Thursday, February 25, 2021

Locum Tenens in Medical Recruitment Is Booming

The locum tenens sector is booming as today's healthcare environment is extremely dynamic and demand is growing for those medical professionals who can fill short-term temporary positions to meet growing patient needs.

The term locum tenens is Latin and means "replacement" and refers to a doctor who has a temporary position in a medical institution or practice. Many doctors have temporary jobs in medical facilities or practices. 

Locum Physicians

A locum doctor is one of the most common types of substitute physicians in the United States. Statistics vary on how many doctors work in each hospital, but in most hospitals, 50 to 80 can work temporarily there as locums. These doctors are called independent doctors because they work as long as they want, whether they have a full-time job or a temporary job in a hospital, practice, or hospital.

Recruiting Locums

There are numerous locum tenens agencies that can put doctors in different positions and offer payments necessary for insurance and medical errors, which can reduce costs. Many doctors get their temporary jobs through these agencies or a physician recruiter

Some agencies also help locums find a place to live in an area where they have a temporary job. If the job is in the country where the doctor is trained, no additional training is required and temporary work can allow them to travel throughout the country in many cases. If they are in an area that they like, they may look for a permanent job there eventually, but if there is an appealing job in another country, they may look elsewhere.

GP Practices

Smaller GP practices sometimes employ a senior doctor to fill the hours that the practice can't provide service to its patients. Otherwise, the practice may not open for business. For example, the only regular doctor available is on vacation or attending a medical conference.

If the doctor wants to take leave from the small practice, whether for a few days or weeks, they can get a locum act as a 'stand-in' doctor. Employing a locum doctor and agreeing to work regularly with the replacement doctor means that patients who need medical help at all times do not have to find a doctor elsewhere. 

Patient Care And Billing

While it is beneficial to have GPs who can deal with emergencies when there are no regular doctors available, some patients complain that problems arise. There is little continuity in care, as people rarely see a doctor often, and billing in hospitals can lead to insurance-related problems since locum doctors typically have contracts with insurance companies. 

One way to solve this problem is by providing all the necessary information to medical professionals through the introduction of electronic recording methods. The billing of hospitals by locums can be done separately or using the same system in some cases without causing problems for the patient or the hospital.

The best scenario for superior patient care is that a highly qualified physician is always on site. When a doctor treats a patient, they can rely on patient data and have access to previous medical records. If these programs are available, the hospital and the doctor's office must ensure that only authorized individuals access them.

Planning For A Locum

If a medical professional works as a locum, the work is normally done using the healthcare facility's equipment, laboratory services, etc. Some doctors and veterinarians in small communities take precautions to ensure that everyone has access to the resources needed to ensure that community health care is always available in their absence. The replacement doctor must be able to provide the standard of care that a regular doctor provides, as well as the same level of quality care as the patient's regular doctor.

Contractual Obligations

The exact details of the locum work are usually set out in the contract, where fees and hourly wages are discussed, as well as a clause that allows the doctor to leave the work if they must, for whatever reason. For both the locum doctor and health facility hiring them, it is important to read the contract carefully to ensure that all conditions are fully understood. Considerations include who is responsible for insuring medical errors, what type of hours of work to expect, whether the doctor is paid directly or through an agency, and how long the work will last.

Patients And Locums

Patients may have some reservations about locum doctors, as they normally make special arrangements with their doctor about paying or screening. When patients have a stable relationship with a doctor, they may feel uncomfortable with a replacement. But they should remember that the temporary doctors have the same professional capacity as their regular doctors. 

A Flexible Career Choice For Medical Professionals

The work of a locum medical professional is interesting because it exposes doctors and nurses to all kinds of people, clinical environments, and places of work. It is a good way to gain experience quickly.

This is a guest blog entry.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Here’s All You Need to Know about Adaptogens


It’s a word you hear a lot nowadays – in blog posts, on health websites and in common conversation – but what exactly is an adaptogen

While the term may be buzzy right now, it’s actually been in the medical field for over 70 years, and the herbal medicines to which it refers have been used by people for millennia. If you’re feeling out of the loop, don’t fret. This article will offer basic information about this hot new class of medicine.  
 

What Exactly Is an Adaptogen?
 

In 1947, a scientist and toxicologist named N. V. Lazarev sensed a renewed interest in traditional medicinal practices, and decided to try and classify one such group that he saw as helping reduce stress and promote homeostasis. He coined the term adaptogen, which scientists and traditional medicine practitioners still use to this day.
 

The definition of adaptogen hasn’t changed much over the years. It still refers to non-toxic plants that are used to help the body resist a variety of stressors, including chemical, physical and biological stress. 

They have enjoyed a recent surge in popularity with people looking for natural ways to center themselves.
 

What Are Some Examples of Well-Known Adaptogens?
 

Some adaptogens you’ve probably already heard of, like ginseng. Others, which have been popular in places like East Asia for centuries, are only now making their way into the western mainstream. If you’re interested in the calming, centering effects of natural adaptogens, here are a few to look out for.
 

Chaga
 

Chaga is a large coal-like fungi that grows on birch trees. It has been used by several cultures – North American Indigenous cultures, Russians and East Asians, to name a few – to help with several ailments. You can order chaga powder online – it comes in pre-portioned packets that you can add to hot water, coffee or smoothies.
 



Siberian Ginseng
 

Siberian ginseng, also known as Eleuthero root, is a rich source of polysaccharides – long chain polymeric carbohydrates that support your body’s natural immune defenses. It can also help you relieve stress. Sometimes powdered and paired with chaga (see above), the two make a potent adaptogen.  
 

Reishi
 

Another type of fungi, Reishi has been revered in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is known specifically as a calming adaptogen. Like chaga and Siberian ginseng, Reishi is popularly enjoyed in beverage form, mixed into liquid.
 

Ashwagandha
 

Ashwaganda is a member of the nightshade family and has been a staple of Indian medicine for over 3,000 years. It has a pungent, barn-like aroma, and has been studied for its potential anti-cancer, cortisol reduction and anti-stress properties.
 

Have There Been Studies?
 

There have been numerous studies on the efficacy and nutritional value of various adaptogens. One influential overview cites several benefits, like immune system regulation, nervous system improvement and anti-fatigue effects. As scientific interest in adaptogens continues to gain momentum, expect to see more studies, more headlines and more dialogue surrounding these calming plants.
 

Hopefully this article has helped demystify adaptogens. Ultimately, it’s a scientific word for a very straightforward concept: plants, used for ages in traditional medicine, that can reduce stress and benefit the body in several ways.

This is a guest blog entry