For healthcare systems across the country, hiring locum tenens physicians provides an excellent way to provide in-patient coverage. From radiology and anesthesiology to emergency care, locum tenens specialists can be brought on board as needed without making a permanent commitment.
A recent benchmarking survey by Staffing Industry Analysts in conjunction with the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations (NALTO) found strong demand for hospitalists. From 2009 to 2010, staffing revenue rose more than 20 percent for hospitalists, according to the survey, while overall locum tenens revenue was virtually unchanged. The survey noted that hospitalists now constitute 15 percent of the locum tenens market on a national basis - the largest single specialty. Other locum tenens specialties mentioned in the survey include OB-GYN and pediatrics.
For healthcare systems, the benefits of engaging locum tenens hospitalists include responsiveness to patient demand - both on an aggregate and individual level. Since hospitalists are employees of the healthcare system, schedules can be adjusted to accommodate changes in patient population. Hospitalists are also close at hand in case of a medical emergency or a change in a patient’s condition.
Because hospitalists see a wide variety of conditions in an in-patient setting, they gain experience in managing these cases, helping to improve the hospital’s quality of care and service levels. They are also readily available to answer questions from family members, explain a patient’s condition and provide support if needed - all factors that can increase customer satisfaction levels.
With more than 20 years experience in locum tenens staffing, All Medical Personnel expects the trend toward hospitalists will continue in the coming years, providing benefits to healthcare organizations, locum tenens physicians, and the patients and families they serve.