We’ve covered procuring cause protection on the LocumsMart blog before, but having joined the team after a decade working for recruiting agencies, I wanted to stress the importance of this feature from the Vendor side of the equation.
On the Vendor side, we always referred to this as “ownership” over a doctor. In other words, outside of the LocumsMart environment, if two Vendors present the same Provider to an Assignment Request (something that is impossible in LocumsMart), whichever Vendor makes the presentation first “owns” that Provider, at that particular Facility and/or HCO, for the period of time specified in the Vendor’s contract with the Facility and/or HCO. During the Vendor’s procuring cause protected period, no other Vendor is able to work that Provider at that Facility and/or HCO. LocumsMart makes this process simple by setting the ownership period (typically 12 or 24 months, depending on the terms of the applicable Master Contract) in the Workflow Settings, and then automatically locking in the Vendor’s ownership, or “procuring cause status,” based on the NPI number of the Provider.
Coming from the agency side myself, I cannot stress how important it is to make sure you are presenting your candidate correctly via an official Bid on LocumsMart. Losing ownership over a Provider means lost revenue and lost commission—not to mention the fact that it is a waste of your time.
For more on how automatic procuring cause protection from LocumsMart works, and how to check the status of a particular Provider, read our blog entry from earlier this year.