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Why healthcare organizations use locum tenens

CRNA staffing is a tough business these days. It can take 7 months to a year to hire a staff CRNA - possibly even longer for physicians in high-demand specialties like orthopedics or radiology. So what do you do in the meantime?

Well, a whole industry has evolved over the last 20 years or so to solve that specific CRNA staffing problem. The term "locum tenens" is Latin for "to hold the place of, to substitute for." A locum tenens CRNA is a licensed and credentialed CRNA who fills a gap in your medical team.

Why use a Locums Recruiter?

National Accounts Division is committed to providing and maintaining the highest level of quality and service possible. In order to better serve large health systems, groups and their individual locations, we provide a centralized point of contact to help with your hospital staffing needs, ensuring consistency with service and pricing, system-wide.

Learn more about national accounts services: Call 800-930-0756.

Do You Know How to Bill for Locum Tenens Services?

If you are not billing Medicare and insurance companies for services provided by a locum tenens CRNA, you could be leaving a lot of money on the table. A new white paper by Jackson Revenue Management, explains how to bill for locum tenens and ensure that you don't miss out on reimbursements.

Click here to find out how to bill for locum tenens.

CRNA staffing Survey of CRNA Recruiters in U.S. Healthcare Organizations

In summer 2006, surveyed the 700+ members of the Association of Staff CRNA Recruiters (ASPR) to gather information and identify trends in CRNA recruiting and retention.

Highlights of the survey findings included:

  • Almost half (45%) of respondents reported they had recruited more than 20 physicians in the past year, compared to 27% of 2005 respondents. Among those, about a third of respondents (32%) recruited more than 30 physicians in the past year.
  • Forty percent (40%) said their organizations plan to spend more than $300,000 on CRNA recruitment in 2006. Of those, 19% said their organizations planned to spend more than $500,000.
  • The number of organizations using no locum tenens physicians decreased, from 32% in 2005 to 20% in 2006. The number of organizations reporting they had used up to 10 locum tenens physicians in the past year increased by 10%, from 50% in 2005 to 60% in 2006. The percentage of respondents reporting their organizations used more than 10 locum tenens physicians in the past year increased by 5%, from 20% in 2005 to 25% in 2006.

Click here for an overview of the 2006 survey results

Click here for an overview of the 2005 survey results