In Latin, locum tenens means, “to hold the place of.” But to the doctors, NPs, and PAs who practice this way, and to the patients who count on them, it means so much more.
Supporting facilities, hospitals, and clinics nationwide, locums doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants step in and cover shifts as short as one day and up to a year for absences caused by vacations, vacancies, and seasonal outbreaks. Since its creation in 1979 by CompHealth, locum tenens has gained popularity from providers and appreciation from hiring managers, taking its place as an important component of healthcare today.
94% of U.S. healthcare facilities use locum tenens each year
It’s a $4 billion (2018) healthcare industry and growing
CompHealth locums doctors, NPs, and PAs positively impact the lives of patients across the country. Make a selection below to see the scope of our efforts.
While doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants enjoy numerous benefits on a personal level, what’s really exciting about locums is its ability to tackle some of our biggest challenges.
Estimates from the Association of American Medical Colleges report that the U.S. will face a shortage of 90,000 doctors by 2025. Locum tenens is giving healthcare providers a chance to become a part of the solution.
With every locum tenens assignment, care is provided that wouldn’t have been available otherwise. And oftentimes locums find they have more quality time with each patient, making the overall experience even better.
Here’s a few ways locum tenens helps:
Relieves the physician shortage
Improves patient care
Strengthens underserved areas
Supports catastrophic events
Enables humanitarian missions