Deciding to start working locum tenens right out of residency isn’t something a lot of new physicians do, but it’s a decision Dr. EmmaLeigh Smith, a Family Medicine Physician, embraced wholeheartedly. Almost seven years after she started working locum tenens through VISTA, we caught up with Dr. Smith who is currently working in Portland to talk about her experiences and why she is “still loving it!”
For physicians who want to expand their horizons and deliver care in different areas of the country, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact can streamline the licensing process and allow you to act on locum tenens opportunities more quickly. The launch of the Compact is great news—for doctors and underserved communities alike—but it’s still fairly recent, and physicians have questions.
When you work locum tenens, you know you need to meet licensing and credentialing requirements for each new assignment. But does paperwork get you down? If licensing and credentialing are taking away from the reasons you love your job and giving you a huge headache, we can help.
What comes to mind when you think of the Southwestern United States? If it's desert expanse and scorching temperatures, you’re partly right—but there’s a lot more to take in. The Southwest includes Arizona and New Mexico as well as parts of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Texas. No matter where you’re from or where specifically you land, the Southwest has a lot to offer as a new escape with your next assignment as a locum tenens physician, PA or NP.
You’re likely aware of the buzz around the Interstate Medical Licensure 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.
For locum tenens physicians and advanced practice providers, licensing is part of the job. Whether just getting started with locums work or moving to a new facility, locum tenens clinicians are required to be licensed in each state they work in and credentialed at each site.
While the amount of time licensing and credentialing can take varies from state to state and site to site, keeping the right records and documents in order can go a long way in making it easier.
Wisconsin has a lot more to offer than delicious dairy. If you’re looking for a change in scenery, here are just a few reasons to think about calling this friendly Midwestern state home for your next locum tenens assignment.
If you have decided to shift your career to the world of locum tenens, it’s important to understand the individual state licensing requirements to qualify for positions across the nation. This post will focus on three licensing tips for locum tenens physicians.
Yesterday, the VISTA Staffing Solutions licensing department received notices in the mail for three of our Colorado licensed physicians from a company representing itself as “Colorado Physician Certification Services” with a postmark from Florida and a return address in California. These notices indicate that the physicians' professional certification renewal is due and they must submit $412.00 by March 15th. Upon investigation by Hannah Owen, VISTA Licensing Renewal Specialist, we learned that the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners did not issue these renewal notices.
Here’s the email copy that we received today from the Medical Board of California. We urge you to read this and take the necessary safety measures.
The Board has been advised that several physicians in the Los Angeles area have been contacted by an individual impersonating an investigator with the Medical Board of California. The individual asks physicians for their social security number and a credit card number, threatening cancellation of their license.
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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.