Telemedicine locum tenens FAQ

April 16th, 2020 3 Min read Telemedicine locum tenens FAQ Blog
Questions about working telemedicine as locums with CompHealth? Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

How easy is it to work telemedicine?

Changes brought about in the CARES Act and the relaxing of certain telemedicine licensure requirements are now making it easier for healthcare professionals to connect with patients virtually. Whether you’re one of the 15% of physicians who has already worked in telemedicine, or are new to telemedicine-based care, CompHealth can help you make your next locum tenens assignment a telemedicine one.

Do I need to have experience with telemedicine before providing these services?

While having experience with telemedicine is helpful, it’s not necessary. The facility will provide you with an orientation of their processes and technology before you are expected to start seeing patients. Your CompHealth recruiter is also here to help you with whatever you need to feel comfortable and ready to go to work.

What types of telemedicine are there?

While the definition of telemedicine encompasses a broad range of clinical services, the most common type is known as real-time or synchronous telemedicine. It requires a live interaction between a health professional and a patient using audio and video communication. You also typically have access to patient- or healthcare organization-provided information, such as medical history and prescriptions.

Which specialties can practice telemedicine?

Healthcare providers of all specialties can practice telemedicine today. The specialties with the highest jobs in telemedicine include psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine and urgent care medicine, infectious disease, radiology, and more.

Will CompHealth provide equipment to me in order to practice telemedicine?

The facility that hires you for your telemedicine locums assignment may ask you to use your own computer, or they may supply the necessary equipment, ensuring that it meets their facility’s protocols and standards.  Both visual and audio privacy are verified in advance.

Which states can I practice telemedicine in with my current license?

Because of the increased need due to the COVID-19 epidemic, many states have temporarily reduced or lifted telehealth licensure requirements. Note: Licensure requirements are changing daily. Our licensing team can provide guidance to your state licensing board for you to determine eligibility.  

What medical malpractice coverage will I have for my telemedicine assignments?

Your coverage type and limits will be the same as they would be for our regular locum tenens assignments. For every assignment, CompHealth verifies adequate processes and technology are in place with the facility in order to ensure you’re covered under our medical malpractice.

What happens after COVID-19, or if I don’t want to do telemedicine anymore?

We can help you transition into a regular locums assignment, either with the facility where you were doing telemedicine or in one of our many other locum tenens opportunities.

Why should I work telemedicine with CompHealth?

CompHealth (and our parent company, CHG Healthcare) has been in business since before telemedicine existed. Because we’re well-established, we have the experience and resources to support you during this time. Our organization places thousands of physicians in assignments every year, and telemedicine is no different. We’re experts in helping physicians deliver care where it’s needed most, and telemedicine is one more way we’re doing that.

How do I get started? What if I have other questions?

You can apply to one of our current telemedicine job opportunities or give us a call at 800.453.3030 to speak with a recruiter.