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The Rise of Flexible Staffing: Addressing Fluctuating Patient Volumes and Shortages

By: LocumTenens.com | Updated on May 03, 2024

The Rise of Flexible Staffing: Addressing Fluctuating Patient Volumes and Shortages

The United States is currently facing a highly pressing physician shortage. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there will be a projected shortage of up to 138,000 physicians by 2031. To best address this, along with high fluctuating patient volumes, flexible staffing models have been implemented in hospitals across the country. With reduced labor costs, improved patient care and overall satisfaction, flexible staffing models have proved to be reliable solutions for many facilities. 

Flexible staffing models aim to optimize staff utilization and enhance efficiency. Facilities can operate cost-effectively by considering patient volume and reducing labor costs, paying only for the necessary staff required to operate successfully. Pairing these efficient staffing models with the benefits of staffing Advanced Practice Providers also helps to address physician shortages and improve access to care.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 40% growth rate for several APP specialties between 2022 and 2031, compared to a 3% growth rate for physicians. APPs provide trusted care to patients across the country. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners currently provide care to over 1 billion patients annually, with a sizable portion residing in underserved communities. With increasing healthcare needs and an aging population, flexible staffing models that leverage APPs are crucial to ensuring quality care throughout physician shortages.

There are various flexible staffing models available, each with distinctive benefits for hospitals and physicians. Locum tenens placements address scheduling needs, telehospitalists expand care access for remote patients, and hospitalist groups deliver comprehensive inpatient care. Various care models are available to cater to a facility's specific desires and needs.

The future of flexible staffing models means a more catered partnership with facilities, addressing their specific needs. For more information on expanding your hospital medicine team, explore our Hospital Medicine Services. To learn about the extensive benefits of APP staffing, explore our APP Staffing Strategies. Contact one of our account representatives to better learn what a partnership with LocumTenens.com could mean for your facility.

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