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5 Best Apps for Healthcare Providers

According to MobiHealthNews, there are more than 35,000 health-related apps available for consumers. The unique design and purpose of each app goes far beyond fitness and diet tracking. In fact, there is an estimated 10,000 apps intended for use by medical professionals. These apps are designed to be downloaded into the smartphones of healthcare providers  to use at the point of care, including drug reference apps, medical calculators, and even medical dictionaries. Here is a list of Apple’s five top paid apps that can assist any healthcare provider, from a medical student in training to an experienced provider. 1. Micromedex […]


3 Tips for Exploring a New City

One of the main attractions when working as a locum tenens provider is the opportunity to travel. Not only do you get to explore different types of medical settings, but there is also the chance to explore different parts of the country! Unless you land a position in a city that you are familiar with, you may be a little unsure of how much adventure is really available for you on your new assignment. Luckily, we are here to help with three useful tips to assist you in making the most of a new city. 1. Research the city online […]


Colleges struggle to meet students’ mental health needs

More than 25 percent of university students have been diagnosed or treated by a mental health professional within the past year. Yet, while three-quarters of students living with a mental health illness experienced some form of mental health crisis while on campus, 34 percent stated that their university was unaware of said crisis; whether due to a lack of mental health services, awareness of such services, or fear of reprisal for seeking care from university counseling centers. This unsettling upward trend in occurrence and prevalence of mental health issues on college campuses has placed a magnifying glass over even more […]


4 Tips to avoid getting sick while on assignment

Nothing is worse than getting knocked out by a cold or the flu, especially when traveling or working. Here are some tips to avoid getting sick while traveling on a locum tenens assignment. Make sure to get enough rest Getting a good night’s sleep is a vital and easy way to prevent illness. Getting adequate rest increases melatonin levels and improves immunity against colds and the flu. Whether you are working 9 to 5 or overnight shifts, it is important that you give yourself time to get quality sleep each night. If your assignment requires that you sleep during the […]


Certificate of Need Laws restricts access to affordable healthcare for many Americans

Even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states are still dealing with legislative barriers that limit healthcare access and patient choice. One such barrier to affordable healthcare is the existence of Certificate of Need (CON) laws. CON laws require any person or corporation that wishes to open a new healthcare facility or expand an existing facility to prove to an independent regulator that the community they wish to serve has a legitimate need for the expansion. These laws were originally intended to restrain healthcare spending, keep patient cost down, and coordinate expansion of new services and facility […]