for Delta Physician Placement, according to data from this edition’s Standard.

This increase in demand is forecasted to continue as the current supply of psychiatrists struggles to support a population in need of mental health care. According to a news release from the American Psychiatric Association, the approximate 50,000 psychiatrists currently practicing within the United States is already an inadequate number to serve all patients in need—particularly in rural areas of the country. The release also states that the number of medical students opting to pursue psychiatry as a specialty has continued to decline over the last six years. This figure, coupled with a blog from the National Institute of Mental Health stating nearly 55 percent of practicing psychiatrists are 55 or older, means that over half of the specialty’s professionals are nearing the age for retirement during a time that new students are choosing a different specialty.

All of the above data drives the conclusion that now is the time to consider future behavioral health needs. Developing your behavioral health team may not seem like an immediate priority for your facility, but if you can help predict the growth of your organization and what behavioral health needs may arise, you can avoid running into issues that will surface from the shortage. As the demand continues to rise, facilities will be required to strengthen recruitment efforts to attract top psychiatric talent, meaning greater incentives, higher compensation, and increased investment from the facility.

The stir in psychiatry placements has not been exclusive to permanent positions. Delta Locum Tenens has seen a 50 percent increase in behavioral health job orders over the last four months.

While drawing on locum tenens coverage for behavioral health needs can be an advantageous practice for temporary relief (i.e. filling in for a doctor’s planned absence or utilizing locums coverage while conducting a search for a permanent psychiatrist), relying solely on locum psychiatry should not be a long-term solution.

“Psychiatry is unique from other locum opportunities in that the patient-to-doctor relationship plays a role in the treatment process,” said Hiram Colon, Delta Locum Tenens Recruiting Director. “When a community has a need, you don’t want to let that position go unfilled, or you are cutting off a patient’s access to care. This is where facilities can utilize a locum psychiatrist—to fill an absence or provide temporary care. It is the Band-Aid that stops the bleeding; it’s not the surgery.”

Facility representatives and recruiters that understand the challenges of today’s market will be more prepared to face recruitment barriers as they arise, which is an advantage when trying to attract and retain top talent. Staying ahead of your facility’s staffing needs could help you to avoid future headaches with these challenges—particularly as they relate to staffing during a behavioral health shortage.

Placements & Interviews

Placement Data by Specialty

This data represents average statistics of placements and interviews by Delta Physician Placement over the twelve-month survey period. Since these averages only include placements and interviews, the compensation information presented indicates the rate at which candidates are choosing to interview or sign. Average days information can be used to forecast a probable timeline for a recruitment effort in a particular specialty.

Average Compensation Average Days
Starting Compensation Sign-on Bonus Potential Compensation From Interview to Placement Total Placement Fastest Days-to-Fill
Primary Care
Family Medicine $205,221 $22,487 $235,031 30 131 3
Internal Medicine $225,568 $28,750 $275,000 30 172 74
Pediatrics $196,667 $37,000 $237,500 37 184 83
Psychiatry $213,083 $20,455 $251,417 27 157 1
Obstetrics/Gynecology $295,000 $32,500 $356,250 26 134 78
Surgery
General Surgery $365,225 $32,500 $422,810 26 126 23
Orthopedic Surgery $471,225 $51,250 $587,500 20 155 34
Otolaryngology $436,667 $46,667 $426,667 150 150 125
Urology $412,500 $25,000 $626,163 46 189 136
Sub-Specialty
Cardiology $400,000 $20,000 $700,000 70 97 97
Oncology $300,000 $20,000 $560,000 15 197 197
Neurology $287,500 $15,000 $350,000 15 101 73
Pulmonary Critical Care $357,500 $22,500 $400,000 59 200 200
Gastroenterology $450,000 $45,000 $500,000 78 180 180
Hospital-Based
Anesthesiology $475,000 $20,000 $525,000 21 26 52
Radiology $350,000 $25,000 $700,000 22 53 53
Hospitalist $233,222 $23,889 $283,400 28 180 36
Emergency Medicine $290,200 $24,286 $324,750 21 183 29

Data reflects averages from placements and interviews by Delta Physician Placement from October 2012 through September 2013. “Potential Compensation” data reflects average yearly compensation at full production excluding benefits. “Average Days” data does not include off-contract placements. “Average Days Total Placement” data is calculated from profile to placement.


