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'Float pool' offers alternative to locum tenens

Practices have always had to handle temporary physician vacancies from maternity leave, a scheduled vacation, or an unexpected resignation or firing, but as more physicians opt for part-time work options, filling these vacancies is becoming an increasingly common problem.

The first place most practices look to solve this problem is locum tenens physicians, which are temporary doctors hired from an external agency. Seventy-seven percent of healthcare facilities have used a locum tenens physician within the past 12 months, and 54% are currently looking for locums to supplement the existing staff, according Staff Care’s 2008 Review of Temporary Physician Staffing Trends.

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Jennings Staley (10/31/2014 at 12:09 AM)
Excellent article. The good news is you don't have to use locum tenens anymore. Technology has allowed us to both perform sourcing support and give management tools to health [INVALID]ems which enable them to build their own float pools, thus replacing locum's altogether. Sorry for plugging our business here but if anyone is interested in learning more about this innovative service check us out at www.freelancephysician.com An online staffing model like ours deployed nationwide would save the healthcare [INVALID]em over $1 billion in 2015 against the cost of locum tenants services. That's something worthy of comment.