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Impact of Locum Tenens on Physician Recruiting Industry on Display at ASPR Annual Conference

Dallas, Texas – May 1, 2018– The National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) recently exhibited at the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

ASPR is the leading organization for in-house physician recruiting professionals, over 600 of which were in attendance at last week’s event to discuss current issues being faced throughout the industry.

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National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® Announces Stacey Stanley as President, New Members to Board of Directors

April 20, 2017

National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®Announces Stacey Stanley as President, New Members to Board of Directors

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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC): Increasing Speed to Market for Locum Tenens

Medical providers who wish to practice in multiple states have traditionally faced a timely and cumbersome licensure process to do so. Therefore, many locum tenens companies have entire departments dedicated to helping physicians and advanced practitioners complete the necessary verification and credentialing requirements needed to begin any assignment. This includes assisting providers who need to attain (or renew) their license to practice medicine, a process that’s historically taken as long as six months in a single state.

Therein lies the recent good news from the Federation of State Medical Boards regarding the onset of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (or “IMLC”), designed to expedite the process for physicians to obtain multiple licenses through a single application.

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Locum Tenens Industry Meets New Healthcare Staffing Challenges

The use of locum tenens physicians and advanced practitioners has risen to become the predominant staffing solution for our nation’s ongoing shortage of providers and increased demand for care.

I’ve blogged in the past about the doctor shortage. It’s a familiar issue we’ve been facing for decades now. However, there are some additional challenges that have surfaced in recent years that are also driving the need for locum tenens.

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One Solution to Short-Staffed Medical Practices - (Physicians Practice)

The key to avoiding practice turnover and retaining today's medical providers is to focus on their overall job satisfaction from day one. Keeping a pulse on the health and well-being of your staff to look for early signs of burnout, and paying close attention to the concerns of their loved ones outside your practice are vital.

Top Reasons for Turnover

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Demand for Locum Tenens Continues in 2017

As we pass the midway point of 2017, the demand for locum tenens staffing continues to trend upward.

The need for locum tenens remains driven in part by the shortage of full-time providers. Meanwhile, our industry is also experiencing an influx of new in-house recruiters constantly challenged with maximizing their facility’s revenue stream by adjusting to a mix of permanent and contract providers.

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Thankful for Care During the Holiday Season

Reduce stress on healthcare staff over the holidays; deliver exceptional care and patient outcomes with a locum tenens provider.

The holiday season is a time for family; joy, giving thanks, and holiday cheer.

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Physicians’ Prescriptions for a Better Workplace: Top 10 Ways to Reduce Stress in the New Year

Physician burnout is a real and growing problem. As healthcare providers begin 2018, instead of just focusing on physical health resolutions like eating healthier or working out more, many of their colleagues suggest focusing on improving mental health, specifically reducing stress in the workplace. recently surveyed physicians and advanced practitioners for their opinions on mental health in their work environment. Out of 2,438 clinicians who responded to the question “how much stress do you face in the workplace,” the majority of physicians answered “a lot of stress” while almost all advanced practitioners were split between “a lot” or “a little” stress.

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The Impact of Locum Tenens - (Physicians Practice)

Last August, the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations (NALTO) celebrated the first-ever National Locum Tenens Week. The healthcare staffing industry is doing so again this week, and it’s an opportunity to thank locum tenens providers for their dedication to serving millions of patients at medical facilities every day in this country.

As many as 50,000 doctors, more than 5 percent of the physician workforce, practice medicine as a locum tenens doctor in more than 90 percent of our healthcare facilities to provide care for an estimated 7.5 million Americans every year, according to a recent report.

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National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) Leads Healthcare Staffing Industry in Annual Celebration of National Locum Tenens Week

Dallas, Texas – August 13, 2018 – The National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) is leading healthcare staffing firms this week in the annual celebration of National Locum Tenens Week, recognizing locum tenens physicians for their ongoing contributions in meeting our nation’s healthcare needs.

“We’re proud to lead our industry again in acknowledging those physicians who devote themselves to practicing locum tenens and show our appreciation for their dedication in serving patients throughout our communities,” says Stacey Stanley, NALTO® President.

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Ensuring continuity of care during a physician vacancy - (Physicians Practice)

Having a physician vacancy is not a viable option for today’s medical practices, yet many practices find themselves short-staffed and are suffering the consequences.

Last year, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offered new research on the physician shortage, which is now projected to reach as high as 120,000 doctors by the year 2030. This ongoing disparity between supply and demand continues to drive the cycle of physician turnover.

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Small town doctor, big time impact - (Physicians Practice)

Rural America often seems to reflect the deficiencies of our healthcare system in the most profound way. Even though it represents a much smaller portion of the population than urban and suburban areas, it signifies the front lines of many of the issues we face today.

