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A Day In The Life of a Professional VISTA Healthcare Recruiter

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 11, 2019 9:30:00 AM

At VISTA, a locum tenens recruiter’s job is two-fold: we are dedicated to connecting facilities with highly qualified providers and we’re passionate about helping clinicians find the perfect opportunities to grow their career. Whether there’s a travel emergency or a licensing issue, we work to ensure the process is as smooth and stress-free as possible. To get an inside look at the role of our dedicated recruiters, check out a day in the life of VISTA recruiter Xi Feng from our Hospitalist team:

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Topics: locum tenens work

Top Qualities of a Competent Psychiatrist

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 8, 2019 9:30:00 AM

As a psychiatrist, you’ve attended medical school, completed residency and earned your M.D. to diagnose, treat and prevent mental, emotional and behavioral disorders in your patients. You have the skills and abilities to provide psychological treatment, prescribe medications and perform specialized procedures in order to treat people with mental illness.

But beyond your educational background, there are other key qualities that are crucial to your role as a psychiatrist. They will help ensure you are providing quality care to your patients, as well as succeeding in your role. Here are the top five qualities of a competent psychiatrist.

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Topics: locum tenens work

A Different Approach: Working Locum Tenens With a Full-Time Job

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 30, 2019 9:30:00 AM

There are many benefits to a career in locum tenens. You have more opportunities to travel, you can get exposure from diverse areas and backgrounds and you can manage how, when and where you want to work. However, there is a misconception that full-time clinicians in permanent positions can’t work locum tenens because there is little to no time to take on additional work and/or it may interfere with their existing role.

Fortunately, the flexibility that locum tenens offers has allowed many full-time clinicians to take this route with much success. If you’re considering a part-time opportunity, here are a few reasons why working locum tenens with a full-time job is worthwhile:

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Topics: locum tenens work

The 6 Most Important Details When Reviewing an Assignment

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 28, 2019 9:30:00 AM

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:

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Topics: locum tenens work

How to Take Control of Your Staffing Needs During Cold & Flu Season

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 24, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Cold and flu season puts a strain on every organization that requires staff in order to operate. Hospital and healthcare facilities feel this strain more than most. Sick healthcare workers are not only less efficient than well ones, but can also put vulnerable patients at risk.

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Topics: Facilities & Practices

VISTA Celebrates National CRNA Week—How CRNAs Make a Difference, One Patient at a Time

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) across the country are celebrating the 20th annual National CRNA Week, January 20-26th. Established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), National CRNA Week was created to educate the public about anesthesia patient safety, questions to ask prior to undergoing surgery and the benefits of receiving care from nurse anesthetists.

The annual observance helps patients, hospital administrators, healthcare professionals, policymakers and others become more familiar with the CRNA credential, and the exceptional advanced practice registered nurses who have earned it.

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Topics: Industry Updates, VISTA, Advanced Practice Providers

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
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.

 

To start, government locum tenens jobs tend to last longer - generally lasting between three months to one year. Additionally, clinicians typically work in facilities that target underserved groups like Native Americans or veterans of a specific branch of the military. These facilities include DOD (Department of Defense) facilities, Veterans Affairs facilities, Indian Health Services, and other federal or state facilities, like prisons or behavioral health hospitals. Primary care and psychiatry are the top specialties in demand at these facilities, although locum tenens clinicians of all specialties are sought after.

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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.

Fortunately, there’s help for physicians inundated by student loans. In-house physician recruiters - like those in the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) - are positioned to help physicians navigate the options for managing their debt and relieve some of the burden.

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Topics: VISTA, Physicians, medical school debt

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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