Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hospitals May Be Closing in the "New Health Age"

In an era of healthcare reform, the industry can achieve higher quality care and better outcomes for patients by closing and consolidating low-volume hospitals, according to an article by Robert Pearl, MD, a contributor to Forbes.

Dr. Pearl offers an intriguing thesis as well as a fascinating historical account of American hospitals. 
 
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

2013 Physician Workforce Annual Report

Florida's DOH released its 2013 Physician Workforce Annual Report earlier this month. For anyone interested in healthcare economics and health policy, it makes for a fascinating read. Here are a few salient points:

Of the state's licensed physicians, 43,406 (69.7%) are actively practicing in Florida.

Nearly two-thirds (26,778 or 61.7%) of the actively practicing physicians are age 50 or older.

Of the state's active physicians, 14,502 (33.4%) are practicing in primary care (family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics).

Of Florida's licensed and practicing physicians, 32,219 (74.2%) are males and 11,185 (25.8%) are females.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) 2011 State Physician Workforce Data Book, Florida ranks 5th in states with the greatest number of active physicians over age 60. Looking at the age distribution of Florida's physician workforce, 13,283 (30.6%) are age 60 and older and 13,495 (31.1%) are between ages 50-59. It is notable that only 5,040 (11.6%) are under 40 and 11,586 (26.7%) are between ages 40-49.

The full report can be viewed HERE.