Thought Leadership

Locum Tenens in Surgery Done Right

Posted on: April 7th, 2016 by Aaron Risen

The use of locum tenens surgeons is no longer a matter of if you’ll have a need for general surgery, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic or neurosurgery coverage, but rather when you will and how you will make it work best for your hospital when that time comes. Here are seven tips to ensure the locum tenens coverage […]

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ICD-10 Implementation Pros and Cons

Posted on: January 21st, 2016 by Carmen Renaldy

Implementation of the ICD-10 from the ICD-9 was delayed up to 6 times and was finally implemented on October 1, 2015. Many hospitals and practices feared that day, which has now come and gone. Those that think the conversion took place because of the ACA are deluded. True, ICD-10 was finally implemented due to the ACA, […]

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Making the Transition to Locum Tenens in 2016: What to Expect

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by Del Renaldy

The New Year is rapidly approaching and maybe you’ve decided it’s time to take control of your work schedule instead of somebody else controlling it. Like most of us, you want more free time to pursue other interests. As a locum tenens physician, here is what to expect: Availability of Jobs Recent studies have estimated […]

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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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