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3 Ways Hiring the Wrong Doctor Can Hurt You

Posted on: May 15, 2018


written by

Claire Cavanaugh

Reasons Hiring The Wrong Doctor Can Hurt You

Now more than ever, hiring for planned and sudden vacancies is a challenge for any healthcare facility. As the physician shortage persists, you’re still obligated to maintain continuous care and open revenue streams. Furthermore, finding the perfect fit for your open position is a daunting process. There’s a lot at stake, and the importance of hiring the right doctor can’t be overlooked.

That being said, bringing on the wrong doctor for a permanent role — one who’s out of touch with your patients, has poor bedside manner, or simply isn’t qualified — can have a multitude of consequences, both financial and reputational. Fortunately, these can be avoided by hiring a locum tenens physician to bridge the gap.

Here are three ways hiring the wrong doctor can hurt your facility — and why you should consider bringing on a locum while you search for the right permanent physician.

1. Your Patients May Receive Lower Quality Care

Personality is a major contributing factor to a new hire’s success at your facility. Clashes will certainly affect his or her relationship with your permanent staff, but perhaps more importantly, they will also prevent him or her from establishing strong connections with your patients. Poor patient-provider relationships often involve impaired communication and decreased trust. A patient who doesn’t trust their doctor is less likely to be honest and therefore won’t receive needed care.  

When you’re working with a locum tenens agency such as Barton Associates, our dedicated account managers take the time learn what you’re looking for and locate candidates who will fit the culture at your facility while you seek your next permanent physician. Locum tenens physicians often love the opportunity to provide care to underserved patients, such as those at understaffed facilities.

2. Your Patients May Seek Care Elsewhere

If your patients receive inferior care for too long, they will (and should) seek a better doctor. Losing patients affects not only your facility’s reputation, but also your revenue — so don’t wait. Hire a locum tenens physician before gaps in coverage become too serious. You’ll keep your patients, maintain the care they deserve, preserve your facility’s respectability, and free up more time to find the perfect permanent hire.

3. You’ll Waste Time

In the age of the physician shortage, your resources are more precious than ever before. When you bring on the wrong doctor, making the effort to fire and rehire will only be a waste. Instead, hire one locum tenens physician while you seek one perfect permanent candidate. This will allow you greater flexibility to properly vet candidates and ensure the best possible hire.

Are you ready to hire a locum tenens physician while you search for the right permanent doctor? Barton Associates can help!

You don’t need to wait for the perfect permanent hire! Check out our Ultimate Guide to Locum Tenens Staffing and connect with a Barton Associates account manager to find out how a locum tenens physician could help your facility today.

Claire Cavanaugh
About Claire Cavanaugh

Claire Cavanaugh was formerly the copywriter at Barton Associates' Peabody, MA, headquarters. She joined Barton after four years of blogging as a student ambassador for St. Michael's College, where she received a bachelor of arts in media studies, journalism, and digital arts.

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