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Vista: Stressed Healthcare Professionals Find Relief in Peer Support Networks

May 13, 2024 | Vista Staffing

According to a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50% of healthcare workers report burnout symptoms. Vista Staffing believes peer support networks could play a vital role in providing clinicians with a space to share their experiences and learn practical coping strategies.

Peer support networks in healthcare demonstrate significant benefits, as shown by Vista’s real-world examples:

  • HealthPartners in Minnesota, where structured peer meetings improved staff morale and reduced burnout.
  • A peer support group for physicians at Mayo Clinic reportedly increased job satisfaction and reduced isolation.
  • Kaiser Permanente uses theatrical presentations as peer support.
  • The UK’s NHS Practitioner Health program provides individual and group support to reduce workplace stress.

Peer support, rooted in understanding and shared experiences, empowers healthcare workers to sustain their positive mental health.

Weatherby: The Financial Dynamics of Hiring Locum Tenens Physicians

June 3, 2024 | Weatherby Healthcare

Physicians are vital revenue generators for healthcare facilities, contributing an average of $2.4 million annually per doctor. With a looming physician shortage of up to 124,000 by 2034, the financial implications of unfilled positions are significant. A 2023 study by the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR) revealed that filling a physician vacancy takes an average of 240 days for specialists and 125 days for primary care physicians, with recruitment costs ranging from $30,000 to $90,000 per hire.

Locum tenens staffing offers a cost-effective solution to mitigate these gaps. By hiring temporary physicians, healthcare organizations can maintain revenue streams and service levels. According to the 2024 State of Locum Tenens Report by CHG Healthcare, 46% of healthcare organizations use locum tenens to prevent revenue loss. Michael DePaolis of Weatherby Healthcare highlights the financial sense of locum tenens, emphasizing its role in sustaining operations during staffing voids.

Locum tenens staffing also addresses other coverage needs, such as vacations, family and medical leave, and census spikes. While contracting locum tenens does incur costs, including physician pay and malpractice insurance, it significantly reduces the time to get physicians on site compared to traditional recruitment, ensuring quicker revenue generation.

Additionally, the use of locum tenens can enhance physician retention by reducing burnout and uneven workload distribution among permanent staff, which improves patient outcomes and satisfaction, ultimately impacting reimbursement potential positively.

Quality assurance is a critical component, with staffing agencies credentialing locum tenens physicians to expedite their integration into facilities. Furthermore, locum tenens assignments can serve as a trial period for potential permanent hires, ensuring a good fit both clinically and culturally.

Medicus Whitepaper: Nationwide Anesthesia Provider Shortage Intensifies

June 3, 2024  | Medicus Healthcare Solutions

The healthcare industry is facing a significant shortage of anesthesiologists and CRNAs. By 2036, the U.S. may have a shortfall of 13,500 to 86,000 physicians, with anesthesia providers comprising a large portion of this deficit. This shortage poses challenges to healthcare revenue, operations, and patient care.

There are currently 51,492 active anesthesiologists and 65,745 active CRNAs. By 2036, a shortage of up to 6,300 anesthesiologists is projected, with CRNA shortages expected, particularly in rural areas. By 2025, a shortage of up to 450,000 nurses for direct patient care is also anticipated.

Demand for anesthesiologists and CRNAs will continue to grow. Anesthesiologist employment is projected to increase by 2.6% from 2022 to 2032, with 1,000 job openings annually. CRNA employment is expected to grow by 9% over the same period, with 4,500 annual job openings.

Surgical services, which account for about 60% of a facility’s revenue, are particularly affected by staffing shortages. Ensuring adequate staffing in the OR is critical for maintaining revenue and continuity of care. Burnout among anesthesia providers exacerbates these challenges, with 50% of anesthesiologists and 56% of CRNAs reporting burnout in 2024.

To address the shortage, many healthcare facilities are turning to locum tenens anesthesiologists and CRNAs to fill critical roles and supplement existing staff, ensuring continuous patient care and operational stability.

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