The National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations (NALTO) has announced the appointment of Matt Young, Chief Operating Officer of All Star Recruiting Strategic Healthcare Staffing, to its Board of Directors. During Young’s more than 14-year career in the locum tenens space, he has touched every aspect of the business, from hiring and training, to operations and information technology, to sales and executive leadership.
Every so often a provider comes along who goes above and beyond the call of duty. This story highlights a clinician we are very proud to work with and deserves to be singled out in a positive light; in the same way he makes his patients feel so uniquely important.
At All Star Recruiting, we believe the use of locum tenens providers should be viewed as a part of the solution and not so much a problem for our clients. But even the most organized and coordinated on-boarding doesn’t replace good old common sense and management skills when it comes to effective utilization of a locum tenens provider. This is where working with a recruiting agency like us can make all the difference.
In the past few blog installments, we’ve talked about credentialing for medical staff privileging and for payer participation credentialing. Just when you thought we had covered all the issues that could possibly affect even the most well-planned start-up, there are a couple more nuances to review that many who are contracting with physicians may not be aware of. See the following to avoid those potential pitfalls!
Ah, the debate on using Modifier Q6 (aka billing for services furnished by a locum tenens physician) rolls on. Much like the wording for an amendment on an election ballot, understanding the issue at hand to confidently give an outright “yes, go for it” or “no, don’t do it” answer is difficult to come by.
A couple years ago I heard a credentialer say, “Locum Tenens is a type of practitioner, and not a type of privilege.” Such an incredibly succinct statement considering how often the relationship is confused with a privilege type. The days of locum tenens physicians practicing with minimal verifications and on-boarding activities are dwindling.
The common misconception that a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) certificate allows a provider national permission to prescribe anywhere will often derail the timeline when trying to get a locum tenens provider working on assignment.
Don’t just take it at face value that a locum tenens provider is cleared to start a new assignment because you are both eager to make it happen. Start dates can be delayed or missed altogether if you don’t anticipate licensure needs and requirements in advance. The boy scouts had it right all along…be prepared to avoid coverage lulls and stress caused by lack of information. The process and constraints between each state varies, so here are some of the main items to keep in mind to set your expectations.
Join us over the next several weeks as guest blogger, Arlene Macellaro, goes on a deep-dive exploration of tips and techniques to make the use of locum tenens providers a planned and effective solution for you and your organization.
Spring cleaning projects have likely distracted most of us from the focus of New Year’s Resolutions that have long since fallen by the wayside. This is yet another opportunity (aka excuse,) to clean out your closet, start that home landscaping endeavor, or even reevaluate and examine your career options.
"When I was initially contacted by All Star, I had already been approached by several companies and presented to quite a few opportunities so I didn't think I needed to speak to another firm. What I didn't count on was All Star having another eight positions which other agencies didn't have. Now I'm happily working at one of the options they offered. Thanks!"
- Bal A., M.D.
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