Six Facts to Consider When Using Locum Tenens Providers

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Cross Country Locums
Posted:
April 11, 2022 05:14 AM (GMT-04:00)
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If you’re a health leader who makes staffing decisions for your facility, you’ve likely felt the growing pressure to find and maintain adequate coverage. Fortunately, locum tenens support can be a flexible and affordable solution to address today’s staffing needs.

Here are six facts to consider when using locum tenens providers and why so many healthcare facilities turn to locums for support.

Six Facts About Locum Tenens Providers

  1. Locum tenens providers fill many clinical roles. There are physicians, surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and more who are eager to join facilities as locum tenens providers.
  2. Locum tenens physicians and APPs provide both generalized and specialized care. There are locums providers in an array of specialties, including dentistry, internal medicine, family medicine, hospital medicine, emergency medicine, cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, surgery, pediatrics, pathology, psychiatry, radiology, urology and neurology.
  3. Locum tenens providers work in nearly every health setting. Physicians and APPs take locums assignments in hospitals, private practices, urgent care facilities, corrections facilities, rural health facilities, retail clinics, corporate health clinics, academic settings, government agencies, Indian Health Services, Veterans Administration, etc.
  4. Locum tenens reinforcements can ease pressures on permanent staff. Boosting your numbers with locums can help existing providers avoid burnout. Locums support can streamline services, leading to improved patient and provider satisfaction.
  5. Locums can be a cost-effective solution. When you use locum tenens support, you can avoid the cost of benefits and sign-on bonuses. The facility can bill as usual and won’t have a financial impact from a vacancy or provider taking extended time off.
  6. Locum tenens is a flexible solution. The durations of locum tenens assignments, from days to weeks to months, are designed to fit your facility’s needs. Providers who take locums assignments are accustomed to being flexible, so they’re eager to jump in however needed.

Reasons Facilities Choose Locum Tenens Providers

Hospitals, outpatient centers, private practices and healthcare facilities across the nation rely on locum tenens physicians and APPs to fill in when…

  • Permanent providers go on vacation
  • Providers take maternity or paternity leave
  • Providers attend a conference
  • Providers become ill or must quarantine due to COVID
  • You need a vacancy filled temporarily while you take time to interview candidates
  • You want to try out a locums provider to see whether they are the right permanent fit
  • You need staff to meet fluctuating patient volumes
  • You want to increase access to essential services in underserved areas
  • You plan to test new programs or service lines before investing in permanent staff

Request locum tenens support for your facility by connecting with one of our experienced account managers today.

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