2010 Survey of Healthcare Executives - AMN Healthcare

November 14, 2012

2010 Survey of Healthcare Executives

Nearly three-quarters of healthcare executives responding to a April 2010 survey say healthcare reform will have a negative impact on their facilities, while more than 60 percent note that reform will have a somewhat or very detrimental effect on the quality of care their facilities are able to provide. In addition, the survey suggests that the majority of healthcare executives believe reform will create more patient demand for the services they offer and therefore a need for more clinicians. Sixty-two percent of those surveyed said healthcare reform will cause them to add more physicians, 56 percent said reform will cause them to add more nurses, and 56 percent said healthcare reform will drive them to add more allied healthcare professionals. These are among key findings from AMN Healthcare’s 2010 Survey of Healthcare Executives: Initial Response to Healthcare Reform on Cost, Quality. The survey collected data from 172 respondents within a month of health reform being signed into law by President Obama.

Overview

Hospital and medical group executives will be among the many “end users” of the new healthcare system put into place by healthcare reform. Post reform, these hospital and medical group executives will be responsible for responding to shifting patient volumes, new levels and methods of reimbursement, and the emerging practice patterns of the millions of physicians, nurses and other clinicians they employ.  

AMN Healthcare, the largest healthcare staffing company in the United States, conducted a survey of hospital and medical group leaders to determine their initial reaction to health reform and how they believe it will affect the quality of care and financial viability of their facilities. 

The survey was sent by email to 7,000 healthcare executives on April 7, 2010, two weeks after health reform was signed into law by President Obama. One hundred seventy-two responses were received by April 15, a 2.45% response rate. 

The survey suggests that the majority of healthcare executives view healthcare reform with concern and are pessimistic about its effects on their facilities. 

Only about one in five of those surveyed (22%) were greatly or moderately pleased by the passage of healthcare reform, while almost three out of four (72%) were either somewhat concerned or very concerned about passage of the new law. 

Similarly, 63% said health reform will have a somewhat detrimental or very detrimental effect on the quality of care their facilities are able to provide, while only about 23% of executives said that healthcare reform will have a somewhat beneficial or very beneficial effect on the quality of care their facilities are able to provide to patients.