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

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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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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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National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) Announces National Locum Tenens Week August 14-18, 2017

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May 18, 2017

National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) Announces National Locum Tenens Week August 14-18, 2017

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5 Stress Relieving Tips for Healthcare Recruiters

The healthcare field is growing rapidly. The demands on all facets of the industry have increased with this marked growth. Full-time physicians and advanced practitioners, as well as Locum Tenens professionals, are providing great benefits to patients and healthcare facilities across the United States. Arranging these unions between providers and facilities, however, is left in the expert hands of healthcare recruiters. While this position can be exciting, fulfilling, and lucrative, it also has the potential for burnout. Fortunately, healthcare recruiters have the ability to manage their stressors, using a few simple techniques.

The Stressors of Healthcare Recruiting

Every recruiter knows the term “KPI.” Recruiters know that they must meet or exceed these standards in order to become successful in their field. While this challenge can be exciting and can incite healthy competition, it can also be quite stressful. Often, this means making countless phone calls, managing client needs, and creating harmonious provider/facility matches, among other necessary duties.

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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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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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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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National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) Leads Healthcare Staffing Industry’s Inaugural Celebration of National Locum Tenens Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2017

National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations® (NALTO®) Leads Healthcare Staffing Industry’s Inaugural Celebration of National Locum Tenens Week

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Top Reasons for Growth of Locum Tenens Staffing - (Staffing Stream)

Staffing Industry Analysts Staffing Stream: Top Reasons for Growth of Locum Tenens Staffing
August 16, 2017

More than 90% of the U.S. healthcare industry now uses locum tenens physicians in their medical facilities. As we honor those doctors during the first-ever National Locum Tenens Week, here are the top three reasons for the growth of locum tenens staffing.

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Why Locum Tenens is Family Friendly

Why Locum Tenens is Family Friendly

One of the fastest-growing career paths for physicians today is practicing locum tenens. More doctors than ever are choosing to work locums full-time, finding a better family friendly work/life balance than what’s offered through permanent positions.

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Know Before You Go: Preparing for a Locum Tenens Assignment

Whether you’re a seasoned locum tenens physician or you’ve just accepted your first contract opportunity, proper preparation is key to a successful assignment. The following is suggested for all providers to consider before their next start date:

  • EHR

One of the reasons doctors are drawn to locum tenens is the opportunity to get back to basics, and practice medicine in a way that sheds many of the bureaucratic obstacles faced by their full-time counterparts. However, a healthcare facility’s electronic health records (EHR) system is still part of the job that everyone shares. For any locum tenens provider, unfamiliarity with the EHR often equates to the largest time-waster they’ll encounter on any given assignment. Ask your recruiter about the system used by the facility you’re about to walk into, and make sure this administrative duty is not the pain point that stands in your way from quality time with patients.

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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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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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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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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.

LocumTenens.com 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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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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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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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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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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