Locum Tenens: Asking the Right Questions

After completing your residency, you may want to explore your employment options and travel. If so, locum tenens may be right for you.


Get the Answers You Need About this Employment Option

Be sure to ask all your questions. The responses will vary for each agency, but they provide valuable information as you consider locum tenens contract employment.

Contract-related questions:

  • Are there buy-out fees in my contract?
  • How are my travel arrangements made? Does the agency do the booking? Do I book it myself and get reimbursed?
  • How do I cover and plan for my start-up costs?
  • What are the travel expectations?
  • What are the cancellation policies?
  • Who handles my licensing?
  • Who is my facility contact for concerns or questions?

Assignment-related questions:

  • Am I cleared to work in the entire health system or just at one facility?
  • How and when do I complete my charting?
  • How will my services be billed? Payer enrolled or billing under a provider modifier?
  • What are my living arrangements?
  • What are the cancellation policies?
  • What is the call schedule?
  • What is the culture like?
  • What medical records system will I use?
  • Who is my agency contact if I have a concern or issue?
  • Who is my facility contact for concerns or questions?

Use Us as Your Locum Tenens Resource

At Provider Solutions & Development, we are locum tenens experts, offering you guidance on getting started, working with an agency and understanding the finer points of a contract.

Our locum tenens team aligns with an agency operating model, working with you to match your passion and purpose to the right job. For more than 20 years, PS&D has been helping residents discover locum tenens opportunities within Providence's 51-hospital network. Reach out to one of our experts today for more information about the locum tenens lifestyle.

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