Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What benefits are there to working a locum tenens assignment from the perspective of a healthcare provider?
Locum tenens can be a life choice, a temporary choice, or a chance to supplement your current income. Locum tenens providers can pick their own work schedule, and also where they work. For some providers, this is a quality of life choice. Other providers may be looking to make a permanent career change or move. For these providers, locum tenens creates an opportunity to work in different geographic locations or different facilities and assess their preferences before committing long–term to a move or another type of career change. Some providers are able to manage their permanent work schedules in a manner in which they are available to work locums one week per month. This allows these providers to earn extra fees for services without impacting their full-time jobs or practice. Locum tenens also allows providers an opportunity to maintain current status on their licenses and credentials. Depending upon your situation, the benefits of locum tenens apply to both physicians and mid-levels.
Is Locum Tenens available to only experienced providers?
To the contrary, locum tenens offers something for providers with all levels of experience. For providers looking to work less or sell their practices or maybe contemplating retirement, locum tenens offers part-time or full-time work without the burden of managing or operating an entire practice and office. Depending upon your specialty, medical malpractice insurance could be a very significant expense. Locum tenens providers can practice in their specialties and the medical malpractice insurance is provided at no cost to the provider. Also providers can choose to work in other geographical areas and create a working vacation or get away. For inexperienced providers, locum tenens provides a means of getting a wide range of experience in a variety of settings enabling one to choose exactly where he/she would like to practice or if a career as a locum tenens provider is the best fit. Locum tenens providers are well-compensated so do not feel you are sacrificing income by choosing locum tenens.
Is there a minimum term I must work if I choose locum tenens?
Any provider can work as much or as little as they choose. All assignments vary so the secret is in choosing the best assignment to fit your needs and desires. LocumTenens is focused on putting you in the right assignment every time. Our staffing professionals will work to make sure your assignment matches your expectations.
Who pays for medical malpractice insurance, travel, lodging, credentialing, etc.?
NOT YOU! Regardless of the expense, all of this is taken care of for you. No one wants a surprise when it comes to expenses. Our staffing professionals at LocumTenens will cover every aspect of the assignment with you and make sure you understand how everything is being handled. Whether expenses will be handled through a reimbursement or paid directly, LocumTenens wants to make sure that each assignment is a pleasant experience, so we make sure any surprises are good ones. If travel or special arrangements are necessary, all of those types of matters will be addressed up front.
Is locum tenens compensation competitive?
Yes it is. If it wasn’t, providers would not do it to the extent they are. Locum tenens is a fast growing industry for its benefits, but this growth starts with competitive pay. All aspects of pay for services is addressed before the assignment is confirmed, including on-call rates, overtime pay, and other special assignments such as nights and week-ends, if applicable.
Who is LocumTenens and how do they work?
LocumTenens is made of up of experienced healthcare staffing professionals. The process starts with your agreement to let us work for you. The next step will involve completing our application so we may assess your experience and determine what assignment will be the best fit for you. At that time, we will present to you each assignment that we believe is a good fit. You can discuss the assignments and ask questions to our professionals so you can understand all you need to make a good decision. Remember, LocumTenens does not hire you. Ultimately, the healthcare facility with the need makes the final decision in connection with you. Accordingly, it does not help LocumTenens or you to pursue assignments that are not a good mutual fit. Once you make a selection(s), LocumTenens will provide your background or CV to the client seeking services. Your information will not be presented to any client without your prior consent. Once you and the client agree on an assignment, LocumTenens provides you all of the information you need to start the assignment and make sure you know where to go and how you are getting there.
Does LocumTenens only work with physicians?
Absolutely not! LocumTenens handles mid-levels as well and all types of healthcare providers. Locum tenens used to be associated with physicians only, but the growth and demand for mid-levels requires that we work with all healthcare providers to meet the needs of our clients and we treat all providers with the same level of care and service.
What if I have questions while I am on an assignment?
LocumTenens is always there for you. If you have any questions at all, please call us. LocumTenens wants you to be happy and you should never feel alone. We want to hear from you.
How do I contact LocumTenens or begin to pursue an assignment?
LocumTenens.org can be reached by email at: support@LocumTenens.org.
We look forward to working with you!