6 Things You Need to Know about ICD-10

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 9, 2015 11:34:00 AM

Healthcare reform has brought with it a number of changes that affect how healthcare services are delivered and accounted for. Among the most complex changes is the implementation of the ICD-10 coding and billing standards. The new standards will eventually be required on all healthcare providers covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Here are six things you need to know about ICD-10:

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Hospitalists – Fastest Growing Specialty in the Industry!

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 27, 2014 12:48:00 PM
Recent national surveys reveal that hospitalists are the most sought-after providers forlocum tenens opportunities in the industry.  Patient’s preferences for on-site and immediate assistance, as well as a personal approach to their specific healthcare needs, has created a growing demand for attentive and available physicians on a consistent basis.  A hospitalist’s ability to manage acute care patients in addition to developing and managing aspects of hospital operations allows facilities to optimize their operations resulting in greater management and care.  Many studies are additionally showing that hospitalists can reduce a patients’ length of stay up to 30% and hospital costs up to 20%.
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Cowboy or Pit Crew?

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 7, 2014 12:55:00 PM

In a recent TEDTalk*, Atul Gawande set out his prescription for healing medicine. Gawande is a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a staff writer for The New Yorker. His talk included a little history, a little psychology, and, in my opinion, good news for locum tenens physicians.

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Professional CV – a must for every physician

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jul 7, 2014 1:41:00 PM

 

Whether you are a locum tenens physician or a physician looking for permanent opportunities, it is important that you create a curriculum vitae that highlights your experience and background.  Make sure that you dot your “I’s” and cross your “T’s”.  Here are some of the common details that we tend to overlook but are key to a great CV.

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A glimmer of hope for the global health workforce

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jun 12, 2014 1:01:00 PM

I was cheered to read that 20 men and women graduated from medical school in Somalia last week, becoming that country’s first new class of physicians in more than two decades. What a feat! Reports say they dodged firefights on the way to school, maneuvering through Mogadishu, one of the world’s most violent cities. The ceremony was held inside the barricaded walls of a hotel.

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How Physician Assistants Are Changing Healthcare Delivery

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jun 5, 2014 12:46:00 PM

A 2014 survey conducted by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants indicates that the number one concern among healthcare patients today is having access to care when it is most necessary. More people are concerned that they will not have access to a primary care physician when they need it, let alone a specialist for more complicated problems. The survey shows the need for expanding the role of physician assistants in providing primary care.

The good news is that steps are already being taken to do just that. Today's physician assistants are providing services we have not seen in America in a long time. By expanding the role of the physician assistant, healthcare regulators are making it possible to get away from quota-based managed care and back to the personalized care people want.

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Making surgery affordable and accessible worldwide

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jun 2, 2014 2:47:00 PM

 


The importance of making surgery accessible and affordable word wide is gaining much-needed attention in the press, in our medical schools, and in related industry. To my mind, it can’t happen soon enough. Here are three ways you can learn more and/or get involved.

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Score one for the locum tenens traveler!

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Apr 28, 2014 1:08:00 PM

Score one for the locum tenens traveler!

Take heart all you frequent locum tenens fliers! The US Transportation Department has ruled that US airlines must offer bag fee refunds for losing luggage, one step toward holding carriers more accountable for snafus that lead to 2 million lost bags annually.

The new rule also doubles the penalty for involuntarily "bumping" passengers from sold-out flights and goes further than previous orders from Congress aimed at addressing passenger complaints.

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Why locum tenens is a good bet in an unstable economy

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Apr 2, 2014 2:39:00 PM

I’ve had several conversations recently with physicians who were considering locum tenens work, but were a little concerned about earning an adequate income given the current economic situation. I thought I’d offer some insight into the dynamics of the locum tenens industry, which I hope will increase your comfort level if you happen to be in the same boat.

First, as I am sure you are aware, there is a growing physician shortage across the globe. We did experience a small dip in demand and/or slower commitments from clients at the end of last year as healthcare organizations braced for declining census and health plan enrollment. These organizations quickly realized that the need for physicians was not really reduced, and came back to us asking for help in arranging locum tenens coverage.The days of physician coverage we are providing have remained steady.

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VISTA loves Maine! And Maine loves VISTA!

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 18, 2014 3:01:00 PM

 

VISTA Staffing Solutions has been the exclusive endorsed provider of physician locum tenens services for members of the Maine Hospital Association since 2004. The agreement was established by Associated Health Resources, an MHA subsidiary established to evaluate and select top quality, high-value products and services for all members.

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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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