2012 MMS Physician Workforce Study

The Massachusetts Medical Society's 11th annual Physician Workforce Study found that seven physician specialties in Massachusetts in short supply:     

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  • Dermatology  
  • Family medicine  
  • General surgery  
  • Internal medicine  
  • Neurosurgery  
  • Psychiatry  
  • Urology  
 

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The study also found continued difficulty in the recruitment and retention of physicians, especially at community hospitals and in areas outside Boston.

The study also noted some positive trends: more physicians say they are familiar with payment reform initiatives such as accountable care organizations and global payments, and more indicated a willingness to participate in one or both of these new models of care. Additionally, slightly fewer physicians said they have altered or limited the scope of their practice for fear of being sued. 

Download the study here. (.pdf, 69 pages)

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