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4 Ways Locum Tenens Services Benefit Urgent Care Centers

Since the introduction of the first walk-in centers during the 1970s, the urgent care market has continued to evolve. According to the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA), the number of urgent care centers reached 8,774 in November 2018—an 8 percent increase from 2017. Additionally, urgent care clinics handle about 89 million patient visits each year, which includes more than 29 percent of all primary care visits in the U.S. and nearly 15 percent of all outpatient physician visits.

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3 Ways for Physicians to Sustain a More Active Lifestyle

Physicians are stressed. They work long hours and rapidly become inundated with additional responsibilities and paperwork. Although burnout plagues many physicians, maintaining an active lifestyle is one of the best ways to combat this condition. Unfortunately, with the nature of their work and demanding schedules, physicians may find it challenging to include exercise in a daily (or even weekly) regimen.

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Healthcare Leaders: Is It Time to Rebrand?

Branding encompasses much more than just a hospital’s logo and digital presence. It also weaves together the hospital’s message and mission statement. If your hospital or health system’s branding does not resonate with either the community’s needs or the leadership team’s strategic goals, you may wish to consider rebranding. A rebrand involves taking the existing brand and altering its message or appearance to better connect with the organization and community.

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Assignment Essentials for Locum Tenens Providers

A quick Google search provides a plethora of tips and tricks for packing light, creating a versatile travel wardrobe (neutrals!), and including wrinkle-proof clothing. This information can be extremely useful to anyone preparing to head off for a short getaway. However, if you are currently working locum tenens or are interested in pursuing this practice alternative, many standard travel recommendations disregard the “locum lifestyle.”

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How a Negative Review Could Shape Your Strategic Plan

Press Ganey surveyed over 1,000 healthcare decision-makers and found that 72 percent of respondents are more likely to conduct research online than to simply accept a referral from a family member or friend. Seeking online reviews has made it much easier for patients to pick through information about various providers and conduct research based on other people’s experiences. Additionally, online reviews provide powerful data for healthcare executives.

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5 Simple Ways to Combat Stress and Physician Burnout

“Burnout,” a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion, plagues medical professionals worldwide. According to Medscape’s 2018 National Physician Burnout & Depression Report, 42 percent of physician respondents experience burnout. Unfortunately, this high level of stress often begins in medical school, intensifying as a physician’s career progresses.

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Branding material

Healthcare Leaders: Is It Time to Rebrand?

Branding encompasses much more than just a hospital’s logo and digital presence. It also weaves together the hospital’s message and mission statement. If your hospital or health system’s branding does not resonate with either the community’s needs or the leadership team’s strategic goals, you may wish to consider rebranding. A rebrand involves taking the existing brand and altering its message or appearance to better connect with the organization and community.

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Locum travel gear

Assignment Essentials for Locum Tenens Providers

A quick Google search provides a plethora of tips and tricks for packing light, creating a versatile travel wardrobe (neutrals!), and including wrinkle-proof clothing. This information can be extremely useful to anyone preparing to head off for a short getaway. However, if you are currently working locum tenens or are interested in pursuing this practice alternative, many standard travel recommendations disregard the “locum lifestyle.”

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How a Negative Review Could Shape Your Strategic Plan

Press Ganey surveyed over 1,000 healthcare decision-makers and found that 72 percent of respondents are more likely to conduct research online than to simply accept a referral from a family member or friend. Seeking online reviews has made it much easier for patients to pick through information about various providers and conduct research based on other people’s experiences. Additionally, online reviews provide powerful data for healthcare executives.

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5 Simple Ways to Combat Stress and Physician Burnout

“Burnout,” a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion, plagues medical professionals worldwide. According to Medscape’s 2018 National Physician Burnout & Depression Report, 42 percent of physician respondents experience burnout. Unfortunately, this high level of stress often begins in medical school, intensifying as a physician’s career progresses.

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Nurturing Your Patient Base

Building and sustaining a flourishing medical practice takes time and effort. Whether your practice just opened its doors or was established 20 years ago, there are many steps you can take to broaden your appeal and ensure that patients who are already part of your practice remain loyal and happy for years to come. Read on for three suggestions that you can get started on right now.

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Permanent Placement or Locum Tenens?

Should you stay or should you go? The practice of locum tenens physicians filling temporary vacancies at medical organizations is growing in reputation and desirability for both medical organizations and physicians. Then again, many physicians still crave the consistency of a permanent position. Resident physicians are often encouraged to consider their options. However, no matter where you are in your medical career, it’s beneficial to compare permanent positions with locum tenens work. Who knows, it could be time for a change.

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4 Tips for Effective Phone Interviews with Locum Tenens Candidates

How do you know if a candidate is the right fit for your positon? Prior to arranging a telephone interview with a locum tenens physician, advanced practitioner, or CRNA, you can review his or her curriculum vitae (CV), references, and other essential paperwork. The clinician’s locum tenens staffing company recruiter completes a lot of the groundwork ahead of time, scrutinizing the candidate’s qualifications and ensuring that he or she matches the search criteria you outlined. The recruiter likely has reviewed assignment scope and requirements, shifts, rotation, pay scale and verified dates with the provider. Now, it’s your turn: the telephone interview.

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Meeting Your Goals with the ‘Locums’ Life

There’s a parallel between beginning a new year and forming new goals. After all, a clean slate offers unlimited possibilities, and it’s compelling to take steps to improve one’s well-being and happiness. But what happens when January is over? Studies have shown that despite people’s best intentions, the failure rate for New Year’s resolutions is about 80 percent, and most people lose their resolve by mid-February. Now that we’re entering the fourth month of the year, how are you doing with those resolutions?

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