Those who live in remote regions of the country are statistically more disadvantaged than those in metropolitan areas, both socioeconomically and with respect to access to healthcare services. Rural communities are challenged by lower incomes, less access to technology, and higher levels of poverty. It’s an older population, and they’re more reliant on social services than those living in urban centers. It’s also the segment of the population that needs us most yet receives the least amount of medical resources.

The number of physicians per 10,000 people is 13 to 31, rural versus urban, according to the National Rural Health Association. They continue to lack coverage and, even for those who have coverage, they often live hours from the appropriate care they require. What’s astounding is the shortage of specialists when comparing rural to urban communities. The discrepancy is a shocking 30 specialists in remote areas to 263 available to metropolitan areas per 100,000 people.

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National Locum Tenens Week, August 13 – 17, 2018, Brought to you by NALTO®

Thank you to everyone who made our first-ever National Locum Tenens Week a success last year. According to our survey, over 80% of healthcare staffing companies recognized the inaugural promotion. The feedback we received told us to keep it simple for companies to get involved again in 2018, offer the marketing toolkit earlier and with minimal changes to its assets.

With that in mind, here’s a quick update on what to expect from NALTO® for this year’s promotion, restate our purpose and communicate the valuable opportunity that lies in promoting our industry together.

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Short-Staffed: The Cost of Practice Vacancies (Physicians Practice)

The challenge for medical practice managers facing a vacancy of physicians or advanced practitioners right now is arguably more difficult than the same battle faced by their counterparts with ties to larger healthcare delivery systems.

Major hospitals, regional medical facilities, networks comprised of multiple clinics, and practices employed by the like have more resources at their disposal when approaching this issue. Corporate healthcare hiring managers have more provider bandwidth in the event of turnover, more time to react, deeper pockets for prolonged searches, in-house recruiters at their disposal, and access to a number of other resources that are more applicable to an organization of their size.

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Improving the Customer Experience at Your Practice - (Physicians Practice)

Shaping the Customer Experience

In recent years healthcare staffing made a concerted effort to be held accountable to the customer experience it provides to physicians and medical facilities. I was fortunate to help a firm implement the same system now used as the benchmark for service quality across our industry. From that experience I learned some valuable lessons worth sharing with practices concerned with improving their reputation.

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National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) Holds Annual Convention, Announces New Members to Board of Directors

Dallas, Texas – March 16, 2018 – The National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) held its annual convention last week in Orlando, Florida, where it announced five new members to its Board of Directors:

Cristina Muise, MBA, PhD, President, Medicus Healthcare Solutions
James Heil, Regional Vice President, The Delta Companies
Gregory Prine, Vice President, Weatherby Healthcare
Jeff Schaal, Managing Partner, VeloSource
Matt Young, Chief Operating Officer, All Star Recruiting
Anne Anderson, Executive Vice President, Medical Doctor Associates (re-elected)

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National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) Members Recognized as Inavero’s 2018 Best of Staffing®

Dallas, Texas – March 7, 2018 – The National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) announced today that a number of its members recently won Inavero’s Best of Staffing® awards. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing recognizes those companies who’ve proven to be the industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings provided by clients and temporary employees they’ve helped find jobs.

“We’re proud to see so many of our member companies recognized for providing the highest level of customer service in the industry,” says Stacey Stanley, President of NALTO. “Their dedication to Best of Staffing aligns with our organization’s mission to be the ‘gold standard’ of temporary physician staffing, committed to the highest level of ethics and accountability in the locum tenens industry.”

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Locum Tenens Docs Primed to Care for an Aging Population - (Physicians Practice)

Each day, the number of Americans joining the ranks of our aging population is increasing more than ever before. According to the US Census Bureau, the population of seniors (65+) in the U.S. has passed 50 million for the first time in history and is projected to pass 70 million in the next 25 years. We simply have more people getting older and living longer than any previous generation.

In health care staffing, the issue of our aging population has long been a major factor in what drives the ongoing physician shortage, which some studies project may reach 100,000 doctors by the year 2030 (AAMC 11/17).

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Locum Tenens Predictions for 2018 - (Physicians Practice)

Contrary to the everyday 'breaking news' cycle, there are positive stories to share from this year, including in healthcare staffing. Maybe it isn't as much about the crisis that we always face, as it is how we respond to be part of the solution.

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Preparing for A Locum Tenens Provider to Join Your Team

The addition of a locum tenens physician to your facility’s team yields the most effective results by first properly preparing them to provide coverage in conjunction with your existing medical staff.

Unlike allied healthcare or nurse travel personnel who are procured for 13-week assignments or longer, doctors practicing locum tenens are expected to fill very specific roles that unfortunately don’t allow them the luxury to ramp up as they go.

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