How to Effectively Bill for Locum Tenens Services

If your facility recently started employing locum tenens providers, then you may find that the billing process can be confusing. This is especially true if you are new to locum tenens staffing. Educating your team about locum tenens billing and utilizing the best resources for your organization can make a tremendous difference. Here are some tips to keep in mind to streamline the billing process:

Implement a Standard Onboarding Process

Establishing a standard, comprehensive onboarding process for locum tenens providers is crucial for ensuring new physicians are acclimated quickly and all necessary paperwork is completed, even for physicians expected to work only a few days. With billing approval from most insurers taking at least 60-90 days, it’s important to set up locum tenens providers in a timely manner to ensure prompt reimbursement from the start of each assignment.

Understand Medicare and Medicaid Guidelines 

It’s crucial to familiarize yourself with specific rules established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding locum tenens services billing. By understanding the guidelines, you can maximize the benefits of your locum tenens coverage. There are various scenarios affecting billing, typically involving how long a locum tenens provider works at an organization (typically 60 days or less). Following CMS guidelines ensures proper handling of billing for each enrolled provider.  

Work with a Staffing Agency 

By working with a staffing agency that specializes in locum tenens recruitment, you can ensure every stage of the billing process is completed properly—without the hassle of having to use internal labor or resources. At MPLT Healthcare, our fully credentialed team streamlines the entire billing process for clients, facilitating payments quickly and effectively.   

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If your organization needs assistance with the locum tenens recruitment and billing processes, get in touch with us today. Find out how our specialized recruiting services can help!