MDS is one of the premier firms in the country specializing in strategy, physician/hospital alignment, interim management, compliance, physician compensation, community needs, and medical staff development planning. We have completed hundreds of studies across the United States, including the following:


  • Comprehensive community physician needs assessments with corresponding medical staff development plans
  • Single specialty physician needs assessments, both basic (e.g., family practice, obstetrics, general surgery) and complex (e.g., head and neck cancer surgeon, transplant surgeon, electrophysiologist, pediatric subspecialists)
  • Manpower assessments incorporating need for and use of hospitalists and mid-level providers (e.g., NP, PA, CRNA)
  • Assessment and deployment of medical home model
  • Clinic development and deployment (e.g., FQHC, urgent care, ambulatory surgery)
  • Physician productivity and compensation including determination of fair market value
  • Physician/hospital alignment strategic planning

MDS has extensive experience in the area of physician needs planning and medical staff development. Our project leaders have completed hundreds of engagements across the country for hospital systems, independent acute care hospitals, health districts, academic medical centers, public health organizations, and other healthcare entities. Our methodology balances quantitative and qualitative metrics and typically includes the following core components:

  • Assessment of community physician needs based on legally required physician-to-population ratio modeling, determination of patient access, ease of physician referrals, call coverage, and other metrics
  • Internal medical staff profile and benchmarking against peer hospitals
  • Interviews with key stakeholders
  • Medical Staff and Physician/Hospital Alignment Scorecard™
  • Recruitment roadmap and targets by specialty (2-3 year timeframe) including succession planning
  • Presentations to key oversight groups (e.g., Board, Med Execs)

For more information on Physician Needs/Medical Staff Development Planning contact: consulting@vizientinc.com