Top Mobile Apps to Help Your Patients Help Themselves

Posted by VISTA Staffing on May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Do you have apps on your phone that help you get through the day? We mean mobile apps that keep you organized, remind you of things or save important files, help you reach goals or just stay connected and up to date. Now, how about apps for your patients?

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Topics: Industry Updates, VISTA

Big News for Locums Physicians: Interstate Medical Licensing Compact Updates

Posted by VISTA Staffing on May 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

You’re likely aware of the buzz around the Interstate Medical Licensing Compact. But how does it work exactly, and what does it all mean for you as a locum tenens physician? If you meet the qualifications and you’re licensed in one of the eight principal states designated by the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, you can apply for a letter of qualification and be issued new licenses in any of the participating states.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Licensing & Credentialing

Match Week 2017: What to Expect

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The Match is something every doctor remembers. Years of school, intense study and preparation lead to this moment when medical students learn where they will spend their next three to eight years or more in specialty training.

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Topics: Industry Updates, VISTA, Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers

The Truth About Locum Tenens (3 More Myths Debunked)

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The myths surrounding locum tenens work continue!

In a previous post, we addressed misconceptions around job factors such as money, stability, workload, and the ability to really get to know your patients as a locum tenens clinician. We’re continuing to tackle the many myths of locum tenens here. Have you heard any of these before?

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Topics: Industry Updates, Facilities & Practices

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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Topics: Industry Updates, VISTA

How to Beat the Summertime Staffing Demand

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jun 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

With the arrival of summer comes vacations and the need for staffing openings to be temporarily filled. Preparation for these openings will help smooth the transition for you and your staff.

Prepare for the Toughest Time of Year

Summer can be the toughest time of year for your private practice or facility. Vacations and time off are coveted during this time, which is great for providers who are afforded the opportunity to get away and relax with the family. But this can put pressure on your facility or medical practice and other staff members covering for providers during the absences. One choice is to lower the number of patients being seen. But this can significantly affect your bottom line. Consider the following remedies to beat your summertime staffing demand.

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The 5 Greatest Areas of Locum Tenens Needs

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 11, 2016 9:30:00 AM

In recent years, physician demand has increased. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, there are several reasons why demand is on the rise: patient volume is greater due to aging Baby Boomers, and there is an increase in insured patients due to the Affordable Care Act. There is also a steady rise of physician shortages, nationwide. To meet physician demand, locums are increasingly being relied upon to meet the staffing needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities—this has greatly increased the number of locum tenens jobs. 

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National Doctors’ Day

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 30, 2015 12:24:00 PM

National Doctors’ Day is March 30. Since 1989, this day has been observed across the US. Still, some communities have observed this day since 1933. This day, set aside to recognize physicians and the important role they play in the community, is a staple for physician recognition.

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The Changing Face of the Physician Shortage

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 12, 2015 11:22:00 AM

Evidence suggests there is a dire physician shortage in not only the US, but the world as a whole. To some, the Affordable Care Act is a piece of legislation that contributed to the increased patient demand and therefore the resulting physician shortage. Yet many of the forecasts of the past are under revision due to promising, untested alternatives about how to solve the physician shortage issue.

As evidence of the changing face of the physician shortage, consider a contrasting report from the Association of American Medical Colleges that, at one point, predicted a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians by 2025. This organization’s most recent report from March 2015 cut that number nearly in-half to approximately 46,000. Likewise, the government's Health Resources and Services Administration acted similarly. It initially predicted a physician shortage of 20,400, only to reduce the number to 6,400 after considering the roles of physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

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The 5 Best Physician Jobs for 2015

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 15, 2015 11:33:00 AM


Planning a career in medicine? We have compiled a list of the top five physician jobs for 2015, based on a number of different criteria, from compensation to workplace stress.

1. Neurosurgeon

Neurosurgeon tops the list for 2015 due to a combination of compensation and work environment. Forbes reports annual compensation of about $591,000. By contrast, the median salary for physicians across all specialties is just $187,200 according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). As for work environment, neurosurgery is such a highly specialized area of medicine that doctors working in this field are generally given a lot of latitude. Most do not complain about workplace stress or pressure anywhere near what is reported by general practice doctors.

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About VISTA Staffing Solutions

Founded in 1990, VISTA Staffing Solutions helps hospitals, medical practices, and government agencies in the US 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.

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