Locums and Healthcare

No matter what kind, or how you cook them, I will never be a fan of vegetables. However, this does not mean that I haven’t realized it would be in my best interest to eat them anyway. Shown to prevent illness, and considered to be the most health-promoting food group on the planet, I have forced myself to deal with the unpleasant tastes and textures of vegetables in order to do what’s best for my health in the long run. Would America be better off if we stopped eating vegetables? No. We don’t eat enough vegetables now.

The healthcare industry needs its vegetables. It needs Locum Tenens.

Our healthcare scene is changing rapidly. No matter your political preference or current health status, this is something we can all agree on. The healthcare process that your parents or grandparents grew up with is already completely different than what we experience now, and it will be completely different than what our kids and grandkids will experience in the generations to come. There are too many ‘X’ factors within our current healthcare model that keep us from accurately predicting exactly what our future system will look like. Modest changes to things like billing reimbursement, insurance coverage plans, and the funding of Medicare and Medicaid, could all make drastic waves in the healthcare pool further down the line, or sooner than we expect.

There are very few constants in healthcare, but one we can always count on is the growing shortage of available physicians; a problem that will only get worse once roughly 40 million new patients are added to the equation under the government’s new Affordable Care Act.  Supply simply isn’t able to keep up with demand, and considering that it takes 7+ years to develop a well-trained physician, it might seem like finding an immediate solution is unrealistic. Right now, Locum Tenens coverage is the only chance we have to reduce this shortage. Providing the ability to immediately place quality physicians into areas where coverage is scarce makes Locum Tenens a very viable option for all medical-based facilities. Hospitals, clinics, community health centers, and correctional facilities alike can all benefit from using a Locum Tenens provider to alleviate their gaps in coverage, and allow them time to plan and implement a quality solution for the long term.

The go-to reason – or excuse – for avoiding locum tenens coverage is the premium cost of bringing in a short-term provider. Facilities and clinics will place Locum Tenens on the back burner while they continue to search for a more cost-effective solution. The reality, however, is the opportunity costs that are lost by not providing immediate coverage far outweigh the costs to bring in a temporary provider, so the damage that you’re trying to avoid is actually happening in real time. The longer you wait to implement a plan, the more damage your clinics and patients suffer. Patients will go elsewhere, and that’s revenue that cannot be recovered. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that it would benefit all parties to bring in a Locum Tenens provider? Patients are treated, revenue streams stay constant, and providers are able to earn additional income to help alleviate the burdens of medical school loans. That’s a win-win-win situation, if you ask me.

Let’s look at this another way: if the pipes in your bathroom were to burst, pushing a constant stream of water onto the floor and causing damage by the minute, would you sit by idly and wait for the plumber to arrive? What if he can’t make it for a few days? Do you simply allow water to run rampant all over your house until then? Of course not.  Instead, you will look for a quick fix until a professional can arrive to provide a permanent solution.  Why should healthcare be looked at any differently? That water all over your floor is lost revenue from patients going to another clinic to be treated, and it’s difficult to gain that patient back once they’ve left. Locum Tenens places a band-aid over that break in the pipes, allowing you time to find the most qualified provider for your clinics while still allowing the facilities to continue operating effectively.

So instead of watching the healthcare industry panic over the looming concerns ahead, let’s work together to provide immediate relief and allow more time to look for a long term solution.

Eat your vegetables, America.

Written by Landon Webb, Director of Account Management  for Consilium Staffing.

Why Locum?

Why We Locum

Consilium Staffing was founded by a group of individuals with decades of combined experience in the world of physician staffing. We came together with the purpose of creating a locum tenens staffing company that was more than just a job placement agency. We wanted to create a quality standard for our industry; we wanted to stand for something. Our goal was to build an organization that had more meaning and value than just our bottom line. We wanted to create a company that served as a true partner to the hospitals and clinics needing locum tenens coverage and to the physicians and mid-level providers who choose to work in a locums capacity. We wanted to make an impact in the lives of the people that we work with and beyond. We believe we accomplish that goal by creating a locum tenens staffing company that operates at the highest ethical and moral level, conducting business with true integrity and a customer-first mentality. Whether you are a clinic seeking assistance, or the locum looking for work, we treat every partner with the same grace and service as we would treat ourselves.   We believe we are here to serve; here to serve our clients, our providers, our community, and one another (our fellow Consilium teammates). This dedication and commitment to service returns tremendously rewarding results, and that motivates us further to continue to do what we do. It is the satisfaction of knowing that we helped a rural community health center keeps its doors open because we were able to find just the right physician to provide coverage when they had no one else. It is the pride we feel in helping a provider earn additional revenue by working with one of our locums, creating opportunities to help supplement his or her practice, which is reliant on Medicare and Medicaid patients alone. It is the smile of a young child at the local Children’s Hospital where our employees volunteer. It is the realization that because of our client and provider relationships, patients are being treated and hospitals are continuing to help those in need. Those are the reasons that we locum.

Why I Locum

For me, personally, the “why” has drastically changed since I first entered physician staffing more than a decade ago. In all honesty, I entered the business without any previous knowledge that such a field existed, and I did so for no reason other than that I needed a job. A good friend of mine suggested a company to me; he got me an interview, and I got the offer. At the time it was simple: I figured a job in physician staffing, whatever that was, would be much better than not having a job.   After working in the field for several years, at times struggling, and at times succeeding, I left the industry for a while thinking that my days of locums staffing were done. But I was lured back in by those who would become my fellow founders of Consilium. What lured me back was the opportunity to create a new and better locum tenens experience for the clients and physicians we would serve. It seemed to me, and to us as a group, the industry was going through a shift which created an opportunity for a company to focus more on service, building personal relationships, and adding a personal touch. We saw an opportunity to offer a small-town type of personal experience, yet offer “big city” amenities. We believe we can offer all the best that the largest, oldest, or most accomplished locum tenens companies can offer in terms of opportunities, insurance coverage, travel accommodations, pay, etc., but that we can do it without losing the personal touch of a true business relationship, making the locums experience more meaningful and more successful for everyone involved… We subscribe to the Zig Zigler school of thought: “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” We here at Consilium can accomplish all our own personal goals if we help achieve the goals of others. Our focus is on those we serve, and I believe that is unique in this industry. And that is why I locum.   In summary: I locum because I believe that Consilium can make a difference.

Why do you Locum?

So you have heard a little about me, about us, about our company… What about you? Why do you do locum? What motivated you to enter the field? What keeps you engaged with locums now? Let us hear from you….Tell us why you locum today!

Matt Baade  - Executive Vice President/Partner