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Expect More from your Locum Tenens Partner

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Aug 13, 2019 9:00:00 AM

The Numbers Don't Lie

Locum tenens can help maintain your continuity of coverage while preserving your revenue stream. 

  • 94% of healthcare facility managers hired locum tenens providers, including NPs and PAs, within the past year
  • 80% of healthcare facility managers rate locum tenens providers as worth the cost
  • 75% of healthcare facility managers use locum tenens providers during permanent search or to address turnover
  • 50% of healthcare facility recruiters' time is spent on the management and utilization of locum tenens providers while performing a permanent search
  • 10% of healthcare facility managers use locum tenens conversions to fill full-time openings

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Topics: VISTA, Locum Tenens Work, Recruiting

The Impact of Physician Shortages on Healthcare Staffing and How Locum Tenens Can Help

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 19, 2019 9:00:00 AM

The growing physician shortage has a huge impact on healthcare staffing, creating challenges for medical facilities. More specifically, it’s making it difficult for them to recruit and retain quality physicians to provide proper care to patients.

According to a recent report from the Association of American Medical Colleges, one of the top factors contributing to the physician shortage and demand is a growing, aging population. Other factors include turnover in rural areas and physician burnout. As a result, many specialties are in high demand, including family medicine, internal medicine and radiology. This can affect staffing in a number of ways, but utilizing the services of locum tenens can help healthcare facilities alleviate its effects and maintain consistent staff coverage.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Physicians, Facilities & Practices, Locum Tenens Work, Recruiting

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, HR

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At VISTA we’re dedicated to being our clients’ strategic workforce optimization partner. With our deep industry expertise and exclusive locums MSP technology, we help health systems, hospitals, practices and government entities build and sustain effective workforce models that ensure patient access to care and organizational stability. Covering more than 60 specialties, we staff physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to help our clients preserve revenue and maintain profitability.