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The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact: What Does it Mean for Locum Tenens Physicians?

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), originally introduced in 2013, was first used to issue multistate medical licenses on April 20, 2017. The most-hailed Compact benefit is the lessened turnaround time: physicians are able to complete one online application to become licensed in as many participant states as desired. For providers practicing near state borders—and especially for locum tenens physicians who travel across state lines for work—the IMLC offers a convenient way to expand their services, providing freedom and flexibility to physicians and increasing overall access to healthcare for patients.

The Licensure Compact: Fast Facts for Locum Tenens Physicians

Benefits: The compact greatly increases the ability of locum tenens physicians to travel and provide quality medical care where patients need it most. Consilium is committed to matching our partnering physicians with locum tenens opportunities that best meet their specifications—the IMLC helps ensure that location will no longer be a barrier to helping you find your best professional fit.

Eligibility: Physicians must hold a full, unrestricted medical license in a state that has adopted the IMLC. In addition, you must live or work in your State of Principal Licensure (SPL), or “home state.” For more information on eligibility requirements, visit www.imlcc.org.

Cost: The IMLC Commission will charge one $700 fee for your State of Principal Licensure to conduct your background check. You will then pay state-specific fees for only the states in which you plan to practice medicine.

Interested in working a locum tenens position in a Compact state where you are not yet licensed? We’ve got you covered: in most cases, Consilium will reimburse the state fee for any new Compact license you obtain specifically for one of our opportunities.

The Process: You will complete the online licensure application with your home state, which will then be used to qualify you to practice medicine across state lines. What to expect:

  1. Complete the online licensure application for your State of Principal Licensure.
  2. Your home state will then verify your information and conduct a new background check for a fee of $700. You should receive results within several weeks.
  3. After receiving clearance, you will be sent a Letter of Qualification from your home state.
  4. You can then choose to become licensed in as many participating Compact states as desired.
  5. Submit state-specific licensure fees for your selected states—your additional licenses should be issued within a matter of days.

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Interested in locum tenens opportunities in IMLC states?

Call Consilium at +1 (877) 536-4696 and ask for the recruiter for your area or complete our convenient online form.

Locum Tenens Providers: Plan Ahead to Avoid DEA Delays

In late 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced several registration-related policy changes to be implemented in 2017. The proposed changes, particularly eliminating the renewal grace period for medical professionals, were likely to prove disruptive for providers, pharmacies, and patients. Resulting push-back from the medical community—including official responses from the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Physician Assistants—led to the reversal of most proposed modifications. However, one minor revision still was implemented earlier this month: providers will no longer receive a second renewal notice by mail.

If there is one constant for medical professionals across specialties, it is the continual demand for your time. While we may not be able to complete your charting for you (though we would if we could!), we can help make other paperwork less of a headache. Even if the recent DEA change seems minor at face value, the reality is that one fewer reminder could be the difference between meeting the renewal deadline and losing important prescriptive authority.

Consilium Sweats the Small Stuff…So Locums Providers Don’t Have to

When our partnering physicians, NPs, or PAs sign a contract with a facility that meets their practice preferences, we proactively note any renewals that will be necessary during the assignment. Several weeks before the deadline, your account manager will contact you and ensure that the renewal has been initiated. When you go to work for Consilium, you can rest easy knowing that you will never again have to worry about a registration lapse while traveling for an assignment.
Bonus: If the renewal deadline draws near and you are without reliable internet access, we’ve got that covered too. Our credentialing specialists can give you a quick call at your convenience to help you complete the forms over the phone.

Quick Registration Tips for the Busy Locum Tenens Professional

One of the perks of working locum tenens is the opportunity to travel the country for work. Though this does help you evade junk mail (who keeps adding you to all those mailing lists, anyway?), it also means that the DEA’s first renewal notice may not come to your (current) door. The second notice now will only be sent to the email address associated with your DEA account.

Prepare for the new reminder policy ahead of time:

  • Step one—Access your DEA provider account and verify that your contact information includes the email address you use most frequently.
  • Step two—While logged in to your account, make note of the date your renewal application is due.
  • Step three—Now, since it is already on your mind: set a calendar reminder to renew, especially if your deadline is within the next year.
  • Step four—Team up with Consilium: find a locum tenens job that meets your preferences…and let us deal with the details instead.

To check the expiration date of your DEA registration, you also may:

  • Call the DEA Registration Service Center at 1-800-882-9539
  • Email [email protected] and include your registration number

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Not so Risky Locum Tenens Business

Taking risks in life can be a good thing, but not so much when you are dealing with patient care.  In locums, we are not the provider’s employer; however we are introducing them to the medical facilities and communities where they will work with the “Consilium stamp of approval.”  We all have families and do all that we can to protect them, especially their health.  Speaking as a mother of boys, I want to know that in the event of an emergency, there will be a physician(s) available to me who has my children’s’ best interest at heart along with the skills required to meet their needs.  It could be the matter of life and death in some cases.  Recruiting quality healthcare providers for the community is just as important as choosing quality healthcare for ourselves.

In a perfect world, all healthcare providers would have a pristine medical background, but the reality is that is just not always the case.  There are many great providers who have been involved in situations that ended with unfavorable outcomes.  For some specialties, it’s almost inevitable.  So, what goes into deciding who’s “in”?

There is the obvious duty of assisting with credentialing providers:  verifying education, board certification, licenses, work history, malpractice history, and having them meet our approval guidelines for medical malpractice insurance. However I believe we also have a duty to assess the intangible skills as well, which can be accomplished through referencing.  So what do we want to know?  We want to know what peers and patients have to say about their work ethic and bedside manner.  Are they a comfort to their patients in the time of a potential health crisis?  Are they passionate about providing solutions for their patient’s healthcare needs?  Are they humble enough to seek advice or assistance when something is beyond their scope or medical knowledge?  I know for me, the answers to these questions make all the difference in the world.  Knowledge and clinical skills are vital and necessary, but bedside manner and social skills post up as close seconds in my book.

At the end of the day, it is our common goal to provide quality healthcare to the community and I take pride in saying that we do our due diligence daily to achieve this.  We are all in this together and are glad to be setting ourselves and our physicians apart from the rest.

Here’s to safe Locuming!

Written by Courtney Norgart Risk/QA Manager for Consilium Staffing.