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Health Insurance Guide for Locum Tenens Providers

Locum tenens providers are considered self-employed, or independent contractors, which means they assume additional responsibilities when it comes to benefits that are typically part of the traditional employee/employer relationship—such as health insurance.


At Full Capacity: 8 in 10 physicians are overextended

Eighty-one percent of physicians feel they are at the limits of their practice, according to the most recent Physicians Foundation Study. Of the 20,088 physicians surveyed, only 19 percent stated they had the time to take on new patients, while over 72 percent believe that additional physicians should be trained to help alleviate the ongoing physician shortage. A shortage crisis that will only worsen in the coming years due to the expansion of medical insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, an aging and growing population, and changes in physician practice styles. In fact, one in three practicing physicians in […]


Why more medical students does not mean more doctors

Medical school enrollment is at an all-time high, with the number of first year students increasing by 21.6 percent since 2002. The 2014 Survey of America’s Physicians states that by the end of this decade, U.S. medical schools will be producing 27,000 graduates every year. On the surface, such an increase would seem to go a long way towards alleviating the physician shortage, which the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects to reach 131,000 physicians by 2025. One would logically assume that if there are more medical school graduates, then there will be more doctors. However, most states (excluding […]


NGA says PA Scope of Practice Laws ‘may not be broad enough’

Because of their flexibility and lower costs, PAs are often an important component of strategies to alleviate provider shortages and increase the efficiency of the healthcare delivery system.


A Day in the Life of a PA: Orthopedic Surgery

Kimberly Mackey, MPAS, PA-C, details what it’s like to work as an Orthopedic Surgery PA, which includes evaluating patients in the office, rounding on patients in the hospital, and assisting in a trauma case.