What Is Locum Tenens?

Locum Tenens is a Latin phrase for “holding one’s place.”  A facility or practice would use locum tenens to assist in both short and long-term gaps in their coverage.  The most common use for locum tenens is: CME’s, vacation coverage, illness or healthcare facilities needing coverage. Hayes Locums is a physician search firm which recruits and places physicians on short and long term assignments with healthcare facilities nationwide.

Why Do Physicians Choose To Be A Locum tenens physician?

There are many reasons why physicians choose to work as locum tenens physicians.

Several Examples: Flexible work schedules, excellent pay, choose when and where they work, gain experience in different practice settings, and to supplement their income.

How Long Are Your Assignments?

Assignments can range from one day or up to and including full-time ongoing assignments.  Each position is based off of the client’s needs and the physician’s availability.

How Are Locum TENENs Physicians Compensated?

Prior to accepting a locum tenens position there is an agreed upon rate.  During each assignment, the physician keeps track of the hours they work and then submits a time sheet reflecting those hours.  Hayes Locums pays its physicians on a bi-weekly basis.  We do not withhold federal income tax.

All locum tenens providers work as independent contractors.  We cannot provide tax advice and encourage our physicians to contact their tax advisor to take advantage of certain tax benefits allowed by those who work as an independent contractor.

What Travel Expenses Are Covered?

We work with you and coordinate all travel arrangements on your behalf.  The typical travel expenses we cover: Airfare, Lodging, and Car Rental.


As independent contractors, physicians who work as a locum tenens provider are not eligible for healthcare benefits through Hayes Locums.  This practice is an industry standard.  However, as an independent contractor, health insurance premiums may be deductible, so please contact your tax advisor for additional information regarding working as an independent contractor.

Does Hayes Locums Assist With Credentialing?

Yes, it is one of the key components to providing excellent service! One of our most valuable assets is our credentialing team. Once you are accepted for a position, our credentialing department requests the privileging application, completes it (what we can legally fill in on your behalf), and then forwards the application to you for review and approval. We then assist the facility with gathering references and other requirements to help expedite your file through the credentialing process.

Will Hayes Locums Help Me Obtain Or Reactivate A State License?

Some of the best opportunities for you may not always be where you are currently licensed. If you are accepted for a position in a state you do not currently hold a license, we will work with you to obtain or reactivate a license on your behalf. Hayes Locums will assign an experienced licensing expert to help process your license application.

Does Hayes Locums Provide Medical Malpractice Insurance?

Each physician who works on a locum tenens assignment with Hayes Locums is provided, at no charge, ‘A’ rated medical malpractice insurance. If you take a position with us in a state that requires enrollment in the state patient compensation fund, then we will assist you through the enrollment process.


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