June 28, 2023

Interactive cloud-based application provides health care organizations with data-driven insights to develop effective physician and Advanced Practice Provider workforce plans

June 28, 2023 – CHICAGO – SullivanCotter, the nation’s leading independent consulting firm in the assessment and development of rewards programs and workforce solutions for the health care industry and not-for-profit sector, has made adjustments and enhancements to its Provider Needs Assessment (PNA) services to better help hospitals and health systems as they build strategic workforce plans to support service line expansions, care team development, and population health initiatives, while managing for optimal cost and efficiency.

PNA includes three distinct service offerings: PNA Base, PNA Pro, and PNA Enterprise, which provide access to market-specific provider supply and demand data to inform strategic growth planning. For example, zip code-level data can indicate a growing need for specific health services based on aggregated localized claims data, helping health organizations identify opportunities to grow and better serve communities.

Recent enhancements to SullivanCotter’s dynamic PNA application include:

  • Incorporating Advanced Practice Provider (APP) supply and demand information with physician data
  • Refining and expanding the PNA provider specialties, aligned with SullivanCotter benchmarks
  • Updating population demographics and demand utilization with the latest 2020 U.S. Census data projections
  • Applying additional rigor to the study of underlying claims data for a more precise demand calculation
  • Integrating a provider mapping tool to visualize FTE provider counts by specific location
  • Introducing a report generation tool that publishes and archives assessment results
  • Combining the quantitative studies with qualitative assessments and SullivanCotter consulting support to develop provider workforce plans

To meet the needs of all health care organizations, SullivanCotter now offers three distinct levels of services:

PNA Base is structured for an individual hospital and uses an advanced supply and demand methodology to determine net physician needs for client-defined service areas.

PNA Pro supports multiple hospitals with large or shared geographies. It includes additional provider supply research and allows for the incorporation of client-provided provider rosters. The supply data is call-verified for increased accuracy and to provide a comprehensive review of physicians and primary care APPs to determine net need.

PNA Enterprise is the most comprehensive PNA service available to hospitals and health systems. It includes a researched and call-verified supply of providers, comprising an expanded set of APP specialties. It incorporates both the determination of the quantitative net need for custom geographies as well as qualitative analyses to better understand the dynamics of each market, service line, and specialty. PNA Enterprise offers workforce planning insights by tiering recruitment priorities through a series of interviews, studies, and facilitated planning sessions. This culminates in the delivery of a well-defined provider workforce plan.

“Amid an ongoing health care workforce crisis, access to detailed market-specific physician and APP supply and demand data and custom analyses is crucial as leaders optimize clinical resources. Our enhanced PNA services allow organizations to segment provider team needs, enabling them to identify the right numbers and types of providers required to deliver high-quality, affordable, and accessible care that more closely meets their market needs,” said Mark Ryberg, Managing Principal and Physician Workforce Practice Leader, SullivanCotter.

How SullivanCotter Can Help

Along with PNA services, SullivanCotter helps clients improve their physician and APP planning process with PNA application support, subject matter insights, data review guidance, application training, and use case scenarios. SullivanCotter’s PNA services combine data-driven technology, industry-leading benchmark data, and years of physician and APP workforce consulting experience to provide organizations with the information and insights they need to inform key service lines, practice, and payer strategies in an evolving health care environment.

To learn more, request a demo, or view a full list of features and functionality, visit sullivancotter.com/PNA or call 888.739.7039

About SullivanCotter

SullivanCotter partners with health care and other not-for-profit organizations to understand what drives performance and improve outcomes through the development and implementation of integrated workforce strategies. Using our time-tested methodologies and industry-leading research and information, we provide data-driven insights and expertise to help organizations align business strategy and performance objectives – enabling our clients to deliver on their mission, vision, and values.

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