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Use of Locum Tenens Physicians Keeps Growing

Rise in hiring of locum tenens by hospitals, medical groups, and other healthcare organizations driven by physician shortage and employed physician model January 20, 2017 Ken Terry, Contributing Editor, Medscape Medical News In a reflection of changing practice patterns, an increasing number of hospitals, medical groups, and other healthcare organizations are hiring locum tenens physicians to fill gaps in care, according to a new survey released by Staff Care, a firm that staffs healthcare facilities. The survey found that about 48,000 physicians work in locum tenens positions, up from 44,000 in 2014 and 26,000 in 2002. Of the 206 managers of healthcare facilities who responded to the 2016 survey, 94% said they’d employed locum tenens physicians within the past 12 months, compared to 91% in 2014 and 74% in 2012. Forty-seven percent of the facilities were actively seeking locum tenens doctors, up from 42% in 2014 and 39% in 2012. Primary care doctors were the most sought-after locum tenens practitioners. Almost 44% of the facility managers had hired temporary primary care doctors in the past year, compared to 35% in 2014 and 28% in 2012. Also in demand were hospitalists, behavioral healthcare providers, and emergency medicine physicians. About three quarters of the managers had used at least one locum tenens physician in a typical month, and 24% had used four or more, up from 18% in 2014. Just more than a quarter of the managers had hired locum tenens nurse practitioners or physician assistants, compared to nearly 10% in 2012. Locum tenens physicians were mainly used to fill in until permanent doctors were found in certain specialties or to address staff turnover....

Why we need team-based chronic care management

February 7, 2017 | By Ruth Perry Primary Care Development Corporation A few years ago I was involved in the case of John Smith (not his real name), a patient who was referred by the hospital emergency department (ED) to a care management team in a low-income urban community in New Jersey. John was a homeless man who’d been living in an emergency shelter for three years with insulin-dependent diabetes, blindness, and chronically low sodium levels. The team consisted of a nurse case manager, a social worker, and two community health workers. Because of John’s multiple disorders, his management was complicated and he fell into a cycle of bouncing between the ED and his assisted living facility. During one particularly difficult weekend, John was brought to the ED three times. Only after the nurse case manager and I spoke to his treating physicians at the hospital and nursing home were we able to determine the cause of all his ailments. They placed him on appropriate medication. The care management team continued to work with him, arranging an appointment with an ophthalmologist who determined that his blindness was due to cataracts, which were corrected with surgery. With his vision restored and his medical conditions managed, John was able to find stable housing, was linked to primary care, and is currently living independently. He had no further ED visits. This is an extraordinary case where the application of team-based chronic care management (CCM) was able not just to help a patient get healthy, but to take control of his life again. This is not an isolated incident; countless others have had...

The Telehealth Movement

Our professionals at Assurgent Medical Staffing are constantly looking for innovative ways to provide opportunities for doctors and medical facilities. Right now, the most innovative concept in healthcare is Telehealth. Our goal is to help medical practices, hospitals, and clinics understand the benefits of utilizing telehealth in their facility, while at the same time providing an opportunity to medical providers to reach more patients in a more efficient and less time consuming manner. Telehealth, also known as Tele-Medicine, is booming right now. An article published on Forbes.com in September 2015 brings to light 5 different companies who are leading the way in this industry. However, before we get into the five leading “tele-companies”, where did the idea for telehealth come from? The article pointed at two different factors that paved the way for Telehealth. First, telehealth is modeled off of online banking. With online banking, it took some time for people to understand the convenience of its use. Today, most people never step foot into an actual bank unless it is for a purpose that cannot be dealt with online. Telehealth is expanding, and will likely end up being utilized in the same fashion. The other company that has paved the way for Telehealth is Microsoft. Microsoft came out with their Kinect Motion Sensor in order to create a better gaming experience. Little did they know that this technology would be so useful in the medical field. The human skeletal tracking system can be used for musculoskeletal health. Microsoft’s Senior Director for Worldwide Health, Dr. Bill Crounse explained, “I have seen Kinect being used in applications for physical medicine and...

Projected Physician Shortage

Predictions show that by 2025, our physician workforce is not going to be large enough to meet the demand. According to a 2013 report prepared for the Association of American Medical Colleges, or AAMC, there are 767,100 physicians who are actively practicing that have completed their graduate medical education, and are under the age of 75. Of these physicians 26% are between age 55 and 65 years old, meaning many of them will retire over the next 10 years. This could remove almost 30% of our physician work force. In addition, the amount of physicians completing their graduate medical education each year, around 29,000, is remaining the same. Another factor for these predictions is that younger physicians, in the millennial’s generation, are more likely to prefer to work fewer hours than physician’s from older generations. Census data shows that male physicians between 26 and 35 worked 5.3 hours less each week in 2011 than the demographic in 1980. While those 35 and over worked about the same amount.  The study projects that 46, 100 to possibly 90,400 less physicians will be working in 2025, than the projected supply...

