Employer FAQ

Employer FAQ

Candidate search

How long does the recruitment process take?

Depending on your requirements, it can take CompHealth as little as one month to as much six months or more to help you fill an open position. Factors that affect how long it takes include:

  • The demand for that profession/specialty

  • How competitive the offered compensation is

  • How attractive your location is to potential candidates

  • What the work conditions are like

On average, the process takes three to six months from start to finish. However for some professions, we can find candidates much more quickly. Give us a call at 855.900.2012 for a more specific estimate.

How much does it cost to have CompHealth find me a provider?

The fee for successfully helping you fill an open position is based on the specifics of the job, the difficulty of the search, and the compensation level of the provider. There is no cost for a candidate search unless there’s a successful placement; you pay only if you choose to hire a candidate we present.

How does CompHealth market my job?

Once the job description is finalized, CompHealth posts your opening on our job board as well as other third-party job sites. Our recruiters share your job with candidates actively seeking a new job who are the best match, while proactively searching our database for additional providers who may be interested.

How do you vet your candidates?

Before presenting candidates for an opening, we vet them carefully through an in-depth interview process. This helps us to understand what they’ve been doing, what their qualifications are, and any issues a potential employer should be aware of. While you’re ultimately responsible to conduct your own background check before hiring them, we are careful to only present highly qualified candidates who are a good match for the open position.

Do you present candidates to more than one potential employer?

Yes, our best candidates are in high demand and will often be presented to more than one employer. It’s important to move quickly if you find an attractive candidate for your open position.

Who pays for site visits?

As the prospective employer, the cost of travel, accommodation, and other expenses is at your discretion. However, CompHealth’s travel department is available to assist if you need help arranging a candidate’s travel.

What happens when we make an offer?

Once you’ve decided to extend an offer, CompHealth’s customer service team will contact both you and the candidate to assist in getting them ready to go to work. CompHealth can assist in:

  • Licensing

  • Credentialing

  • Relocation

We’ll continue to support you until they arrive at your facility ready to work.

Do you have a guarantee?

Yes, CompHealth will make our best efforts to replace the candidate if they leave the job inside the contracted guarantee period. Refer to your contract or talk to your CompHealth representative for details.

Hiring locum tenens/travel professionals

What is locum tenens?

Locum tenens (Latin for “holding the place”) is the term used to describe a healthcare professional who temporarily fills an open position. Typically, only physicians, PAs, and NPs are referred to as locum tenens or “locums,” while other healthcare professionals like nurses, physical therapists, or lab professionals are referred to as travelers.

Are locums/travelers only used for short-term assignments?

No, locum tenens and travel healthcare professionals can fill an opening for an extended period of time. In fact, 75 percent of temporary assignments are longer than six months in duration. Many facilities use locums or travelers to bridge a gap while recruiting for a permanent employee or to fill a temporary need like covering shifts while a provider is on vacation or during a high-volume season of the year.

How much do I have to pay for a locums/traveler?

The cost of bringing in a locums or traveler is affected by many factors, such as the nature of the position, the type of professional needed, market conditions, your location, and your budget limitations. You are also typically responsible to cover housing and travel to and from the assignment. To find out how much it will cost to fill a specific opening, give us a call at 855.900.2012.

How long does it take to find a locum tenens/travel provider for an open position?

In most specialties, CompHealth can present you with candidates for an open locums/travel position within 48 hours. How long it takes to have a provider in place in your facility depends on the job requirements, how flexible your criteria are, and what paperwork needs to be completed before the selected provider can start. In some cases, it takes only a few days from start to finish; in others it can take as long as 2-3 months — especially for difficult-to-fill roles.

What types of doctors do locums?

CompHealth staffs 75 physician specialties and 35 PA and NP specialties. Doctors from every career phase choose to work locums — from well-trained, early career physicians to experienced doctors nearing retirement. Physicians choose to work locums for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • To gain experience in different clinical settings

  • To fill a gap between permanent positions

  • To travel and see new places

  • To supplement their income

We carefully vet all physicians before presenting them for locum tenens positions to ensure both quality and fit.

What part of the process do you help with?

CompHealth has teams dedicated to travel, housing, licensing, and credentialing. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to hire a CompHealth locums or traveler to provide coverage at your facility.

What if I don’t like the locums or traveler once they arrive?

Our goal is to provide you with a high-quality provider who’s a good fit every time. If you have concerns about their clinical skills and ability to perform as needed, we can initiate a change immediately. If the problem is an interpersonal one, we’ll work with you to coach the provider and resolve the situation to everyone’s advantage.

If I like your locum tenens provider/traveler, can I hire them as a permanent employee?

Yes. Every assignment contract has a clause that allows you to execute a contract buy-out if the job and the provider are a good match and both parties want to move forward with a permanent hire. We’re happy to facilitate the process. Contact your CompHealth rep for next steps.

Can CompHealth manage a locums provider I’ve already found?

Yes, if you’ve already identified a physician or other healthcare professional to fill a temporary opening, CompHealth is happy to coordinate the scheduling, travel, housing, and other administrative details of getting them to work at your facility. Ask your CompHealth rep for details.

What does a locum tenens/traveler contract include?

Your contract sets out the expectations of both parties. It’s a contingency-based agreement, meaning you don’t pay anything unless CompHealth presents a candidate you choose to accept for the job. If we can’t fill the position, you have no obligation. You become legally obligated when you accept a candidate either verbally or via email. You have until 30 days prior to start to cancel. For more information, talk to your CompHealth rep.

Does CompHealth cover malpractice insurance?

Yes, CompHealth covers its locum tenens providers for up to $1 million per occurrence and up to $3 million in annual aggregates — even for assignments as short as two days. If your facility receives notice of a malpractice claim against a locum tenens provider, please contact CompHealth’s risk management team at 888.212.0816 and we’ll manage the claim going forward.

Working with CompHealth

Why should I choose CompHealth to help me with my staffing needs?

CompHealth is a leader in the healthcare staffing industry and the founder of the locum tenens industry. With more than 40 years in business, we have long-standing relationships with state licensing boards, airlines, hotel chains, and other key business partners. Our veteran status allows us to get things done quickly and efficiently. For locum tenens and travel assignments, we take care of every step from start to finish. For permanent placements, we take care of all parts of the candidate search, from interviews to relocation. CompHealth is a member of the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations and accredited with The Joint Commission for Health Care Staffing Services.

What do I do if there is a problem with a provider?

If you are dissatisfied with a either a locum tenens/travel provider or a permanent hire, contact your rep for resolution. Our goal is to make healthcare staffing stress-free, so we’ll do our best to resolve the problem as quickly as possible in the best interests of everyone concerned.

How can I give feedback?

If you have feedback to share — either positive or negative — about your experience working with us or with an individual healthcare provider, we want to hear from you. There are three ways to give us your feedback:

  • Contact to your rep and give the feedback directly

  • Complete and return the QA evaluation after the conclusion of a locum tenens assignment

  • Respond to our annual customer experience survey (emailed in September)

  • Give us a call at 855.900.2012

Our goal is to get better at everything we do, so your feedback is welcome!

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