Physician Workforce: Greener Grass Depends on Priorities

12 Feb, 2016, 08:05 ET from Pennsylvania Medical Society

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physician blogger Gus Geraci, MD, consulting chief medical officer at the Pennsylvania Medical Society, looks at employment and practice issues for physicians in this edition of the Quality and Value Blog.

UBM Medica recently released its list of "The Best States to Practice In." Using the default setting on the relative value of factors like Cost of Living (25 percent), and 15 percent each for Disciplinary Actions, State Tax Climate, Medicare Geographic Cost Indices (GPCI), Physicians Density, and Malpractice Paid Loss, Pennsylvania ranked 43rd out of 50th.

We all need to move to Idaho, which ranked No. 1. You can adjust what is most important to you on their page and then separately add whatever factors you'd like to weigh by creating your own list.

Value malpractice 100 percent? Pennsylvania moves to 47th. Want to go where you're needed the most (states with the lowest density of physicians)? Pennsylvania ranks 42nd. OK, how about where you might get paid the best – at least according to the GPCI? Pennsylvania breaks out of the bottom 25th, and rises to 14th.

Other folks have done similar measures. Medscape did its by region …

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