In a column for Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review, Robert Kurtz says that ASCs need to go into recruiting mode for physicians in order to stay successful. Three major issues identified identified by Rajiv Chopra, principal and CFO, for The C/N Group, impacting access to the physicians include a shortage of specialists that’s only going to become wider in physician-patient ratio due to the influx:

On the macro level, there are simply not enough physicians, especially in key specialties, to meet the needs of the current patient base, let alone the additional 32 million people that will become insured under the new health reform law, Mr. Chopra says.

 

Hospitals may have the market covered, too, with more physicians opting to be employed by a hospital or health system rather than run their own practice. For more on the subject, see this month’s feature in Repertoire, A New Call Point.

And it’s not just competition from the hospitals. Physician groups may consolidate and gobble up specialists to add to their pay roll.

Mr. Chopra says these larger practices will often create ‘one-stop shops’ where they have a center of excellence approach with physician offices, rehab/physical therapy, imaging and then surgery as well, which may not only remove some physicians from the market but may also challenge existing ASCs for surgical cases.

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