Whether you’re a locum tenens physician, NP or PA looking to switch things up with a new assignment, or just out of training and ready to give locum tenens a try for the first time, a staffing agency can be a tremendous resource. There are plenty of locum tenens staffing agencies out there—so how do you navigate your options and find a good fit?
With the autonomy and flexibility of locum tenens comes the need to step up your financial management skills. Locum tenens work follows an independent contractor model, which means you’re responsible for setting aside money for taxes and keeping tabs of business-related expenses. Tracking things like the miles you drive, the medical equipment you purchase and even your meals while on assignment can turn into tax benefits and deductions.
Luckily, technology is there to make it easier. Try these 5 powerful expense tracking mobile apps. They support all major currencies, offer multiple options for tracking mileage and integrate with popular accounting solutions to make bookkeeping a breeze, but each offers something a little different.
Locum tenens work offers exciting advantages for your medical career—your taxes just may be a little more complicated than a standard employee. Because most locum tenens work is based on an independent contractor model, a key part of managing your career is accurate and diligent recordkeeping.
Turn the following tips into habits to avoid surprises at tax time—and to ensure you take advantage of all tax deductions you’re entitled to.
Pay Yourself Last
Forgetting to set aside money for taxes could eat into money you have budgeted for other items. A good rule of thumb for 1099 employees is to pay taxes, debts and bills before paying yourself. That includes setting aside 40% of your earnings for federal, state and self-employment taxes. It’s also smart to set money aside for time between jobs to fill the gap in income, and to put a fixed amount into savings each month for emergencies.
Quick, grab your medical dictionary! What, it’s not within arms reach at all times of the day? What about your smartphone? That’s what we thought. Smartphones and tablets have changed the way we function. From turning the house lights on before you get home, to checking on your sleeping baby in the nursery, technology has been a game changer in all aspects of our lives.
In the healthcare industry, it’s no different. With mobile devices becoming so commonplace in healthcare settings, there has been a rapid growth in the development of medical apps. These applications have made it simple and quick for healthcare providers to look up medications and treatment options, use a medical calculator and even manage their time. Best of all, most of these are free to download and use!
If you’ve considered working locum tenens to increase your practice experience or if you are looking for a change of pace, we invite you to consider the travel benefits of working locum assignments. Not only does locum tenens allow you to travel around the U.S. and abroad, but it also exposes you to different work environments and cultures. The following is a list of three travel benefits of working locum assignments:
Are you a dedicated, intelligent, motivated person with a sense of humor and "gumption"? Then you just might have what it takes to work at VISTA!
Summer has arrived which means busier airports and longer wait times. And during heavy travel seasons, airport security naturally tightens. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will expect you to come prepared and know what is expected of you as a traveler.
If you receive a locum tenens assignment that requires you to travel by plane, the following five airport security tips will help prepare you for summer travel.
We had a great time at this year's Association of Staff Physician Recruiters Conferencein New Orleans – it’s one of our favorite conferences of the year, because we love to see our clients and hear about their needs. Kurt Scott, Director of Physician Search and Consulting said, “I didn’t think we could top last year’s annual conference, but I was wrong! What a terrific show. Laura Screeney was a rock star and an amazing emcee, the lineup of speakers was awesome and the conference was really well run. As an exhibitor, I could not have been more pleased.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 84,000 healthcare jobs were added between January and March of 2015. The growth in job demand is due, in large part to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — 90% of Americans reported having healthcare coverage as of April 2015. Data presented in Health eCareers’ Q1 2015 Healthcare Jobs Snapshot show three healthcare positions experiencing tremendous growth: physician/surgeon, physician assistant and nurse practitioner jobs. Growth was measured by the number of HEC job openings — year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter — indicating these three areas were among the most in-demand healthcare jobs.
We will discuss these three areas of job growth in detail and explore why they are experiencing the most growth year-over-year, as sourced from the HealtheCareers’ Q1 2015 Healthcare Jobs Snapshot quarterly report.
Telehealth services are quickly shifting the healthcare infrastructure by (1) improving patient access to care, (2) reducing healthcare costs, (3) improving healthcare services, and (4) increasing patient demand for telemedicine services. This post will discuss telemedicine, how it is used, and future projections of its success.
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.