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Locum Tenens Physicians work in 75% of all Health Care Facilities

A recent industry survey indicates that Locum Tenens medical professionals are here to stay. Here are some Locum Tenens facts revealed in a recent survey by Staff Care: The percentage of medical facilities using locum tenens physicians hasn’t been lower than 75% since 2006. On an average day in 2011, more than 40% of all medical facilities were searching for locum tenens doctors. In 2011, most medical facilities used one or more locum tenens doctors every 31 days. Nearly 80% of administrators feel the value of locum tenens physicians outweighs the cost. Locum tenens doctors are most frequently used as (...)

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Physician Compensation Trends – 2012

See where things are headed with physician compensation.  Review the results from a survey taken by nearly 25,000 U.S. physicians across 25 specialty areas. The presentation below provides valuable data on physician income. Explore the latest trends in pay broken down by specialty, geography, gender, practice type and other parameters, and gain various insights into job satisfaction. To discuss what it all means for your organization, contact a Concorde consultant online. Or give us a call anytime at 800-334-6407.We have the experience, physician feedback and relationships to provide informed recommendations on when to offer signing bonuses, loan repayments, etc. View (...)

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5 Tips for Better Billing and Compensation

RVU Maximizing Your Reimbursement? By Kathryne Plato, CPC Director of Coding at ebix Proper dictation and coding is a key to maximizing revenues both for your organization and your physicians – especially if you're using a Relative Value Units (RVU) formula. That's why the following tips on RVUs are a win-win; share them with your physicians. First, a quick look at how RVUs are calculated. They're dependent on the patient encounter being coded accurately and in a timely manner. Physician Work RVUs account for the time, technical skill, mental effort and judgment, and stress to provide a service. Practice Expense (...)

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Staff Snapshot: Jody Kaiser

Account Manager, Locum Tenens Years at Concorde: 20+ years What's your role with Concorde? I get to the heart of a Locum Tenens staffing need and I solve it. A good fit is key so that the client and the physician are satisfied and that good patient care is delivered. What do you like about your position? I've been fortunate to build long-term client relationships, some of which I developed over 16 years ago. Problem solving is my forte. I enjoy partnering with clients to solve their staffing problems in creative ways. It's always satisfying to put together all the (...)

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Why Locum Tenens Candidates Are Better Than Ever

In the current economic and political climate, finding ways to increase revenues and incomes is on everyone's mind. In healthcare staffing, one result of this mindset is an increasing interest in locum tenens positions – and more high-quality candidates available for your staff. Physicians are feeling a little squeezed of late for a variety of reason. Increased paperwork and related overhead costs due to recent changes in healthcare A decrease in federal reimbursements, especially Medicare Fewer patients on account of economic circumstances Overall, working harder for less money To offset these challenges, it's no surprise that more and more doctors (...)

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6 Potential Deal-Breakers in Candidate Screening

In Concorde's stringent qualification process, it's often as much about the candidates we don't send you, as those we do. So we thought you might like to know why some candidates might not make the cut. Here are the six most common reasons: Gaps in employment or residency changes. These issues must be looked at closely, but with proper and verified explanations, they may be fine. Certification delays. It could mean the candidate didn't pass an exam or didn't believe it was important, but sometimes there's a more satisfactory explanation. Departures for "political reasons." Peculiar or vague explanations for leaving a (...)

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The Power of Experience and Personal Service

At Concorde, we encourage you to think of our consultants as an extension of your organization. That's the best way to take advantage of the high levels of experience – an average of 14 years – that you'll find on our team. For example, meet our two Directors of Allied Health Recruitment, Andrea Egerton and Ken Williams. Andrea Egerton With over 20 years of experience as a Concorde consultant, Andrea specializes in permanent placements for Allied Health professionals in Radiology, Cardiology and Ultrasound. Before joining Concorde, she worked for several years as a psychotherapist, Director of Marketing for a psychiatric (...)

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The 2 Keys to Signing Your Top Candidate

So, you’ve found that perfect fit in a physician for your open position. Now it’s time to close the deal. Find out which two aspects of the process will make or break your success. Timeliness Nothing demonstrates your interest in the candidate—and keeps your candidate interested—better than prompt responses at every step. Conversely, delays in responding to requests, setting up a visit and getting contracts out kill many deals. Timing cannot be stressed too much! Call a physician within 48 hours of receiving his or her CV. Set up a site visit within one week of the phone conversation. Get (...)

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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

As Wisconsin’s second-largest private employer, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare has over 12,000 associates in Southeastern Wisconsin, as well as partnerships with over 1,300 physicians throughout the region. To help maintain this high-quality staff, they count on Concorde. In fact, WFHs physician recruiter has praised Concorde for their very qualified physicians and their ability to match both in position and location. Facilities: Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare of Southeastern Wisconsin has outpatient centers and physician clinics, six major acute-care hospitals, three transitional and extended-care facilities, a full-service medical laboratory and home health and hospice agency. Placements: Concorde Staffing Source has most recently placed a (...)

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Billing Basics for Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants

By Kathryne Plato, CPC | Director of Coding at ebix In a previous newsletter, we looked at billing rules for locum tenens physicians. Now let’s look at the billing basics for Nurse Practitioners (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and Physician’s Assistants (PA). NPs, CNSs and PAs may apply for individual provider numbers for direct billing purposes.  All covered services rendered may be billed using the advanced practitioner’s direct provider number. The categories of third-party payers who may reimburse for NP/PA services are: Medicare Medicaid Commercial indemnity insurers Commercial managed care organizations Each of these categories of payers and each of (...)

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