Pulmonary Critical Care for Locum Tenens

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the healthcare industry like a tidal wave, and it continues to impact virtually all aspects of operations—from clinician staffing to billing, administration and beyond.

The virus is also directly influencing which physician specialties are most in demand, according to a
new report released by Merritt Hawkins, a physician placement firm and company of AMN Healthcare that partners with Staff Care.

According to the report, “Demand for physicians on the front lines of virus care, including emergency medicine physicians, pulmonologists/critical care physicians, and infectious disease specialists is projected to increase as a result of COVID-19.”

Pulmonologists can use their skills and experience to help patients at hospitals throughout the country by taking a
locum tenens assignment.

The current environment for locums in pulmonary critical care

The number of pulmonary critical care physicians working locums is growing, and these specialists are a key part of battling the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 primarily attacks the lungs and chest, with severe cases often resulting in ventilator support and a combination of new therapeutics, requiring these physicians’ expertise. Research has also shown that there are improved patient outcomes and cost savings when a unit is staffed by an intensive care physician such as a pulmonologist.

In addition to COVID-19 driving demand, the need for pulmonary care physicians has been increasing due to aging populations with comorbidities and rising rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), which impacts millions of Americans.

The National Institutes of Health projects that the United States will experience a deficit of 1,400 pulmonologists in less than four years, in part because 70 percent of those currently in the workforce are over age 55 and will be approaching retirement over the next decade.

These forecasts translate into increased opportunity for pulmonologists seeking assignments, especially since compensation is usually higher for locum tenens positions.

Selecting a medical temp agency

The increased demand for pulmonary locum tenens means that physicians have a number of choices when it comes to selecting an assignment that meets their needs -- including location, compensation, scheduling and more.

The first step in embarking on a locum tenens assignment is to find a reputable agency that you can trust. You’ll want to select a medical temp agency with experienced recruiters, strong industry recognition and a variety of assignments. You’ll also want to ensure that the company offers an extensive benefits package.

Locum tenens assignments can pay handsomely, especially in today’s environment, but providers can also expect to receive a variety of additional perks such as paid housing, travel reimbursement, malpractice/liability insurance, free continuing medical education and more.

Staff Care currently has several jobs for pulmonary critical care physicians that are paying over $200 per hour, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

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