On April 14, 2016, the Capital Area Physician Experience (CAPE) committee of the Capital Area Health Alliance hosted a community-wide symposium, Community Approaches to Physician Recruitment and Retention.
The event opened with a discussion of the Healthy! Capital Counties project, a partnership between Tri-County hospital systems and health departments to conduct a community health needs assessment and develop an action plan to address the priority health needs identified in the assessment. Linda Vail, MPA, Chief Health Officer for Ingham County, shared information about the project, which completed and released its second community health needs assessment in 2015.
Guest Speaker Allison McCarthy, MBA, of Barlow/McCarthy Hospital-Physician Solutions described challenges and trends affecting recruitment and retention: an aging population of patients and physicians, expanded access, shifting payment systems, new care models emphasizing primary care and changing provider demographics and needs. Nearly 50% of a projected 91,500 physician shortage by 2020 is expected to occur in primary care. Ms. McCarthy suggested that organizations come together on strategies to bring people to the Capital Area, promoting what – beyond geography – differentiates the community from others in the state or country.