Approximately 63% of the reported searches were for hospital or integrated delivery systems, while 13% were for physician-owned practices.
The study found that physician turnover has been on the rise over the past three years; from 5.6% in 2010, to 6.3% in 2011, to 7.2% in 2012. "This trend is not surprising," Metivier said. "With the improvement in the economy and the housing market, we're seeing more physicians being able to relocate or retire, resulting in increased turnover."
The ASPR findings are consistent with those of other physician recruiters. In August Merritt Hawkins noted in its annual report that family physicians topped the list of the 20 most sought-after specialties for seven straight years.
Merritt Hawkins said the demand for primary care doctors is being fueled by health reform mandates that will shift healthcare delivery away from fee-for-service and toward quality outcomes, wellness, and population health.