There also is flexibility in location, Dr. Holman notes.
“Now, with Cogent HMG, [hospitalists] have even more choices in terms of relocating within the same company,” he says. “So they can keep all of the benefits, keep all of the knowledge and familiarity of the system and philosophy of care that we employ, and just be able to transfer.”
Dr. Houff says the majority of newly recruited physicians are coming out of residency but that the company is attracting physicians in the middle of their careers, along with physicians having backgrounds beyond internal medicine.
In Tallahassee at Capital Regional, Dr. Geers says that he feels there is support from the company that can protect his job quality, with “a little bit more room to negotiate with the hospital if the hospital wants us to take on new responsibilities.