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4 in 10 Healthcare Organizations Seek Locum Tenens

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 15, 2012

"This is the tsunami that's been waiting to happen," Owens says. "Without those residency spots, the number of students isn't impacting the demand like we need it to."

Owens says 20% of the positions that Staff Care was asked to fill in 2011 were for primary care physicians. That was followed by 19% for behavioral care providers; 16% for anesthesia providers; 10% for hospitalists; and 8% for surgeons.

"We are also seeing a fusion of behavioral health and primary care," Owens says. "We are seeing patients come in for a variety of different needs, for instance, diabetes or obesity. Some of that can be caused by depression or onset depression."

The respondents in the survey said they liked the convenience of using locum tenens, mainly for care continuity and preventing revenue loss. However, 86% of the respondents identified the high cost of temporary help as the most significant drawback when hiring locum tenens.

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2 comments on "4 in 10 Healthcare Organizations Seek Locum Tenens"


J. Sterling (5/16/2012 at 8:21 AM)
This is true about locums, but there are hospitals and other institutions who cannot retain personnel due to poor benefit and salary packages. Also, there are backward and outdated administrative policies in play. Including Administrators who treat their out of the way Critical Access Hospitals as their personal fifedoms which when locums are finally approached turn down the permanent positions.

Ben Amirault (5/15/2012 at 8:24 AM)
Great article. It's true. More and more organizations are turning to locums, and they aren't always hospitals. Our account managers at Barton Associates are seeing increased activity from companies that are not traditional locum tenens clients. The assignments range from a two-day job performing hernia exams at oil rig sites to staffing the medical tent at a cancer walk. Read more at http://www.bartonassociates.com/2012/05/14/locum-tenens-staffing-its-not-just-for-hospitals-and-clinics-anymore/