Before accepting a new job, you need answers to all your most important questions. How much will you be earning? What sort of benefits are there? What kind of paperwork is involved?
If you’ve chosen locum tenens work, these details are important.
We’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked questions you may have about locum tenens, from taxes to health insurance.
How do I get paid?
As a locums provider, your pay comes directly from Hayes Locums. The process is streamlined and simpler than traditional models. Details (including your negotiated rate) will be outlined per your assignment and will be clearly communicated with you.
You will record your hours worked for patient care on a Hayes Locums time-sheet and then submit it to your consultant for processing. Our payment process is bimonthly, with the option to enroll in direct deposit.
Will this complicate my taxes?
Not at all. Locums providers are independent contractors instead of employees. Hayes Locums will provide you with a 1099 form to show what you were paid for your assignments. Hayes does not handle your tax paperwork. For financial planning and taxes, we recommend you consult with your tax professional to see what works best for you.
How do I get credentialed?
The first step to becoming credentialed with Hayes Locums is to complete our online application. We want to get to know you in order to present you properly. Our method is to credential you prior to an assignment, which helps us ensure your placement is the right fit. Once your information is fully vetted, our in-house credentialing department will assist you with hospital privileging paperwork. Click here to learn how we work with providers to minimize the pain point of paperwork.
Our provider application is thorough, with many of the same questions you would encounter to gain a medical license or hospital privileges. By providing us with the information we need to work on your behalf, we can better understand your background and experience. We have teams dedicated to help you get credentialed with Hayes Locums and with each hospital or health system. In addition, we can help you obtain state licenses, if necessary.
We will compile the information, have you sign and complete the forms where needed, and we will finalize steps with the hospital or health system. We keep things moving forward.
This drastically eases the pain of filling out redundant paperwork, especially for providers who want to work in different states or in multiple hospitals.
“We have teams dedicated to help you get credentialed with Hayes Locums and with each hospital or health system. In addition, we can help you obtain state licenses, if necessary.”
What about health insurance?
As an independent contractor, you will be responsible for your own health insurance coverage. If you choose to take on locums assignments full time, private health insurance options, purchasing a plan under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), or even signing onto your spouse’s plan if you are married, could be viable options for obtaining health insurance.
Don’t let a few lingering questions stand in the way of the next step in your medical career. The Hayes Locums team is here to answer any further questions you have about locum tenens.