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Idaho Enforces the IDACARE Profiles Database Requirements on All Physicians

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jul 1, 2014 1:03:00 PM


Have you moved recently or closed your practice?  Did you notify every State Medical Board where you currently hold licensure?  This small task may seem inconsequential, but left undone it could be costly.

You must always be aware of and follow state specific rules and regulations in order to practice.  One requirement is to update the board anytime you have a change of address (COA).  Additionally, many states, like Idaho require a separate physician profile be kept up to date.

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Locums licensing alert—several boards backlogged

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jun 9, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Once again we are in the very busy time for both locum tenens and permanent licenses.Many boards are overwhelmed with new resident licensure.Here is a list of boards that have advised us of how far they are behind.

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Be Wary of the Nevada State Medical Board Scam

Posted by VISTA Staffing on May 6, 2014 2:55:00 PM


Have you recently been called by someone from the Nevada State Medical Board? If so, you should be aware of the following information released by the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners (NSMBE).

The Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners has been notified of a possible credit card scam involving their licensees.  Individuals posing as employees of the “Nevada State Medical Board” may be contacting licensees and requesting credit card information in order to send the licensee emergent information about their Nevada license.  The names known to have been to be utilized during this scam are “Jennifer Riley” and “Richard,” and fraudulent telephone numbers have been provided.

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A new state license?! Where do I start?

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Apr 8, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Your first step is understanding your eligibility, which varies by state, and is based on:

•    Whether you are an American or international medical school graduate and, in some states whether your medical school is approved by the state. VISTA’s team will research a state medical board’s website or utilize the WHO Directory of Medical Schools or the ECFMG FAIMER Directory to determine if a school is acceptable.

•    The length of post graduate training you have completed. International graduates are commonly required to complete three years of PGT; American grads may meet eligibility with one or two years of training after graduation.
•    Limitations on licensure examination, e.g., some states do not accept a “state” exam—these were the norm prior to NBME, FLEX and USMLE.

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Update from the Medical Board of California

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 4, 2014 2:21:00 PM

The Medical Board of California Licensing Program communicated to VISTA Staffing Solutions’ licensing department regarding application processing time. The Licensing Board requests all applicants to check their application status online at the Medical Board’s Web Applicant Access System at www.mbc.ca.gov instead of calling the Board.

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Permanent, temporary, locum tenens licenses explained

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 3, 2014 11:55:00 AM

Permanent License: This license is usually good for one to two years. It allows you to work in the state at any hospital or facility. Depending on the state, permanent licenses take between two months to over a year to obtain.

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Hospital credentialing for locum tenens physicians - a few important changes you should know about

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 14, 2014 10:14:00 AM

A lot has changed over the past three years in regards to getting physicians credentialed and ready for locum tenens assignments. Applications are longer, medical staff offices are understaffed and require more time to process applications, and the types of documents required have changed significantly.

In the past the focus was on the written word and the ability of your peers to express their ideas and opinions about their professional interaction with you in a simple reference letter. This “Letter of Reference” actually served two purposes: 1. As an introduction to a client. 2. As a professional reference to fulfill hospital by-laws.

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A potential bright spot on the licensing horizon

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 12, 2013 10:38:00 AM

Forget travel, forget rental cars, forget apartment keys under the mat at midnight…Getting licenses in new states can actually be one of the most challenging aspects of locum tenens practice—or medical practice in general for that matter. But there is a glimmer of “standardize this process for the betterment of humankind” hope on the horizon.

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Collect these documents once. You’ll need them for locum tenens and everything else.

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 6, 2013 12:07:00 PM

Whether you are just completing your training, considering locum tenens work, or ready to interview for permanent jobs, it makes sense to gather and keep copies of the following documents in a secure, accessible place. You will need them to receive privileges in just about any new position and to apply for new state licenses. And should you venture into the fast-paced world of locum tenens, you will want to have them on hand (with copies in our files) when the assignment of your dreams comes along.

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Changes in requirements for locum tenens and permanent licensure

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Oct 2, 2013 12:32:00 PM

We are seeing an increase in the number of states that require FBI and state criminal background checks.This usually includes getting fingerprinted, which can take six to eight weeks.When you are working with a scheduler and considering locum tenens positions, please keep this in mind.

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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.