7 Benefits of Becoming a Locum Tenens Provider

There are so many benefits of becoming a locum tenens provider. Whether you are a recent graduate, recently retired, or anyone in between, you can benefit greatly from locum opportunities. Read on to see why many providers are making the switch.

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Recent studies have shown that Locum Tenens physician can earn up to 50% more. This can be a great benefit to those looking to pay off student loans, retired physicians looking to earn some income while they slow down, or those simply wishing to supplement their current income.

Flexibility – Work/Life Balance

Locum Tenens physicians can choose to work as much or as little as they want to provide themselves the flexibility for their desired lifestyle all while preventing burnout.

New Work Settings

Locum Tenens physicians are exposed to various environments and hospital systems. This provides a plethora of new situations and opportunities to expand your career.

Personal Fulfillment

In addition to helping hospitals and communities that are in need of quality care, you will have opportunities to meet new people and patients.

Try Out Your New Career

For those who are just finishing their residencies and do not know what kind of work they want to do or where they want to live doing Locum Tenens can help you make better decisions.

The Chance to Travel to New Places

Locum Tenens work is available nationwide and provides access to those wishing to travel from the West Coast to the East Coast.

More Employment Opportunities

The Healthcare staffing industry and the need for locum tenens providers is on the rise. 90% of healthcare facilities use locum tenens providers and with an anticipated shortfall of 150,000 doctors in the next 10-15 years, the demand for coverage is only going to increase. This will open up even more opportunities nationwide to travel and explore. At MD Staff Pointe malpractice, travel, and credentialing are taken care of on your behalf! So why wait? 

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Source: NALTO

The Latest Migraine Treatments and Research

The month of June is National Migraine and Headache month recognizing the 10% of the population who are affected and the latest research and treatments recently developed. While there is no cure for migraines, scientists and neurologists continue to learn about this condition every day and so far more treatments and developments are being made. 

Migraine management with Yoga –

According to a study published in the May 6, 2020, adding yoga to your regularly prescribed migraine treatment may be better than medication alone. American Academy of Neurology stated that the study showed people improved in both the medication-only group as well as the yoga group, but the benefit was higher in the yoga group in all areas, including headache frequency, pain intensity, use of medications as well as how much migraine interfered with daily life.”

Targeted Treatments –

In 2018, the FDA approved three medications. Emgality, Aimovig, and Ajoby,  that target a protein known as Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) that helps your body transmit and respond to pain signals. These medications interfere with this protein to reduce the number of days that people experience migraine symptoms.

New Medication – 

Scientists have been developing another Triptan medication called Lasmiditan that binds to the serotonin receptor know as 5-HT1F that studies have shown may help to relieve migraine symptoms in people with heart disease.

Brain Stimulation –

Low-intensity electrical currents have been used to stimulate parts of the brain as an alternative treatment for reducing the intensity and frequency of migraine symptoms. Transcutaneous direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) devices are available commercially and are noninvasive, painless, and quick to use to manage migraines.

Personalized treatments – 

Each case is unique to the individual when it comes to selecting the right form of migraine treatment. Scientists are studying the underlying causes and mechanisms of migraines and their symptoms. They are looking to identify the different phases of migraines, the molecules and processes involved, and genetic testing to provide more successful treatment for those suffering.

 

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Walking Towards Better Health During COVID-19

As the nation and our economy begins to heal many people are walking towards better health. Countless stressors that bombard us daily have a detrimental effect on our minds and bodies. In response to this many have taken to walking to maintain their health physically, mentally, and emotionally during COVID-19. Whether people are with family, friends, or coworkers; in neighborhoods, parks, or at the office; there is always a good time for a walk.

Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise – around 75 minutes per week – improved their fitness levels significantly when compared to a non-exercising group.

Studies are finding that the stay home orders are affecting people’s mental health and walking can help. Antonia Malchik, author of A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time, noted in a recent essay, “Walking helps us remember what it feels like to be fully alive.”  She noted that many studies link moderate regular exercise—and walking in particular—with improved mental health, including lower incidence of anxiety and depression. 

With too many benefits to pass up, why not take a stroll for better health?

Source: LifeHacker – Walking Benefits

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Top Three Airlines Encourage Face Masks During Travel

Airlines Encourage Face MasksWith U.S. travel reduced by 94% during the coronavirus pandemic, carriers have decreased their flying schedules to roughly 30% of normal this month. This means that the majority of planes are flying at near capacity. In response, the top three airlines, American, Delta, and United Airlines, encourage all passengers to wear face masks during travel to maintain health and safety.

To relieve worry, airline employees have been directed to encourage passengers & providers to wear face masks while traveling. Flight crew remind those flying to wear their face masks during the flight as much as possible to keep the public safe. Reuters quoted a United spokeswoman who said that any non-compliance by travelers would be addressed at the gate and that flight attendants had been counseled to use their “de-escalation skills” on the aircraft and to reseat any passengers as needed. “Once onboard and off the gate, the face-covering policy becomes more lenient. The flight attendant’s role is informational, not enforcement, with respect to the face-covering policy,” American told its pilots in a message.

This comes as a relief for the traveling physicians who are assisting the growing needs for nationwide hospital coverage during the coronavirus pandemic lean on the airlines to maintain public safety. The airline’s ‘encourage to comply’ policy is just one measure airlines are taking to make sure providers and passengers alike get to their destination safely.

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Medicare Reimbursements to Increase Fall 2020

medicare reimbursements to increaseRecently, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a new rule to unleash new technology that will cause medicare reimbursements to increase by 1.6% this Fall 2020.

The rule’s objective is to update the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) and long term acute care hospital (LTCH) proposed rule (CMS-1735-P) for the 2021 fiscal year. CMS recognizes the significant impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency, and the limited capacity of health care providers to provide feedback on the proposals and has limited the rulemaking required to focus primarily on essential policies including Medicare payment to hospitals, as well as proposals that reduce provider burden and may help providers in the COVID-19 response. These changes would apply to 3,200 acute care hospitals and approximately 360 long term care hospitals on or after October 1st, 2020.  CMS is proposing a new technology add-on payment pathway for certain antimicrobial products which includes a new MS-DRG for Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy. CMS estimates a 1.6% increase in IPPS payments overall.

Other changes will be necessary with CMS’s new rule that will affect teaching hospitals and residency programs, the hospital-acquired condition education program, the hospital readmissions reduction program, the hospital inpatient quality reporting program, the PPS-exempt cancer hospital quality reporting program, and others.

CMS’s objective is to ensure that America will have continued access to a world-class healthcare system that delivers potential life-saving diagnostics, therapies through the release of innovative medical technology, and removing barriers to competition. This rule is a step towards accomplishing this goal and delivering current therapies to address the pandemic.

For more information go to CMS Newsroom or download CMS’s proposed rule (CMS-1735_P) here

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