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Between a tightening labor market and an aging population, it may seem like there are simply not enough clinicians to go around. Labor costs now account for 60% of an average hospital's total budget, highlighting the need to control labor expenses. But for many hospital administrators, a reduction in total labor costs can seem like an insurmountable feat.
In the evolving world of healthcare, advanced practice clinicians are poised to play an important role in helping fill physician shortages at hospitals and other medical centers in underserved areas.
Topics: Advanced Practice Providers
One of the most difficult tasks hospitals and other healthcare facilities face is staff management. Proper staffing is essential to ensure that the hospital operates smoothly and that all patients have a positive experience. Because staffing can be so complex and involves so many diverse challenges, many facilities struggle to find an efficient and effective way to manage contingency staff, provide continuity of care, maintain a positive patient experience and drive bottom-line growth.
Healthcare organizations face a variety of staffing challenges. As a result of an ongoing physician shortage, the market for the best talent has become increasingly more competitive. Other staffing challenges include difficulty in filling job vacancies, expansions, and mergers. Staffing challenges may impact healthcare facilities in many different ways, leading to lost revenue, a higher workload for existing staff members, poor patient experiences, and more.
The growing physician shortage has a huge impact on healthcare staffing, creating challenges for medical facilities. More specifically, it’s making it difficult for them to recruit and retain quality physicians to provide proper care to patients.
Demand for locum tenens workers is growing, but that doesn't mean that it's easy to find the ideal position. Instead, you must take a strategic approach to efficiently find the role that suits you the best. To do this, we suggest focusing on these key factors:
Topics: Interview/Hiring Tips
When considering taking a locum tenens assignment, there are a few details you must know before making a final decision. The location is only one factor, and speaking to your locum tenens recruiter to gain insight into the other details can help ensure you are properly prepared. Here are the six most important details to review with your recruiter about a potential locum tenens assignment:
Topics: Locum Tenens Work
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.
Government locum tenens work offers similar perks as conventional locum tenens positions, such as flexibility, travel opportunities and diverse medical experiences. However, there are some fundamental differences between government and private sector jobs that can radically affect the experience you have.
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About VISTA Staffing Solutions
VISTA Staffing Solutions has over thirty years of experience providing award-winning customer service to clients and providers alike. Headquartered in Salt Lake City with additional offices in Atlanta and Houston, and employs approximately 1,000 people between corporate staff and field clinicians and contracts with over 2,500 physicians across 60+ specialties and subspecialties. VISTA helps U.S. hospitals, medical practices, and government agencies optimize their physician staffing, ensure quality and continuity of care for patients, and maintain financial stability. As a leading provider of U.S. Locum Tenens and Permanent Physician Search Services, VISTA also operates VISTA Select, a first-of-its-kind technology and services solution utilizing advanced data and analytics to provide healthcare organizations with customizable workforce optimization solutions.