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May 16, 2013
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Without a doubt, maneuvering through the credentialing process is among the most demanding aspects of the locum tenens hiring process. You've completed the process of finding the perfect locum tenens opportunity and are excited about traveling to the location to begin your new assignment. Then, Wham!  You receive multiple emails requesting this application, that application, copies of certificates, references, etc. 

So, what can you do to make the credentialing process as fast, easy and efficient as possible? Have no worries, Health Carousel Locum Tenens has a team of experienced credentialing specialists dedicated to assisting with this process.  Below are a few tips on how the process can be as painless as possible.

What is the most important thing you can do to make the locum tenens credentialing process smooth?

The first and most important step is returning to Health Carousel Locum Tenens all completed applications/documents along with all of your supporting documentation. Our team is dedicated to helping you complete the site/hospital application and other paperwork.  In order to do that, we need to have the full picture of your career past and present.  Once we have everything, we will complete all necessary hospital forms, simplifying the process for you.  We will forward the hospital documents to you for review, completion of the yes/no questions and signatures.  The key to this step is ensuring that you respond quickly. The credentialing process takes time and we want your experience to be seamless.

What type of information do I need to provide?

The more details you provide about your work history the better! Gaps between assignments, missing month/year dates, descriptions that state "locum tenens", and/or "see attached" will cause delays when the site/hospital attempts to process your application.  Provide written explanations for any gaps in your work history as this is a standard item that will be requested by the hospital. Our expert credentialing team is dedicated to helping you obtain all the required information correctly on the front end.

What is the best way for me to provide all the required documentation?

The most convenient way for you to send your documents is in an electronic form such as emails, file sharing sites, e.g. Google docs. This ensures that your copies are easily accessible for your next assignment. If you don't already have your file together, ask your Health Carousel Locum Tenens credentialing specialist to forward you an electronic version of all the credentialing documents, including applications completed by them on your behalf.  You can then store the file on your personal electronic device for all future assignments! 

What is the biggest credentialing pitfall for locums?

The biggest pitfall we've seen for locum tenens providers in the credentialing process is a delay in responding to requests for additional information. By doing so, the process becomes more time consuming and difficult, risking missed start dates and/or great opportunities.  As a great Leader once said, "Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today". -Benjamin Franklin

If you keep these tips in mind, we're confident we can make the credentialing process as fast, easy, and efficient as possible and help you make the most of your locum tenens jobs through Health Carousel Locum Tenens!


Article written by:

Sara Rogers 

VP of Operations, Health Carousel Locum Tenens