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Medical Licensure for Locum Tenens Assignments
How Does Staff Care Assist with Licensure for Medical and Allied Professionals?
Our team of licensure professionals will handle the documentation and verification process for all healthcare providers accepting temporary provider and physician job placements identified by Staff Care. Our licensing experts act as liaisons between physicians or providers, state boards and various third-party offices which must be contacted during the application process. We will assemble and verify all required documents, inspect all forms for accuracy and completeness and ensure that all documents reach the appropriate individuals.
Why Is Licensure Assistance Significant?
In order to secure a temporary physician job placement in another state, independent contractors will need to obtain a license in that state. State boards often take quite a bit of time to issue licenses—six months or more in some cases. This is in addition to the month or more needed to obtain all required documentation. Many interim physicians and providers seeking physician job placements do not have the time to dedicate to filling out the detailed paperwork and researching the necessary third-party contact information. All state boards require some amount of prime source verification of a physician or provider's credentials. Some states may require anywhere from five to 30 pieces of prime source documentation. This means physicians and providers cannot simply fill out an application, pay a fee, supply copies of certificates and expect the license to be issued. Below is a detailed listing of the documentation that our licensure professionals will assist in researching and obtaining in order to complete a physician or provider's licensure process.
Obtaining a Medical License Requires:
Prime Source Verifications
Almost all state boards will require verification of other states' licenses, hospital privileges, medical education, malpractice coverage or board certifications, just to name a few. State boards require verification of privileges at each location. All verifications must come directly from the site rather than the physician, be filled out completely and reach the correct office by the specified date. This means either the sites providing verification must be conscientious or the physician or provider must constantly follow up to ensure completion. Our licensure professionals will research all third-party contacts and maintain consistent communication with them to ensure all verifications are processed in a timely manner.
If a physician or provider is named in any malpractice action, even during their training, it will appear during the licensure review. Often physicians and providers supporting an operation never learn their name was attached to a malpractice claim, and many policies do not give physicians and providers the right to contest a settlement, which also may leave the physician or provider unaware of a claim. Licenses have been held up or denied because physicians or providers checked the "no” box regarding malpractice claims, when records reveal one or more claims against them. Physicians and providers must keep track of names and contact information of each colleague they work with and each attorney representing them during their career. The state licensing boards will require extensive documentation for each malpractice case. At times, this includes the physician or provider's statement of explanation, the court documentation, attorney's statement and the reports from the insurance companies involved. Our licensure professionals will track down any malpractice documentation that is required by a state board.
There are various agencies that will track and collect reporting information for physicians and providers. Examples include examination transcripts, American Medical Association Physician Profile, National Practitioner Data Bank and the Federation of State Medical Boards Disciplinary Inquiry report. Almost all state boards require at least one of these reports, if not several, to accompany a physician’s application. Our licensure professionals can request that these reports be sent directly to the licensing boards governing the state where the temporary physician job placement or temporary provider placement is located.
Why Utilize Staff Care?
Many physicians and providers believe that filling out an application and sending it to the correct office is all that's required for licensure. Unfortunately, incomplete documentation (such as verifications never sent from third parties) will often void application. Some boards automatically void incomplete applications after 60 days. Staff Care has years of expertise working with the state boards. Let our expertise and guidance in licensure requirements fill your needs in half the time. Since we know that time is of the essence when it comes to locum tenens physician job placement, you can rest assured that our commitment lies in providing the best licensure assistance possible.