5 questions every Administrator should ask before choosing a Locum Tenens company

April 24, 2015 - 3 minutes read

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1. Do they have specialized experience in your niche?

You’re under pressure to get a healthcare professional in place quickly, but choosing the first firm you find could cost you even more in the long run. Insist on a firm with specific locum tenens experience in your niche. This significantly increases your chances of finding a higher-quality, better-qualified candidate.

2. Do they conduct internal due diligence?

Make sure the locum tenens company you choose has a thorough vetting process in place so that you only see the cream of the crop. Otherwise, you’ll waste a lot of time and money on candidates you won’t end up contracting with.

3. Are they well-connected?

Locum tenens staffing success depends upon strong, long-term relationships with quality physicians, nurse practitioners, CRNAs and other healthcare providers. Locum tenens companies who don’t make the significant investment to build and maintain a strong candidate database; attend national conferences regularly, are not a member of NALTO and stay highly visible in the industry won’t offer you the same level of talent as the ones who do.

4. How’s their fill rate?

Successful staffing matches are part art, part science, part timing. A seasoned locum tenens company knows how to evaluate both clinical and cultural fit. They assess the candidate’s teamwork capabilities, attitude; personality and self-drive/motivation. Delivering the right match the first time out boosts the odds of a successful fill rate and saves you headaches.

5. Will they still be as engaged weeks or months later?

A strong locum tenens company is not a vendor…they are a long term business partner. Will they proactively follow up to make sure you’re satisfied and all is going well? Or will they move on to other clients and wait for you to convey any concerns?

When urgent staffing needs arise, you want that gap filled yesterday. It’s tempting to take the shortest path: either the locum tenens company you’ve used before or the first one that answers your call. A little extra research upfront will produce better outcomes and save you a lot more time and money in the long run.

TIVA HealthCare, among the nation’s leading locum tenens companies, provides physician and healthcare professionals for a variety of specialties and subspecialties, including Anesthesia/CRNA, Emergency Medicine, Children’s Services, Hospitalists, Radiology, and other medical sectors. Visit TIVA HealthCare at http://www.tivahealthcare.com/ to learn more

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