Expense Tracking Made Easy—Try These 5 Apps

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 21, 2016 10:03:33 AM

With the autonomy and flexibility of locum tenens comes the need to step up your financial management skills. Locum tenens work follows an independent contractor model, which means you’re responsible for setting aside money for taxes and keeping tabs of business-related expenses. Tracking things like the miles you drive, the medical equipment you purchase and even your meals while on assignment can turn into tax benefits and deductions.

Luckily, technology is there to make it easier. Try these 5 powerful expense tracking mobile apps. They support all major currencies, offer multiple options for tracking mileage and integrate with popular accounting solutions to make bookkeeping a breeze, but each offers something a little different.

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Keep More Money In Your Pocket! 6 Tax Tips for 1099 Employees

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 14, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Locum tenens work offers exciting advantages for your medical career—your taxes just may be a little more complicated than a standard employee. Because most locum tenens work is based on an independent contractor model, a key part of managing your career is accurate and diligent recordkeeping.

Turn the following tips into habits to avoid surprises at tax time—and to ensure you take advantage of all tax deductions you’re entitled to.

Pay Yourself Last

Forgetting to set aside money for taxes could eat into money you have budgeted for other items. A good rule of thumb for 1099 employees is to pay taxes, debts and bills before paying yourself. That includes setting aside 40% of your earnings for federal, state and self-employment taxes. It’s also smart to set money aside for time between jobs to fill the gap in income, and to put a fixed amount into savings each month for emergencies.

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Hospitalists: Are You a Perfect Fit For Locum Tenens?

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 10, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Hospitalists are defined by where they practice medicine — in the hospital, usually addressing severe illnesses and emergencies. If you’ve made a career in this specialty, you’re familiar with long hours and heavy workloads, plus the benefits of a flexible schedule and the opportunities to connect with patients during their most critical time of need. Hospitalists that want to broaden their experience may find that locum tenens is a natural next step.

Considering a locum tenens position in hospital medicine? Ask yourself these 4 questions:

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Topics: Physicians

Factors affecting advanced practitioners satisfaction ('It's not about the money')

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Sep 29, 2016 8:07:12 AM

Happy providers, healthy patients. You can see the logic in the idea that the more satisfied a healthcare professional is in their work, the better, more attentive care that can be delivered. But what’s most important for career satisfaction?

Medscape’s sixth annual Physician Compensation Report says it’s not just the paycheck. In fact, physicians with lower salaries were among the most likely to report that they would choose a career in healthcare again, if given the chance. So what does contribute to career satisfaction?

Medscape’s report joined similar studies in illuminating many non-monetary reasons why physicians are happy in their chosen professions. Here are the top 3:

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What Sets Top Emergency Medicine Physicians Apart?

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Sep 22, 2016 8:05:46 AM

While there is no such thing as a “typical day” for emergency medicine physicians, the pace is always fast and the pressure is always high. A single shift could include treating a child for abdominal pain, evaluating an elderly person’s mental state, managing a car accident, and a mix of other routine and critical cases. Emergency medicine physicians must be able to provide urgent care for a variety of patients with a variety of problems. While exciting, a career in emergency medicine comes with a set of unique demands that are not for everyone.

Here’s what makes top emergency physicians stand out from their peers:

Quick Decision Makers

Unlike many other specialties, emergency medicine calls for rapid decision-making, prioritizing and the ability to switch gears quickly to treat patients of all ages and conditions. High-volume EDs require physicians to identify critical issues while determining other existing health problems—even when a patient arrives unconscious, and often without the benefit of a patient history or time-consuming tests.

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What’s Next in Your Locum Tenens Career? Consider Minnesota!

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Sep 12, 2016 9:01:00 AM

Minnesota is home to much more than the Mall of America and an endearing accent (dontcha know?). Here are just a few reasons to consider Minnesota when planning your next locum tenens position.

Land of 10,000 Lakes… And Then Some!

In reality, Minnesota has closer to 12,000 lakes, and more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii put together. With all that water, it’s no wonder Minnesota has one recreational boat for every six people.

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Topics: Physicians

The Many Perks of Government Positions in the Medical Field

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Aug 30, 2016 8:30:00 AM

If you're searching for new practice opportunities to grow or expand your medical career, you should be exploring the options provided by the government. These options will let you work in a variety of areas, from focusing on state level services to federal services, so you could do civilian or military work for the DoD, federal work for the HHS, or reach out to minorities and other underserved groups via organizations like the VA or Indian Health Services. With positions nationwide in a variety of fields, perhaps the best place to start is by understanding the perks of government positions in the medical field.

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Topics: Physicians

3 Reasons to Consider a Rural Location When Choosing Your Next Locum Tenens Position

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Aug 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM

A big draw for locum tenens professionals is the ability to travel, experience new places, and treat people from different walks of life. For many, this means working in big, bustling cities, like New York, LA or Chicago.

But this wasn't what the industry's founding pioneers, Therus Kolff and Alan Kronhaus, had in mind. Locum tenens was actually created to bring physicians to underserved, rural communities.

If the bright lights and fast pace of city life aren't for you, rural locum tenens work offers a quieter alternative with many benefits. Here are three reasons to consider a rural location when choosing your next locum tenens position.

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Topics: Physicians

3 Reasons to Take a Primary Care Position in California

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Aug 2, 2016 10:15:00 AM

Aside from its beauty, amazing year-round weather and a plethora of activities, practicing in California as a primary care physician has several career perks and benefits. The following are three reasons you should consider primary care positions in California.

Primary Care Physician Shortage

A recent report released by the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) revealed that “California will need an estimated 8,243 additional primary care physicians by 2030.” In other words, an additional 32% of the total workforce will be needed. The Association has declared there is a workforce crisis. That’s where you come in — by considering a primary care position in California.

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3 Mistakes Doctors Make With Their Careers

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jul 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Certain challenges that prevent you from maintaining a healthy, active medical career may be prevented by avoiding the following three most common mistakes doctors make with their careers.

1. Allowing Medical License(s) to Lapse

Whether you are taking a break from practice or simply have collected a generous amount of state licenses through locums assignments, allowing a medical license to expire can impact the possibility of new assignments. Having an active license in a state where you are seeking work will be beneficial and expedite the process. If not, you will have to reapply for a license which takes time. Retaining active licenses allows you more opportunities for locums assignments.

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Topics: Physicians

About VISTA Staffing Solutions

Founded in 1990, VISTA Staffing Solutions helps hospitals, medical practices, and government agencies in the US, New Zealand, and Bermuda optimize their physician staffing, ensure quality and continuity of care for patients, and maintain financial stability. A leading provider of US Locum Tenens and Permanent Physician Search Services, VISTA is the only agency that offers both domestic and international work opportunities for locum tenens physicians.