As we wrap up the month of January, many of our clients, whether they’re small privately-owned practices or large multi-facility health systems, are feeling the pressure to hire providers. Here are some ways in which you can kick-start your recruiting efforts for 2018.
It goes without saying that you can’t plan for growth if you don’t know what kind of growth to expect. Forecasting can be a great way to get a handle on what’s coming in the future. The more information you have, the more accurate your forecasting will be, but even at a basic level, planning ahead for growth can save a lot of headaches down the road.
Another way to scale your business is by hiring part-time providers. As a healthcare recruiting firm, we’ve worked with many clients to bring on part-time physicians and mid-level practitioners to help scale their capacity for care as their patient volumes increase. Sometimes these part-time roles evolve into full-time jobs and, other times, they stay part-time, but might start at 1 day per week and turn into 2-3 days per week. Another advantage to hiring a provider on a part-time basis is that we offer lower recruiting fees. We realize that a part-time provider will bring in less revenue than a full-time provider, so we have scaled our fees to reflect this.
Many physicians, as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, start looking for opportunities a few months before they finish their training programs. If you know you will be hiring in the near future, new providers can make ideal candidates as their timeline is known and they are often open to relocation. Starting the conversation early allows both sides to communicate their needs with plenty of time for negotiation.
When it comes to attracting healthcare providers, a good mix of compensation package and schedule can make your opportunity look much more attractive than the competition’s. It’s also important to be flexible with your schedule and package, as some providers will place more emphasis on certain benefits or what their start time is over others.
We hope your recruiting efforts for 2018 are off to a great start, and hopefully these tips have given you some helpful food for thought.