Locum Hospitalist Jobs Helping Hospitals Transition

Locum Hospitalist Jobs Helping Hospitals Transition

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Locum Hospitalist Jobs Helping Hospitals Transition Spencer Hospitalin Spencer, Iowa is a relatively small facility serving a local community of just under 12,000 residents. It is also the main hospital of choice for thousands of rural residents who live within driving distance of the small, Northwest Iowa community.

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Locum Hospitalist Jobs Helping Hospitals Transition Spencer Hospitalin Spencer, Iowa is a relatively small facility serving a local community of just under 12,000 residents. It is also the main hospital of choice for thousands of rural residents who live within driving distance of the small, Northwest Iowa community. Even with its small size and footprint, Spencer Hospital has come to realize the need to transition from fee-for-service care to the value-based medicine of the new era of healthcare. It turns out thatlocum hospitalist jobsare helping with that transition.
Smaller communities such as Spencer have utilized a combination of private practice doctors and hospitals to provide patient care for decades. Family doctors spend the first few hours of every day visiting their patients who might be hospitalized for a variety of reasons, before heading to the office for a full day of scheduled appointments. But this is terribly draining on the family physician. Until recently, there has been no other viable way to meet the need. Moving to value-based medicine has caused facilities like Spencer Hospital to look to their bigger city counterparts for guidance. What they are seeing is a model of hospitalist doctors who handle inpatient care on behalf of family doctors who want to spend more time in their own offices. Spencer is among a growing list of smaller community hospitals now implementing hospitalist programs within their facilities. Locums are playing a big role in making it happen. Immediate, Reliable Care The small community hospital looking to implement a hospitalist program instantly finds itself in need of skilled professionals who can fill clinical positions. But it takes time to recruit and hire the best doctors out there. Enter locum tenens hospitalists. These physicians already have the experience and skill necessary to provide the care hospitals are looking for. They can come in on temporary assignments to meet staffing needs while the hospital continues its ongoing recruiting efforts. Ironically, locum hospitalists were very much looked down on just a decade ago. Locum medicine was thought of as less-than-desirable inasmuch as doctors were mistakenly believed to only be working locum positions because they were incapable of private practice or full-time employment. It wasn't true then, and it isn't true now. The good news is that hospitals have come to terms with the fact that locums provide reliable care that is every bit as professional and effective as that of the employed physician.
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Life Is Better for Private Practice Doctors It has taken some time for the U.S. healthcare community to embrace the idea of locum hospitalists. But now that locums are a normal part of the healthcare team in cities all across the country, private practice doctors are finding things are better for them too. Those who choose to can continue seeing their hospitalized patients by way of daily rounds. Those who want to spend more time at the office can turn those patients over to hospitalist doctors. The biggest winners here are patients who have access to the best possible care under multiple scenarios. For day-to-day care, they have access to the family physician at his or her office. When hospitalization becomes necessary, they have the opportunity to be treated by dedicated hospitalists who are not distracted by any outside work. It is a win-win for everyone involved. Spencer Hospital is now using locums to jumpstart their fledgling hospitalist program. We have no doubt those locums will provide a valuable service as well as creating the foundation of a great program moving forward. In this, we can see just how valuable locum hospitalists really are. Sources: Spencer Daily Reporter-http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2218770.htmlVista Staffing-http://www.vistastaff.com/job-board/IMHSP
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