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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

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

VISTA Recognizes National PA Week and the Impact of PAs on National Health

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

Dear Physician Assistant (PA),

In honor of National PA Week, VISTA wishes to extend a sincere and tremendous thank-you to physician assistants everywhere. From October 6-12th, we’re celebrating National PA Week, which recognizes the PA profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. During PA Week, we hope you’ll have the chance to talk to a PA about what it is they do, and why they're proud to do it.

We recognize even if you haven’t been treated by a PA before, there’s a good chance you will in the near future. There are more than 123,000 PAs working across the country—and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession is expected to grow 37 percent between 2016 and 2036.

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Topics: locum tenens work, VISTA, Industry Updates, Advanced Practice Providers

VISTA Recognizes National Locum Tenens Week, Impact of Temporary Physician Staffing on U.S. Healthcare Delivery

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Aug 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Dear Locum Tenens Clinicians,

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Topics: locum tenens work, VISTA, Industry Updates

The Growing Gender Wage Gap in Medicine (and How Locum Tenens is Different)

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Apr 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 

Doximity recently released its second annual Physician Compensation Report, drawing on the responses of more than 65,000 licensed U.S. doctors across 40 different specialties to provide the most comprehensive view of physician compensation available. Despite the education and training required to practice medicine, there’s seemingly no exception when it comes to the gender wage gap. In fact, on average, the gap is greater in medicine than in other industries.

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Topics: locum tenens work, Advanced Practice Providers, Industry Updates, Physicians

Radiology in High Demand Again

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Apr 3, 2018 12:00:00 PM

In today’s healthcare environment, imaging is central to preventative care, diagnosis and treatment. New imaging technologies can enable life-changing possibilities — but not without the necessary manpower behind them.

Not so long ago, demand for radiologists was low. This was due to a large pool of residents in the specialty, suppressed imaging with the recession and growing use of teleradiology, which allows for the distribution of imaging studies nationally and even internationally. However, things have changed drastically in the last few years and even with teleradiology, demand for radiologists is back up. 

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Topics: Industry Updates, Physicians

March 30th is National Doctors’ Day

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 30, 2018 8:42:36 AM

Editor's note: This post was originally published March 30, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and timeliness.

While many of those that work in the healthcare profession know that March 30th is National Doctors' Day, there is a lot that’s unknown about the origins of Doctors’ Day.

Doctors’ Day dates back to the 1930s when a physician's wife in Georgia, Eudora Brown Almond, had a luncheon to celebrate the important role that physicians have always played in the local community.

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Topics: Industry Updates, VISTA, Physicians

Match Week 2018: What to Expect

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 12, 2018 2:11:00 PM

Editor's note: This post was originally published March 13, 2017 and has been updated for Match Week 2018.

The Match is something every doctor remembers. Years of school, intense study and preparation lead to this moment when medical students learn where they will spend their next three to eight years or more in specialty training.

Match Week 2018 is around the corner, with Match Day on Friday, March 16th. To all medical students heading into Match Week — congratulations! No matter what happens, you’ve worked hard to get here and should be proud of your accomplishments.

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Topics: Industry Updates, VISTA, Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers

Top Mobile Apps to Help Your Patients Help Themselves

Posted by VISTA Staffing on May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Do you have apps on your phone that help you get through the day? We mean mobile apps that keep you organized, remind you of things or save important files, help you reach goals or just stay connected and up to date. Now, how about apps for your patients?

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Topics: VISTA, Industry Updates

Big News for Locums Physicians: Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Updates

Posted by VISTA Staffing on May 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Licensing & Credentialing

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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