Locum tenens physicians are independent contractors who are asked to sign a locum tenens agreement. Knowing what’s in the agreement and what it means for your employment status can help you decide whether this type of agreement is right for you. This article will help you understand what’s in this kind of agreement, so you can make informed decisions about the future of your career.
VISTA Staffing provides vital support and assistance to physicians. The locum tenens agreement lists the services that VISTA staffing provides for its physicians. The agreement between VISTA staffing and the physicians defines the working relationship to protect both parties and ensure that both sides are equally and fairly represented.
Transparency is important in a locum tenens agreement, so the agreement includes provisions for travel, transportation, and housing, and the pay schedule. This helps ensure that the physicians know when they’ll get paid and how they’ll be supported when they’re on assignments far from their home.
The agreement includes required terms. For example, physicians are required to complete the assignment once it’s been accepted. There is also a non-compete agreement that keeps physicians from working directly with the specific clients that they have been assigned by VISTA. If a physician is interested in a permanent position at a facility, there are provisions in the agreement that can facilitate such a relationship.
Once you accept a locum tenens assignment you will receive a confirmation specifying the rates and term. This confirmation letter also provides some protections to physicians (like 30 days notice for client cancellations in the USA, and 90 days for international). This keeps physicians and the facilities where they’re working on the same page, and prevents miscommunications that can lead to problems.
Locum tenens staffing agreements can be confusing. We never want you to sign something that you don’t fully understand. Find out more about your locum tenens staffing agreement by talking to your representative at VISTA Staffing. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and direct you to resources that can help you understand how the locum tenens staffing agreement can work to your benefit.