"This is the tsunami that's been waiting to happen," Owens says. "Without those residency spots, the number of students isn't impacting the demand like we need it to."
Owens says 20% of the positions that Staff Care was asked to fill in 2011 were for primary care physicians. That was followed by 19% for behavioral care providers; 16% for anesthesia providers; 10% for hospitalists; and 8% for surgeons.
"We are also seeing a fusion of behavioral health and primary care," Owens says. "We are seeing patients come in for a variety of different needs, for instance, diabetes or obesity. Some of that can be caused by depression or onset depression."
The respondents in the survey said they liked the convenience of using locum tenens, mainly for care continuity and preventing revenue loss. However, 86% of the respondents identified the high cost of temporary help as the most significant drawback when hiring locum tenens.