LocumConnections to Share Unique Hospital Staffing Strategies at SHM Annual Conference

Physician-led locum tenens placement firm understands today’s healthcare challenges, helps hospitals gain greater value from the recruiting investment

WASHINGTON, D.C.—March 29, 2015—LocumConnections, a rapidly growing locum tenens physician placement firm built on a unique, physician-led model, will participate in the Society of Hospital Medicine annual conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, March 29-April 1.

At Booth 1212 during the conference, LocumConnections representatives will share the company’s successes and achievements in helping hospitals solve some of their biggest challenges.

“In contrast to third party outside staffing firms, we operate in the clinical healthcare space,” said Joseph “Jody” Turner, Vice President of the Atlanta-based company. “Our founders were physicians who saw something lacking in the way temporary clinical staffing needs were being met by traditional locum tenens firms, and they decided to do something about it, putting their healthcare and business acumen to work to benefit the industry as a whole. Since that time we have seen our reach spread nationally in hospital medicine, as well as other inpatient, primary care and facility based providers.”

An advocate for the healthcare industry

LocumConnections positions itself as an advocate for the healthcare industry, helping hospitals meet the demands of the physician shortage while focusing on stable pricing and ensuring locum tenens staffing is a viable part of a hospital’s long-term strategy. Its network of providers includes hospitalists, emergency medicine, primary care, urgent care, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

“Our mission is to go beyond the definition of locum tenens as ‘placeholder’ staff,” said Talbot “Mac” McCormick, M.D., President and CEO of LocumConnections. “We believe that temporary assignments demand the best doctors, the best clinical and personal fit, the best behind-the-scenes services like payroll and travel to ensure the experience is a good one for all concerned. If these things are met, the locum tenens option can deliver significant strategic value to a hospital program or healthcare facility with their recruitment investment. We are committed to deliver this value to our partners.”

Bringing equilibrium to locum tenens pricing

The company is also committed to bring equilibrium to the often erratic, cyclical pricing model in the locum tenens industry.

“We understand directly the pressures of pay rate models vs. supply and demand in the physician market, especially in these Affordable Care Act days as the industry evolves to a value-based rather than fee-for-service reimbursement model,” Turner said. “And we know other organizations are evaluating every cost-trimming measure possible while infusing quality performance measures, so we believe it’s evident to look beyond traditional solutions and help work with our partners in the industry to impact healthcare outcomes related to recruitment and retention. The demand and necessity for the locum tenens sector is exponential, and will continue to play a pivotal role in the future for healthcare delivery.”

People are the purpose

“From our foundation and mission in making a difference for every patient our providers see, we believe that every placement and subsequent encounter is vitally important to both the patient, hospital and community in general. It’s a calling we take very seriously,” said Dr. McCormick.

According to both Dr. McCormick and Turner, LocumConnections’ roots grew from actual case studies of clinical recruitment and staffing success in mitigating challenges with hospital partners in the temporary contract hospitalist sector.

“That direct and personal experience facing modern-day healthcare issues, combined with veteran leadership, client development, and recruitment teams, make LocumConnections unique in understanding what it takes to solve physician staff deficiencies, as well as the impact it has on clinical practice models,” said Dr. McCormick. “We look forward to sharing our strategy and our recent successes with SHM conference attendees.”

About LocumConnections

LocumConnections provides locum tenens physician (MD/DO) and physician extender (PA/NP) staffing to healthcare and hospital systems, practice management groups and clinics. Because LocumConnections is built and led by physicians who come from both the practice and clinical setting and locum tenens background, the company is uniquely qualified to understand and solve the challenges faced by modern healthcare organizations. With a rapidly growing footprint in the Southeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, LocumConnections continues to expand its services to meet the needs of doctors and hospitals across the United States.