A majority of healthcare facilities, 88%, used locum physicians and/or advanced practice professionals to fill staffing gaps last year, according to the 2022 survey. Locum Staffing Trends Survey published by AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AMN).
The survey also revealed that 70% of respondents use locum physicians and other providers to maintain services while filling vacancies on their permanent staff. A quarter use them to meet growing patient demand and 13% use them to address provider burnout.
“A long-standing shortage of physicians, which has been exacerbated by Covid-19, has made locum physicians an even more essential part of delivering quality care in most hospitals across the United States,” said Jeff Decker. , President of AMN’s Alternate Division. here.
Decker noted that Covid-19 led the employment of locums in 2021, with anesthesia providers, including anesthesiologists and certified nurse anesthetists, being the most used type of locum healthcare professionals, followed by hospital workers, a type of doctor who specializes in inpatients. care. Psychiatrists ranked third due to the rise in mental health issues nationwide.
The survey also found that 54% of healthcare facilities are adding new incentives, including signing bonuses, to their recruitment programs to address staffing shortages. Forty-nine percent are implementing new retention efforts, including offering retention bonuses to providers, while 43% are adding temporary staff and 35% are expanding telehealth services.
Additionally, 18% of respondents said their facilities were reducing hours of service at certain locations in response to staffing shortages, while 14% were canceling elective procedures and 11% were eliminating certain service lines and programs.
The survey included 202 responses from hospitals, medical groups and other healthcare facility managers.