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3 Common Obstacles in Locum Tenens Partnerships & How to Avoid Them

A partnership between a medical facility and a locum tenens agency can be extremely beneficial for both parties involved. And once all the details of the partnership are ironed out, both parties have a smooth path to a long-term relationship. 


However, sometimes obstacles do arise that put a barrier between locum agencies and the clients they’re trying to serve. 


Below we detail some of these common obstacles and provide simple solutions for avoiding them:


Locum Providers: 3 Common Obstacles in Partnerships

If you’re thinking about starting a partnership and taking advantage of the convenience of locum tenens services, there are three common obstacles that you should be aware of:


  • Credentialing
  • Travel
  • Accounting


By understanding what these common obstacles are, you can take the proper steps to avoid them.



No matter how large your organization, credentialing is a vital task. Without the credentialing and privileging process, your locum candidates  will not  have the proper clearances to work with patients in your facility. 


For some partnerships between locum agencies  and medical facilities, this process can create a wide gap that can prove difficult to bridge. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common obstacles that occurs, and can consume a lot of time that you  don’t have.


How to Avoid

A locum tenens agency with a designated credentialing department is well equipped to streamline the privileging process for you. 


Choose an agency that will work with you to:


  • Facilitate referencing
  • Assist with  hospital/facility applications
  • Finalize billing paperwork


Timely completion of privileging means your new provider  can begin working sooner.



Travel and the costs associated  with it are also common obstacles during a locums assignment. There’s nothing worse than being hit with surprise travel costs if you originally expected them to be covered. 


How to Avoid

Clear contractual arrangements implemented upfront and clear invoices allow you to a voice unexpected surprises and expenses. 



The provider payment process can cause a lingering headache for both agencies and s and medical facilities. An agency that can tailor invoicing to match a facility’s internal requirements allows quick analysis of date and measure of ROI.


Accuracy, timeliness and flexibility from your agency’s accounting department provide value to your organization.


How to Avoid

If you want to avoid invoicing and payment  issues and provide added value to your organization, choose a staffing agency that has its own accounting department experienced in the provider payment process.


This includes several aspects of the process, such as coordinating timely receipt of physician time sheets and disbursing payments, and providing desired reporting. 


Choosing a Locum Tenens Provider

There are many pros and cons to using locum tenens, and you should carefully consider all of your partnership options before making your decision.


Hopefully this article has helped you understand some of the common obstacles in locum provider partnerships, and has equipped you with a better understanding of what to look for when choosing a locum tenens agency.


Choose a partnership that will take the stress out of your staffing needs, and that can continue to support you as your facility faces new and evolving challenges. This allows you to keep patient care as your top priority — while your trusted agency deals with the tough stuff.

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