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The percentage of hospitalists who worked as locum tenens within the past 12 months increased to 11.6 percent from 10 percent in 2011, according to the 2012 Hospitalist Locum Tenens Survey released today by Locum Leaders, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based provider of locum tenens staffing, and Today’s Hospitalist magazine.
The percentage of respondents who said they worked full-time as a locum tenens provider jumped to 14.5 percent this year compared to 10.8 percent last year.
Of the hospitalists who worked as locum tenens in the past year, 63.9 percent said they did so in addition to full-time employment.
Increasing pay rates for locum tenens are a key driver, with 73.5 percent of respondents saying compensation is the benefit of working as locum tenens.
“Demand for Hospitalists — part-time and full-time — exceeds supply and that, in turn, has driven up hourly pay for locum tenens over the past several years,” said Robert Harrington, a practicing hospitalist and the chief medical officer of Locum Leaders.
The Locum Leaders survey tabulated 966 responses.