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Vacation Time for Senior Physiatrists

A physiatrist contacted me today asking about the average number of vacation days for a senior physiatrist. My guesstimate is about 6 weeks. As I said to him, the number of vacation days as a benefit are often negotiable especially when you are a senior physiatrist and not tied to a particular number.
There is not alot of information available on this subject. I couldn’t find any information specific to career level and the number of vacation days. In general across all levels, an article from the August 27, 2018 New England Journal of Medicine says that Paid Time Off benefits [ . . . ]

New Medicare Proposal Would Allow Non-Physician Practitioners to Perform Some Inpatient Work Done by Physiatrists

This proposed rule would update the prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2021. As required by statute, this proposed rule includes the classification and weighting factors for the IRF prospective payment system’s case-mix groups and a description of the methodologies and data used in computing the prospective payment rates for FY 2021. We are proposing to adopt the most recent Office of Management and Budget statistical area delineations and apply a 5 percent cap on any wage index decreases compared to FY 2020 in a budget neutral manner. We are also proposing to [ . . . ]

How do I Know if a Physiatry Practice is Busy Enough to Add a New Doctor?

A physiatry resident recently asked me this question.  It reminds me that on occasion I’ve been told by PM&R doctors that the reason they’re calling me to find a new position is because the practice they’re at isn’t busy enough to support them.  Here are some ways to possibly identify beforehand whether a physical medicine and rehabilitation practice you’re considering joining is busy enough to support you:

  1. Ask why they’re adding a new physiatrist.
  2. Make sure there’s a salary as opposed to an incentive based compensation.  Also, that the salary is the major chunk of your compensation as compared to [ . . . ]

Why Can’t I Find a Physiatrist

A practice recently asked me why they can’t find a physiatrist.  There are so many possible reasons.  First might be the practice mentality.  Each practice is unique.  Your practice might not fit the ideal of most candidates.  If you’ve lost several doctors, it might be time for introspection.  However, just as they say, there’s someone for everyone, so holds true with doctor recruitment.

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