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Understanding Billing for Locum Tenens Services Under the Q6 Modifier and Beyond

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Dec 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Misinformation continues to surround use of the Q6 modifier, or the billing for services provided by a locum tenens physician. This can result in mistakes that prove costly or even detrimental to practices, as they may result in audits or further disciplinary action.

The Q6 modifier is intended to be a tool that practices can use when a physician is away for an extended period of time, therefore requiring temporary coverage by a locum tenens. It covers Part B fees, or medical claims related to the professional service provided, which are billed using the existing physician’s NPI number and the Q6 modifier.

To prevent abuse, there are stringent rules in place surrounding the conditions for using this modifier. When it is used, the surrounding circumstances must be well-documented. Carefully review the details associated with when and how to use the Q6 modifier to ensure that you remain compliant.

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Topics: Industry Updates, locum tenens work

7 Questions to Ask During Your Locum Tenens Government Job Interview

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Dec 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM
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Topics: locum tenens clinician, locum tenens work

Is Your Agency Providing Travel and Housing Arrangements? If Not, Time To Switch!

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Dec 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Travel is one of the key reasons clinicians are attracted to locum tenens jobs. But even the excitement for travel opportunities does not eliminate the fact that making travel and housing arrangements can be a headache for locum tenens clinicians - consuming your time and causing you more hassle.

One available option is to work with a full-service locum tenens agency that can handle your travel and housing arrangements. And understanding what to expect can help you select an agency that best fits your needs and ensure that you get the most out of working with them.

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Topics: locum tenens clinician, locum tenens work

How In-House Recruiters Can Help Physicians Ease the Burden of Student Debt

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the median medical school debt is $195,000, and nearly 46% of medical school graduates plan to enter a loan forgiveness program. Not surprising, many physicians struggle with the costs of education, and those with extreme student debt can expect to pay more than $2,000 each month for nearly 10 years.

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Topics: VISTA, Physicians, medical school debt

Four Questions Kids Have About Locum Tenens and How to Answer Them

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you’re considering accepting a locum tenens assignment, you may be wondering how being a parent fits into the mix. Guess what? Your children are probably wondering, too! The good news is that locum tenens jobs and family life are a perfect fit. Still, your kids may have some concerns - which is why we’ve compiled this list of four questions your kids might ask about being a locum tenens clinician. We’ve also provided answers aimed at satisfying their curiosity, while helping them to understand the many benefits associated with locum tenens work.

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Topics: VISTA, locum tenens work

VISTA Commemorates National Nurse Practitioner Week

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The role of the nurse practitioner (NP) will be showcased November 11–17, 2018, as NPs across the country celebrate more than 50 years of practice during National NP Week. In the United States, this distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 248,000 strong, with an additional 23,000 NP students graduating each year.

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Topics: VISTA, Industry Updates

7 Best Kept Secrets to Getting the Locum Tenens Position You Really Want

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Looking to land the perfect locum tenens position? Even the most talented physician needs to take an organized approach if they want to find their ideal position. Use the tips we’ve provided below to improve your chances of standing out and landing the locum tenens position of your dreams.

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Topics: VISTA, locum tenens work

How to Earn Travel Rewards on Your Locum Tenens Assignment

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 30, 2018 9:00:00 AM

With many reasons to love locum tenens work, you may not have even considered the potential benefits you can earn through airline and hotel loyalty rewards programs. But it can pay to take advantage of these perks.

Travel points can add up quickly, giving you the means to fly and stay free when you want to get away for a vacation. Rewards programs for travelers are generally free, and signing up is easy. Once you’ve added your rewards member numbers to your VISTA travel profile, the airline miles and hotel points will accumulate automatically when you travel.

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Topics: locum tenens work, locum tenens clinician

What Made Me The Most Nervous About Doing My First Locum Tenens Assignment

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

You've just landed your first locum tenens assignment. You're excited about this new opportunity, but at the same time, you're wary. You may ask yourself: “Is locum tenens right for me?” “Will I have a hard time landing back-to-back assignments?” “How will working locum tenens affect my career prospects? ”You have a lot of questions, and fortunately, many have gone before you who can answer them. Let's explore four common concerns that clinicians have when going on their first locum tenens assignment, and see what former and current locum tenens clinicians had to say about it.

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Topics: VISTA, locum tenens work

Flexibility to Stability: A Path Made Possible for One Doctor by Locum Tenens

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The path to finding the ideal career can be a winding one, and Dr. Guo knows this very well. He started his education in computer science before heading to medical school. While there, he was referred to VISTA by a friend who’s done locum tenens work with us in the past. But it wasn’t until he received a few emails from a dedicated VISTA recruiter that he finally started down the path to locum tenens.

Dr. Guo, a former VISTA hospitalist, offers this advice based on his locum tenens experience: "During the time I'm working, I start to plan for my next assignment to minimize unwanted gaps between contracts. It helps to have one or more sites that have an ongoing flexible need without minimum monthly commitments." Dr. Guo kept in touch with our recruiters for three years before finishing his residency program in 2016. Over the years, he’s found locum tenens work through VISTA in California, Oregon and Minnesota. 

Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Guo’s experience in his own words.

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Topics: locum tenens work, VISTA

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 has over 28 years of experience providing award-winning service in the locum tenens industry.

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