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Coronavirus Impacts & Updates

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is on the top of everyone’s minds and we’re aware of the potential it has to disrupt and impact your life as a locum tenens or traveling healthcare provider.

We want you to know that we care greatly about each of you, you are all members of the Weatherby Healthcare family. Regardless of what happens with COVID-19 we are committed to putting you first and taking care of your needs.

While this pandemic is still in the early phases in the United States we are monitoring how and where it is spreading so that we can be mindful of you and your future assignments. We also maintain a goal to ensure healthcare facilities around the country are appropriately staffed and that all patients are still being served.

We will use this post as a place for COVID-19 updates, especially if anything has the potential to impact future assignments. Read on below for current updates and specific actions currently being taken:

Locums Physicians & Other Travelers

The work you do is important and puts you at risk every day. The COVID-19 outbreak has the potential to impact your ability to work or your own health. Your safety is our top priority and we will continue to monitor the outbreak and communicate regularly with updates.

Update – March 23, 2020

  • Each day additional states are waiving license requirements in order to handle the influx of COVID-19 cases. The Federation of State Medical Boards has the most up-to-date information on each state. 

Update – March 20, 2020

  • We are actively helping healthcare facilities around the country fill their needs for providers. If you have a need or are a provider willing to work please visit this post.

Update – March 15, 2020

  • To date, 39 states have declared states of emergency and many are temporarily waiving licensing requirements in response to COVID-19. This significantly improves the ability to get healthcare providers in hospitals, assisting patients, faster. CHG Healthcare and Weatherby Healthcare are working with each state licensing board and doing everything we can to expedite licenses. If you are not on assignment with us today, but feel like you are able to help out during this time, please email or call us at 888.970.8918.

Update – March 11, 2020

  • Starting March 16, all locums and traveling providers will be required to complete a screening questionnaire prior to assignment start dates. Contact your consultant if you have not yet filled out a questionnaire or if anything has changed with your health or the areas you have traveled since you submitted the form.

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Allied Travelers

  • If you are a traveler employed by Weatherby and need additional support, please take advantage of our Employee Assistance Plan 

Healthcare Facilities

As your partners, we are doing everything we can to ensure providers arrive prepared and on time to serve your patients. If you have additional needs or are aware of other areas where we could be of service, please reach out to your consultant.

Update – March 15, 2020

  • To date, 39 states have declared states of emergency and many are temporarily waiving licensing requirements in response to COVID-19. This significantly improves the ability to get healthcare providers in your facilities faster. CHG Healthcare and Weatherby Healthcare are working with each state licensing board and doing everything we can to expedite licenses. If you are in need of staffing support (or feel like you will need support in the future) as you handle the influx of COVID-19 cases in your locations, please email or call us at 888.970.8918.

Update – March 11, 2020

  • Starting March 16, all traveling providers are required to complete a screening questionnaire prior to their assignment start date. This will ensure they haven’t traveled to a high-risk international country or to their knowledge been exposed to COVID-19. If you have any further criteria for your facility, please reach out to your personal consultant.

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  • It may soon be very important that healthcare systems decide what essential services are, what elective procedures are,
    what reasons there could be to postpone procedures, consults etc. Waiting until the first case is in your institution may make no sense. This is relevant because of risks for all involved (providers and patients), availability of hospital beds in particular when healthcare providers are ill or need to be quarantined etc.
    Important to reflect on this right now. Societies are starting to develop guidelines

    • My Urology work is not essential. It is in rural underserved area. All surgery is elective. I am 70 and on immunosuppressive drug for well controlled psoriatic arthritis. Enjoy working very much, but skeptical about flying to site and working for next month or two. Your thoughts?

  • If I have to self quarantine due to an exposure, will I still get paid for my next assignment, even if it’s with a different institution?

    • Hi Andy, please contact your recruiter to discuss this type of situation. Thank you for your work during these difficult times.

  • a move to telemedicine and cancellation of all non urgent visits to hospitals and clinics should be done immediately. as an oncologist/ hematologist- there are many patients who could be adequately served in this manner or could delay follow up (eg those in long term follow / post remission eg breast cancer 3-5 yrs or longer out from initial treatment). Clinics seem reluctant to introduce aggressive telemed, skype, or even face time approaches to reduce or eliminate face to face on site encounters. i have noted local hospitals claim they have in place a very sound “screening process” for C-19. however, only PCR testing is a reliable screen given the up to 15 day asymptomatic status of carriers while contagious. this should changes quickly – and weatherby position for remote medicine to achieve non-C-19 clinical needs.

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