Physician shortages and the locum tenens solution

May 13, 2014 by Vickie Anenberg

The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortage of more than 91,000 physicians by the year 2020 – a number it says will surge to 130,600 by the year 2025.

This shortfall is expected because of an increase in the population, particularly because of the growing number of senior citizens. No healthcare segment will be immune to the shortage, which should be distributed equally among primary care physicians and specialties such as general surgery and cardiology. These shortages mean locum tenens from a managed services provider will play an increasingly important role in the years to come.

This isn’t just a problem waiting a few years down the road, however. Many healthcare organizations are experiencing physician shortages right now, especially in rural areas, and the AAMC estimates 32 million Americans will enter the healthcare system in 2014.

Cross Country Staffing (CCS) maintains an extensive database of eligible practitioners who are able to step in right now and help healthcare organizations meet this new demand. We have a NCQA-certified credentials verification organization in-house to find highly qualified providers and medical professional liability coverage for locum tenens that is rated A++.

As a managed services provider with decades of experience offering staffing solutions to the healthcare industry, CCS understands that each situation is unique. Our staffing consultants work one on one with clients to find customized answers for every circumstance.

Physician shortages are an issue that won’t be resolved any time soon, but by taking advantage of the experience CCS has gained as a managed services provider, and our database of locum tenens, this issue does not need to become a problem for healthcare organizations.