This post was originally posted on The Barton Blog on 9/17/2015.
My last post, “A Profile of Locum Tenens Providers: Part I,” reviewed the demographic and professional characteristics of a group of locum tenens providers in the year 2000. Since that survey took place, the landscape of healthcare has changed dramatically:
Healthcare reform has made incredible strides in increasing access to needed preventive and medical services and reducing insurance fraud and abuse. But how has this impacted locum tenens providers?
TheAssociation of American Medical Collegespredicts a shortage of 31,000 primary care and 63,700 specialists by 2025 due to the increased demand ignited by healthcare reform. Interestingly, a recent study conducted by theAssociation of Staff Physician Recruitersfound that as this provider shortage continues to increase exponentially, so too does the demand for locum tenens positions. With this immense, looming shortage, the demographic and professional characteristic of locum tenens providers is evolving.
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