msp vs vms

The difference between Vendor Management Systems and Managed Service Providers

For healthcare facilities that depend on locum tenens to fill staff vacancies, two models have emerged to help hospitals and healthcare systems manage their needs: Vendor Management Systems and Managed Service Providers. In a Vendor Management System (VMS), hospitals and healthcare systems acquires locum tenens services from multiple locum vendors in a vendor-neutral format and…


2017 in Review

Now that 2018 has begun in earnest, it makes sense to look back at the year that just ended. Throughout 2017, public markets put a lot of pressure on healthcare systems to stem losses and improve earnings. Industry-wide economic pressures were the drivers of the two major trends in 2017: hospital divestitures, and increased internal…


What to expect in 2018

Last year, we made a few predictions about what to expect from our industry in 2017. We were mostly right. This year, we have one big prediction, and a revision to the one we got wrong. Data-Driven Decision-Making Something we expect to be a very big deal in 2018 is healthcare systems’ ability to make…


What you’re thankful for

Last month, we emailed our users asking them what aspect of LocumsMart they are most thankful for. We were floored by the responses we received from you. There were too many for us to share all of them, but below are some of our favorites, including the winners of our Thanksgiving gift card drawing. Congratulations to…


On the Road

November was a busy month for LocumsMart. Bob, Keitha and I spent lots of time on the road meeting face-to-face with customers around the country. NWSPR Bob, Keitha and I all went to the first Northwest Staff Physician Recruiters (NWSPR) meeting. We love being in Seattle. We don’t get many chances to go to the…


NEPRA Conference Recap

I had the good fortune of attending last week’s NEPRA Conference at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, and while I did not win a hand at the casino, I still came out ahead. It was actually my first time meeting this group of people, but I made connections with a really great group of recruiters.…


Provider Bid Acceptance Status

As always, we’re listening to the feedback we get from Users about how they interact with LocumsMart and looking for ways to improve the User experience. One request we’ve heard recently from a few Vendor Members regards the information that is viewable from the list views for Assignment Requests. As a direct response to this…