Thought Leadership

5 Tips for Urgent Care Center Physician Staffing

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 by Aaron Risen

It’s no secret that the U.S. faces a shortage of some 90,000 physicians with about half of that shortage in urgent care. It only stands to reason that recruiting and staffing physicians for urgent care centers is difficult, at best, and it’s not going to get any easier. Urgent care is one of the fastest-growing […]

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Recent Trends in the Use of Locum Tenens

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by Carmen Renaldy

When the US Economy went into a recession from about December 2007 to June of 2009 (it actually lasted longer), the usage of locum tenens in hospitals and medical practices also dropped precipitously. With fewer insured patients, Hospitals felt the squeeze and began laying off employees, something unheard of in years past. For elective procedures, […]

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Hospitalist Locum Tenens Done The Right Way

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by Carmen Renaldy

There is no doubt about the importance of hospital medicine. It has become the second stop in the hospitalization process after the Emergency Department.  Hospitalists interact with the patients, patient’s families, specialists and every level of nursing and administration. With two main shifts per day, double coverage and several hospitalists scheduled during the days, it […]

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RVU Compensation & The Trauma & Acute Care Surgeon

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by Carmen Renaldy

Everybody associated with physician compensation is familiar with RVU’s. Gone are the days of a straight fee for service environment which billed at the prevailing insurance and Medicare rates.  RVU’s have been introduced as far back as the 80’s and were widely adopted in 1992. The whole of the medical system has been moving in […]

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Locum Tenens Physicians Not Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Coverage

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Carmen Renaldy

Stipulating that a locum tenens physician is not entitled to workers’ compensation is increasingly vital to preserving their independent contractor status, as federal and state regulators escalate efforts to eradicate the misclassification of workers by employers. The U.S. Department of Labor has signed memorandums of understandings with labor commissioners and other agency leaders from 20 states […]

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Trauma Center Development & The Orthopedic Surgeon

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 by Aaron Risen

As a 35 year veteran in physician recruiting and staffing in the surgical specialties, it seems within the last several years there has been an unprecedented movement within the hospital industry to establish new trauma centers or to upgrade designation status from Level III to Level II. This is particularly the case within the for-profit […]

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Why Hiring Older Physicians is a Good Idea

Posted on: January 6th, 2015 by Aaron Risen

As a healthcare administrator or medical group manager, like everybody else, you need several physicians and you need them now!  When you start the process with your medical staff, the first thing you do is marshal support for the effort and work to build a consensus and to get “buy-in” from all the key players […]

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Outsourcing Your Hospital & Emergency Medicine Departments. Is it Worth It or a Bigger Problem?

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by Carmen Renaldy

It seems in the last three years, hospitals that had a local private hospitalist group or emergency medicine group have outsourced to a national company. Why? There are many reasons, but the main one is “offloading the headache.” The national contract groups are perceived as having greater expertise in areas such as recruiting, managing patients through […]

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Locum Tenens Agencies – Does Size Matter?

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by Carmen Renaldy

The answer is yes, the size of a locum tenens agency does matter. But not in the ways you may be thinking. In today’s world size is important but the biggest may not always be the best.  Whether to go with a big, medium or small firm can be very subjective from both a physician […]

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Factors to Consider in Developing a Neurohospitalist Program

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by Aaron Risen

Factors to Consider in Developing a Neurohospitalist Program Hospitals are turning to neurohospitalists as a cost-effective means to improve coverage and care. The Demand for Neurohospitalists With fewer neurologists willing to cover inpatient consultations and provide Emergency Department-call coverage, hospitals have found that they can achieve stability by starting or expanding neurohospitalist programs. Neurohospitalists provide […]

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