Placements by Population

Placements by Population

Data indicates the percentage of placements made from October 2012 through September 2013 by the population of the search facility’s metropolitan area.

Candidate Sources

Candidate Sources

Data indicates sources of candidates for placements and interviews from October 2012 through September 2013.

Market Demand

Nationwide Search Distribution

Nationwide Search Distribution

Map represents searches initiated by Delta Physician Placement on behalf of healthcare facilities from October 2012 through September 2013.



Specialty Demand Comparison

3rd Quarter 2013 3rd Quarter 2012
1. Family Medicine Family Medicine
2. Psychiatry Hospitalist
3. Hospitalist Psychiatry
4. Internal Medicine Emergency Medicine
5. General Surgery Family Medicine - Obstetrics
6. Emergency Medicine Internal Medicine
7. Obstetrics and Gynecology Obstetrics and Gynecology
8. Dermatology Pediatrics
9. Family Medicine - Obstetrics Gastroenterology
10. Pediatrics Neurological Surgery
11. Urology Dermatology
12. Anesthesiology Hematology / Oncology
13. Endocrinology Neurology
14. General Practice Ophthalmology
15. Nephrology

Orthopedic - Total Joints

Data compares the top 15 most requested searches initiated by Delta Physician Placement, comparing the 3rd quarters of 2012 and 2013.

Search Specialty Distribution

Search Distribution by Specialty Group

Data indicates the percentage of searches initiated by specialty grouping between October 2012 through September 2013.



Candidate Placements

Top 5 States Providers Have
Taken New Opportunities
1. Texas
2. Iowa
3. North Carolina
4. Wisconsin
5. Montana

Compares all states for the top 5 candidate placements as initiated by Delta Physician Placement from October 2012 through September 2013.

Locum Tenens

Days Requested - Top Specialties

Days Requested

Data indicates the top specialties by days requested from October 2012 through September 2013.

Nationwide Physician Distribution

Nationwide

Data indicates sources of candidates for placements and interviews from October 2012 through September 2013.

3rd Quarter 2013 
October 2012 - September 2013

Industry Perspectives

Increasing your reach: Marketing on a national scale A discussion about advertising efforts for allied opportunities as they relate to recruitment and retention

Trey Smith, Marketing Director, Delta Healthcare Providers 

When it comes to developing a marketing strategy for an open opportunity, many successful placements are with providers from out of state, or even across the country. Tailoring advertising efforts to reflect this reach can help give facilities the competitive advantage they need in recruiting for allied opportunities.

In a recent survey by Delta Healthcare Providers, 68 percent of all allied, rehabilitation, and extenders placed by the company over an 18-month period opted to relocate out of state for a permanent opportunity. Although reasoning for relocation varied on a case-by-case basis, this data enforces the fact that the candidate pool for permanent allied opportunities is nation-wide. Therefore, in order for a facility to have a presence with the optimum distribution of candidates, their opportunity must be presented and marketed from a national scale.

When developing marketing strategy for opportunities in rural communities, facility representatives should consider the true scale of their opportunity, and how it compares with competition nation-wide. In today’s market of instant, viral communication, relying on proximity to a local opportunity has become a thing of the past. National advertising efforts break down regional barriers eliminating proximity as an incentive in the recruitment process. With these barriers disintegrated, rural communities have the opportunity to target providers that are willing to relocate, by presenting their opportunity to an audience that would not be reached through local advertising. In fact, 67 percent of Delta Healthcare Providers' permanent placements from October 2012 to September 2013 were made in communities with less than 50,000 residents, as noted in the Placements and Interviews section of the next page.  

In a previous edition of The Standard, we discussed the importance of presenting a nationally competitive compensation and incentive package for an open opportunity. This paired with an effective, national-reaching marketing strategy, is imperative in the recruitment process and can be extended toward retention initiatives. In an article published by the Journal of Rural Health, researchers found that loan forgiveness and rural training programs were important factors toward recruitment; financial incentives, professional opportunity, and desirability of the locations were key factors in retention.

