AAEM-LG President's Message to Hospitals, Physician Groups, and Locum Companies
Dear Hospitals, Physician groups, and Locum Companies,
So much has changed in the last year! Locum Tenens is stronger than it has ever been. Clients who made cuts to survive the pandemic are now short staffed. Hospital systems are stretched thin. Reimbursement rates are higher than they have ever been and Locum Tenens is back as a superb way to practice medicine. As of this writing there are locums jobs across the country in every region. What hasn’t changed is that as physicians we don't know if we are being treated fairly. On the other side of the table, there is still the problem of locum companies and hospitals not being able to find enough quality physicians available to work. What is left is a situation of mutual distrust where neither party comes out ahead. Enter the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Locum Group (AAEM-LG). We exist because we feel that matching a physician with a job should be conducted better than a used car deal. I as the AAEM-LG board of directors president know that through honest transparent conversation all parties can work together and win. Welcome to what I hope is a referendum on how locum tenens is conducted.
We are different! From the way we were founded to the way we conduct business we aren’t “just another locums staffing company.” Our ZERO DOLLAR diminishing buyout for qualified clients* is just the first example. AAEM-LG wants to change the face of locum tenens industry wide by setting the example of what a good company looks like. There is never a question of “who is making what.” With our Locums Transparency Sheet your docs come in with full knowledge of the work environment, the pay, the benefits and the responsibilities before ever signing a contract. The end result is they come in ready to work and ready to face the challenges of your department.
Finding a quality physician can be daunting. It’s frustrating to sort through vaguely worded CVs and discern who is qualified and who isn’t. Furthermore just because a doctor checks the boxes on paper doesn’t mean they are going to show up ready to move your department forward. This is why the AAEM-Locums Group wants to work with industry to ensure that qualified doctors that understand the importance of team dynamics are put forward. We strive to internally vet and maintain high quality physicians that you are proud to have in your department. When adverse outcomes occur we want to partner with you to ensure that the patient, the physician, and the hospital’s interests are fairly represented and that process improvement and quality control occurs. We feel that by disclosing margins both parties actually come out ahead since clients and physicians know and can trust that opportunities are truly represented fairly. This puts morally forward companies ahead and discourages companies that rely on exploitative practices thereby tipping the scales towards those who are conducting honest business.
AAEM-LG strives to change the marketplace for Locum Tenens by attaining market share and influencing the way business is conducted. We will show that transparency, ethical integrity and competency are the only way to ensure that patients, hospitals and physicians win.
Rob Mohr M.D.