Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
Online resources can aid the physician job search
Physicians hunting for a new job don't need to look far for assistance in getting their job search rolling. The AMA provides a number of online resources for job seekers.
Whether you're updating your CV, writing cover letters or preparing for a job interview, AMA members can take advantage of the AMA's job search tips (AMA log-in required).
The JAMA Career Center lists thousands of job openings—searchable by location, specialty and keyword. By creating a free account, you can save jobs of interest, upload CVs and cover letters to easily apply for new job openings, and set up email alerts so you know whenever new jobs matching your specific criteria are posted.
You also can join the AMA's LinkedIn community to network with colleagues around the country and view postings of physician positions featured on the LinkedIn jobs group.
Health insurer monopoly power widespread across U.S.
A new AMA study shows a significant absence of health insurer competition for each of the three most popular managed care plans in the United States.
The 2012 edition of the AMA's Competition in Health Insurance: A Comprehensive Study of U.S. Markets found that 70 percent of the 385 metropolitan areas included in the study lacked health insurer competition. These markets are rated "highly concentrated" based on the Horizontal Merger Guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission in 2010.
"It appears that consolidation has resulted in the possession and exercise of health insurer monopoly power," the study notes, pointing to increased premiums, watered-down benefits and insurers' growing profitability as evidence that highly concentrated markets harm patients and physicians.
Among the least competitive states, a single insurer accounted for a majority share of the health insurance market. For example, in Alabama a single insurer accounted for 88 percent of the state's health insurance market. The 10 least competitive commercial health insurance markets are in the following states: Alabama, Hawaii, Michigan, Delaware, Alaska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Wyoming and Nebraska.