Medical specialties with the most locum tenens providers
In the Definitive Healthcare PhysicianView product, a proprietary algorithm analyzes a physician’s recent billing activity and network affiliations to identify those physicians that are considered locum tenens, or short-term, contract-based healthcare providers.
In addition, our claims-based specialty data categorizes the specialty of healthcare providers beyond self-reported taxonomy codes. Using the Atlas All-Payor Claims Dataset, we can better understand the actual procedures a provider performs and the patients they see to classify their expertise more accurately.
|Rank||Claims-based specialty||% of predicted locum tenens providers||Explore dataset|
|24||Physical medicine and rehabilitation||0.7%||Explore|
Which medical specialties have the most locum tenens providers?
Primary care doctors – family practice and internal medicine physicians – make up the highest percentage of predicted locums tenens providers analyzed. The two specialties are among the most popular by total providers and the most reported by medical school graduates.
Family practice and internal medicine doctors are also some of the specialties most impacted by physician staffing shortages – an estimated 28,000 primary care doctors dropped out of the workforce in 2021.
Additional medical specialties in the top 10 include:
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