Assurgent Medical Staffing Gives Back

Assurgent Medical Staffing Gives Back In today’s world, it is easy to get caught up in the daily hustle. At Assurgent Medical, our professional staff is focused and driven to meet all of our deadlines. However, this does not mean that we do not have the time to give back to our community. Many of our team members give back by volunteering, coaching little league, and doing random acts of kindness within our community on their own. At Assurgent Medical, we take this one step further and make volunteering a priority as a company. Preserving a spirit of generosity includes getting out of the office, and giving back. Assurgent Medical has partnered up with Open Hand Atlanta, to help prepare and package meals for homebound seniors, friends and neighbors throughout metro Atlanta, who are struggling with a chronic or critical illness. During our last volunteer opportunity this past Tuesday, our staff helped Open Hand Atlanta pack over 545 meals and route 1395 meals! Take a look at our team, all dressed and ready to go to work.       If giving back is important to you, be sure find a company to work with who has similar values! You can feel confident in Assurgent Medical to meet your Medical Staffing needs. Please give us a call today and see how we can help...

Why Choose a Medical Staffing Firm?

Have you considered using a Medical Staffing Firm to help find your next placement in the medical field? At Assurgent Medical Staffing, we are equipped to help you find fulfilling work that suits your needs. Whether you are searching for something permanent or for a locum tenens position, we have the recruiting and credentialing personnel in place to assist you with everything from your search to every detail in the credentialing process. Physicians choose Locum Tenens work for many reasons. Some might choose a Locum Tenens position as an opportunity to travel or to network with other providers. Some might use it as an opportunity to fill the gap in between one position and the next, or to provide income while working to start their own practice. At Assurgent Medical Staffing, we do not only help you to find the perfect placement. Our professional staff is available to help you find answers, and to advocate for you and your qualifications as a medical provider. Then, we will assist in everything from privileging and licensing to arrangements for travel and housing. Assurgent Medical has helped providers in varying situations find their next placement. Whatever the reason is that you are looking for a temporary or permanent position, Assurgent Medical Staffing is here for you. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you obtain the position you...

Physician Salaries by Specialty

Are you wondering how you stack up against the rest? On average, how much money do doctors actually make, and how different are their salaries by specialty? According to AOL Jobs, Business Insider, Medscape opened a survey in which 19,500 physicians responded. The physician salaries reported were across 26 different physician specialties. The survey found that doctors that do more procedures make more money than those who manage chronic illnesses. How does your physician salary compare? See the results of this survey below:   If you’re looking for a medical staffing firm that pays you what you believe you deserve, Assurgent Medical Staffing is the firm to work with. We will consult with you, and make sure that you are satisfied with the wages you are making! Whether you are looking for permanent or locum tenen’s assignments, give the recruiters a call today!...

The US Military HealthCare System Goes Digital

Assurgent Medical is continually staying on top of the latest news in healthcare in order to provide you with the best possible information. The healthcare industry has certainly changed with more and more businesses and organizations turning to the digital world to make things more streamlined. In fact, just recently, the United States Defense Departments Military Health System turned over its health record upgrade to the Cerner Corporation. At the end of July, the 10-year contract was awarded to the Cerner Corp in what is believed to be the largest technology health information contract to date. Cerner Corp was awarded the $4.3 billion dollar contract after beating out Epic Systems, one of Cerner’s archrivals. The contract will modernize records of military personnel, their families and veterans and retirees. Originally, there were six companies competing for the massive government contract, which involves over 50 hospitals and literally hundreds of medical clinics both in the US and overseas. Although representatives remain tight-lipped about the details of the massive contract, it is said to involve the implementation of an upgraded electronic health records system for the military like no other. Cerner, who teamed with the Leidos Corporation on the final bid for the contract, beat out the likes of Hewlett-Packard and IBM over a two-year period. The Cerner Corporation is a Kansas City-based technology company that has built its foundation on intelligent solutions for businesses and organizations in the healthcare industry. With over 18,000 facilities located around the globe, the services range from financial, clinical, and of course, operational needs using applications that are developed with doctors in mind focusing on the...