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Journal of ASPR - Fall 2013
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Vendor management for physician search:Weighing the pros and cons

Aureus MedicalAs healthcare undergoes a dramatic shift, facilities are searching for ways to control costs and improve efficiencies without negatively impacting the quality of patient care. The implementation of vendor management systems (VMS) and software for physician recruitment is becoming more prevalent within the industry. At the core of a VMS is the channeling of staff procurement through a single point of contact to save time, reduce paperwork, ensure quality, and maintain consistency. But how does a VMS impact current processes and personal relationships? What is gained and what is lost?

Benefits of vendor management: Eliminate calls/emails from multiple staffing agencies; expand search through more agencies; negotiate/manage vendor contracts; screen candidates, coordinate interviews; collect required documentation; consistent credentialing process; software (if available) to automate key functions.

What to consider when selecting a VMS provider: Does the VMS provide a dedicated contact and support team? Does the solution address locum tenens and direct hire? Can a preferred staffing agency be used? Is the VMS vendor neutral? Does the VMS work within existing process versus overhauling it? Is there a guarantee of service?

Ideally, most facilities desire the best of both worlds — a solution that improves efficiency while retaining the "people” component. If having a dedicated contact and operational team to support staffing protocols is critical, ask the question. Understanding pressure points and key differentiators will help in weighing options moving forward.

Let the Physician Division of Aureus Medical assist you with developing a strategic plan for physician recruitment. Contact Tim Kelly at 1-866-795-6650 or Or visit


Journal of ASPR - Fall 2013

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