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**In response to Dr. Moghim's article, "Obama Scare: The Frightening Truth"**...
Much ado has been made about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Its early critics were quick to jump on the first sign of failure: the healthcare.gov website. Many cried foul and presaged that this debacle was the harbinger of things to come. I suggest that we step back for a moment and look at this legislation not as a done deal but more as a work in progress.
Healthcare providers are fully aware of the many “hick ups” that can occur during the privileging process. One of the more frequent challenges encountered is obtaining references from one’s peers. The simple request to complete a reference form and return it, can turn into a full-fledged man hunt!
ObamaCareFacts.com officially states that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, and was upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. The complexities of the roll-out and implementation of ACA, however, indicate that Americans are skeptical, that those who were responsible for making it law are now running from it, especially in the 15 democratic Senate seats up for reelection in 2014.
As a physician, I often get questions from my patients about the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obama Care, the massive healthcare legislation voted into law in 2009. With the mandated healthcare exchanges scheduled to launch on October 1st, 2013, questions and skepticism are becoming more frequent in the news as well. My response is usually the same: “It is extremely complex, and we will have to wait and see.”
As a locum tenens provider, traveling to a new location for an assignment should be fun, simple and easy, not stressful or hectic. With these 4 simple travel tips, we hope you can sit back, relax and enjoy your assignment.
Are physicians who are employed by hospital systems set up for failure? Physicians are moving away from the traditional independent practice and seeking refuge in employment models endorsed by resource-rich conglomerates such as hospital systems. This plausible trend is a result of ongoing threats to physician reimbursement, operating costs heading disproportionately higher and more administrative and compliance burdens with Obama Care. But what if the healthcare industry today is on the verge of disruption? Have doctors made the right decision to merge with hospital systems or did they sell their souls early?
There was a time, not so long ago, when “locum tenens” firms would contact hospitals and would be met with the equivalent of a blank stare: “Local what? Never heard of it!” The rising demand for physicians is a reality, and locum tenens will be integral in contributing to a solution. Physicians and hospitals can begin preparing now!
In a 2012 WSJ article entitled “Obama Care’s Lost Tribe: Doctors” by Daniel Henninger, the author questions Obama’s deceitful selling tactics of the sweeping overarching healthcare reform law that effectively became law on March 23, 2010. He goes on to quote Obama during a speaking engagement at the American Medical Association’s annual meeting, “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.” This could not be further from the truth.
Without a doubt, maneuvering through the credentialing process is among the most demanding aspects of the locum tenens hiring process. You’ve completed the process of finding the perfect locum tenens opportunity and are excited about traveling to the location to begin your new assignment. Then, Wham! You receive multiple emails requesting this application, that application, copies of certificates, references, etc.
Small companies today believe that “going public” is the gateway to fame and freedom. Many are unaware of a dark side to publicaly held companies. For the Denver based physician staffing company Onyx M.D., being private, and staying private, is of utmost importance.
Healthcare reform is seemingly one of the hottest topics of discussion in the United States today. This incredibly complex and confusing issue is full of various multifaceted components that affect nearly everyone. One component that must be considered is whether or not medical liability reform is good for the patient. In the end, it is all about the patient anyway, isn’t it?
You have done the right marketing, attended the ideal tradeshows, and even published a video on your website to attract the perfect candidate, but alas the providers are still not staying with your organization. You need options and the market place has answered.
A recent report by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reported a 2% rise in first-year U.S. medical school enrollments in 2008 over 2007. This figure marked the highest in history with more than 18,000 students. While medical school admissions are up, the far reaching physician staffing shortage still remains a concern in the medical community.