Since 2012, the use of locum tenens physicians for physician staffing has gone up 20%. Locum tenens can help your hospital retain existing patients and acclimate new patients while maintaining revenue. They’ve also become a viable solution to the problem of surgeon burnout.
There are risks. While other traveling personnel like nurses or allied healthcare providers have the luxury of longer contracts, locums often don’t have much time to get adjusted. If trained incorrectly, a locum tenens physician can actually cost your hospital money, sometimes to the tune of $2,000 a day. Today we’ll look at 8 ways to prepare for a locum tenens physician, and how to get them up-to-date quickly.