While a good marketing strategy may be enough to get a provider in the door, screening the candidate pool for the right fit is what makes the difference between filling a job and finding a long-term solution for a community. The best way to ensure clarity between facility and provider is to provide thorough and transparent information about an opportunity and the community it represents. Smart marketing serves as an extension of a facility’s name, and should convey its values, mission, and intent. When this message reaches the right provider, whether they reside in the neighboring county or across the nation, a foundation is created for a lasting partnership that will ultimately benefit both the hiring facility and compatible provider—as well as a patient population in need of stable, quality healthcare.

Placements & Interviews

Placement Data by Specialty

This data represents average statistics of placements and interviews by Delta Healthcare Providers over the twelve-month survey period. Since these averages only include placements and interviews, the compensation information presented indicates the rate at which candidates are choosing to interview or sign. Average days information can be used to forecast a probable timeline for a recruitment effort in a particular specialty.

Average Compensation Average Days
Starting Compensation Sign-on Bonus Student Loan Repayment Relocation Reimbursement From Interview to Placement Total Placements Fastest Days-to-Fill
Rehabilitation
Physical Therapy $81,907 $7,788 $35,813 $3,519 10 79 1
Occupational Therapy $76,785 $9,089 $10,063 $4,220 11 99 9
Speech Language Pathology $75,246 $7,667 - $5,750 3 16 7
Extenders
Nurse Practitioner $99,816 $6,995 $35,545 $6,786 13 81 3
Physician Assistant $107,429 $6,600 $71,500 $4,600 10 80 19
Allied/Other
Registered Nurse $68,711 $7,000 $11,667 $5,281 9 69 15
Medical Technology $52,720 $2,000 - $2,667 8 52 19

Data reflects averages from placements and interviews by Delta Healthcare Providers from October 2012 through September 2013. “Potential Compensation” data reflects average yearly compensation at full production excluding benefits. “Average Days” data does not include off-contract placements. “Average Days Total Placement” data is calculated from profile to placement.


Placements by Population

Placements by Population

Data indicates the percentage of placements made from October 2012 through September 2013 by the population of the search facility’s metropolitan area.

Years of Experience

Years of Experience

Data is compiled from assignments placed by Delta Healthcare Providers from October 2012 through September 2013.

Market Demand

Nationwide Search Distribution

Nationwide Search Distribution

Map represents searches initiated by Delta Healthcare Providers on behalf of healthcare facilities from October 2012 through September 2013.



Candidate Placements

Top 5 States Providers Have
Taken New Opportunities
1. Texas
2. Alaska
3. Iowa
4. Oregon
5. New Mexico

Compares all states for the top 5 candidate placements as initiated by Delta Healthcare Providers from October 2012 through September 2013.

Specialty Demand Comparison

3rd Quarter 2013 3rd Quarter 2012
1. Physical Therapist Physical Therapist
2. Nurse Practitioner Nurse Practitioner
3. Registered Nurse Occupational Therapist
4. Occupational Therapist Registered Nurse
5. Physician Assistant Physician Assistant

Data compares the top 5 most requested searches initiated by Delta Healthcare Providers in the 3rd Quarters of 2012 and 2013.


Staffing

Facility Demographics

Facility Demographics Charts


Assignments by Specialty

Specialty Average Length Contract
to Start Date
Average Length
of Assignment
Occupational Therapist 5 weeks 10 weeks
Occupational Therapy Assistant 1 week 13 weeks
Physical Therapist 5 weeks 10 weeks
Physical Therapy Assistant 3 weeks 11 weeks
Speech Language Pathologist 4 weeks 11 weeks

Data is compiled from assignments placed by Delta Healthcare Providers from July 2013 through September 2013.


Top Licensure States

top_licensure_states

Map represents top licensure states by Delta Healthcare Providers on behalf of healthcare facilities from July 2013 through September 2013.

Years of Experience 

Years of Experience

Data is compiled from travel assignments placed by Delta Healthcare Providers from July 2013 through September 2013.


Licenses Per Quarter

Licenses Per Quarter

Data is compiled from assignments placed by Delta Healthcare Providers from July 2013 through September 2013.


Licensure Cost

Specialty Average Cost of License
Physical Therapist $296.24
Physical Therapy Assistant $247.00
Occupational Therapist $262.93
Occuptational Therapy Assistant $205.00
Speech Language Pathologist $185.00

Data is compiled from assignments placed by Delta Healthcare Providers from July 2013 through September 2013.