Kansas Locum Tenens FAQs

Still have questions about "Becoming a Provider" or "Requesting Service"? Contact Andrea Ellis at 913-588-1228 or aellis2@kumc.edu.

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Who requests temporary coverage?

Rural Kansas hospitals and clinics request coverage.

What areas of practice does locums tenens cover?

Kansas Locum Tenens provides coverage in the specialities of family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatrics.

Who is eligible to provide coverage?

Residents in family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatrics may participate in Kansas Locum Tenens provided they have the following:
      • Permanent Kansas medical license
      • DEA certificate
      • Malpractice insurance
      • Approval by Program Director, Department Chair, Assistant/Associate Dean for GME, and Executive Vice Chancellor

Can I use vacation time?

Yes. At the discretion of the Program Director, residents must use vacation time when participating in locums and can participate in no more than two weeks of locum tenens in a 12-month period.

Most coverages occur over the weekend ranging from 48-60 hours on an on-call basis in a rural emergency room setting. Monday-Friday clinic coverage is also requested.

Does it count towards my 80 hour work week?

Yes. Residents are required to report all locum tenens and moonlighting activities in duty hour reports.

Is there a form complete?

Yes. To sign up for Kansas Locum Tenens please fill out the resident profile form.

Once a resident has accepted a coverage, additional paperwork for approval will be applicable.

How does Rural Health provide assistance?

Rural Health communicates with communities in need of coverage. Then we send out an email to all resident physician signed up with the Kansas Locum Tenens program. The coverages are on a first come, first serve basis. Once a resident physician accepts a coverage, Rural Health will assist with credentialing and obtaining signatures needed on approval paperwork.

How much does malpractice insurance cost?

Quotes for primary care coverage on an on-call basis in rural emergency rooms in Kansas range from $1100-$1500. Rural Health Education and Services recommends contacting USI Midwest, LLC. For contact information, application and tips on filling out the application visit the become a provider. page on our site. Contact Andrea Ellis at 1-888-503-4221 or by email aellis2@kumc.edu to find out if your malpractice insurance could be covered.

How long are the coverages?

Most coverages occur over the weekend ranging from 48-60 hours on an on-call basis in a rural emergency room setting. Monday-Friday clinic coverage is also requested.

How much is compensation?

Flat fee rates are as follows:
      • Daily rate of $1450/24 hours
      • $200/day holiday pay
      • Travel fee $30/hour
      • Off-site lodging provided

Residents can earn between $3000 and $4000 for a weekend coverage!

Are there any options to help me pay for malpractice insurance?

Yes, please refer to the Malpractice Sponsorship Section on the Become a Provider Page or view the Malpractice Insurance Sponsorship FAQS.

Last modified: Nov 05, 2014
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