Company overview

Learn more about how our vast array of solutions and best-in-class technologies are powerfully serving the healthcare workforce. 

Our brands

They say you can’t choose your family – but we did. We think you will, too. Our family of companies can tackle problems of any size, big or small. 

Our role in healthcare

Learn more about how we use our unrivaled staffing experience, best-in-class technology, and strategic consultation to help your organization succeed.

Executive leadership

Meet our team of executive leaders who are guiding our efforts to make life better for providers, patients, and healthcare organizations. 

Core values

See how our core values guide all our business decisions and drive us to find new ways to make life better for those we serve in the healthcare industry.

Community impact

Learn more about how we give back to communities both near and far through fundraisers, team activities, medical missions, and more. 

Solutions overview

See how we’re delivering customized workforce solutions that are doing right by our healthcare partners and improving how healthcare is done. 


Check out our suite of high-tech solutions that perfectly complement our high-touch approach to a future-ready workforce. 

Advisory services

We’re creating customized solutions that support cost containment, drive meaningful results, and pave the way for a more successful future. 


See how our experts draw from the industry’s largest locums database to deliver customized solutions such as locum tenens, permanent placement, and telehealth.

Advanced practice

Get insights into how our team of APP-specific experts use in-house credentialing and licensing to deliver the right candidate to your facility.

Allied health

Learn more about the process we use to connect your organization with qualified therapists, technicians, technologists, assistants, and more.


Find out what makes our nurse staffing truly stand out in the industry, and how we’re constantly looking for new ways to make the process smoother.


Tap into the nation’s largest network and deepest specialty bench of multi-state license providers to keep your virtual care strategies on track.


Visit our blog to get workforce insights, catch the latest company updates, and hear important stories from within the healthcare industry.


Get industry insights, workforce strategies, and more from our resource section. Each video, article, and tool has been created with your success in mind. 

Careers overview

Get the details on how a career at CHG fast-tracks your success and lets you play a role in helping 25 million patients receive care each year.

View jobs


Get all the details about our various locations nationwide. We have expanded our operations to better serve the needs of the healthcare community.


Browse our benefit and wellness programs and learn how our team handpicks the best options to support you as a whole person.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Learn about the DEI goals we’re embracing to make our company¬–and healthcare industry at large–a better home for everyone.

Learning and development

See how our award-winning team of trainers can help you develop new skills and pursue the career path that makes you feel the most alive.

Employee stories

Check out stories from our people’s lives that highlight how CHG supports personal growth and helps you make a positive impact in the world.


Learn more about how our commitment to workplace flexibility puts you in the best position to be happy, comfortable, and effective.

Talent network

Visit our Talent network page to apply for a job, communicate with our talent acquisition team, or refer someone else for a job at CHG.

Recruiting process

Learn more about our hiring process and how we seek out the best opportunities for you to make an immediate impact.

How locum tenens physicians compare to staff physicians in quality of care

quality locum tenens provider and patient

Patients should receive the same quality of care whether they’re being seen by a staff physician or a locum tenens provider, and reputable locums agencies like Weatherby Healthcare go to great lengths to ensure the quality of their locum tenens providers. These efforts were reflected in two recent studies that compared patient outcomes for locum tenens and employed physicians. Researchers found that patient outcomes were similar for both provider types, and — according to one study — costs to the healthcare facility were actually lower for those patients being seen by locum tenens providers.  

Comparing patient outcomes

“The lack of significant overall difference in mortality rates between patients treated by locum tenens and non-locum tenens physicians is reassuring, and it argues against the presence of systematic differences in the quality of care administered by these two groups of physicians,” concluded the authors of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

This study, led by Harvard Medical School researchers, examined almost two million Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized between 2009 and 2014. They found that treatment by locum tenens physicians overall was not associated with increased mortality rates compared to staff physicians. These results should foster confidence in hospital systems and individual facilities that use locum tenens to fill in for gaps in coverage. Locum tenens physicians are as knowledgeable, skilled, and concerned about the quality of patient care they deliver as employed physicians.

“You still bring the same skillset wherever you go,” says OB/GYN Dr. Roseann Freundel. “You still bring the human compassion component, the love of the work you do.”

She explains that mindset doesn’t change because she’s a locums, and her patients still get the benefit of that. “Even though you may be a new provider someplace, you still approach your patients with that level of sensitivity and acceptance.”

The researchers also analyzed secondary outcomes, including readmission rates, costs of care and length of stay. Patients cared for by locum tenens physicians had lower 30-day readmissions, which was an additional positive finding.

Costs and quality of locum tenens

A second study conducted by researchers with the University of Toledo College of Medicine/ProMedica found that patients treated by locums had shorter hospital stays and decreased hospital costs — but no increase in readmissions or mortality. Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries treated by locum physicians had similar mortality rates compared to those treated by non-locum internists.

Researchers also found that patients seen only by locum tenens were associated with an adjusted length of stay of one day shorter — with an adjusted average hospital cost-saving of $1,339 per hospitalization. Locum physician care resulted in a 23% lower cost compared to staff hospitalists.

What are the pros and cons of hiring locum tenens providers? Find out in the CHG State of Locum Tenens Report

Debunking misperceptions

The University of Toledo study also found a prevalent misconception among employed physicians that locum physicians provided lower patient safety and quality of care.

Locum tenens cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Carlos Garcia mentioned in an interview with Weatherby Healthcare that he feels some doctors view him as a novice when he is introduced as a locums, despite the fact that he graduated from medical school in 1978.

“This may sound terrible, but most places I’ve gone I’m either one of the most qualified or the most qualified guy in town,” he says.

Surprised by the findings

The University of Toledo researchers indicated they were surprised that the results showed similar readmission and mortality rates for patients seen by locum tenens and employed hospitalists.

Lead author Moaath K. Mustafa Ali, MD, MPH, shared one theory with Medscape Medical News: “Locums have a lot of competition. They want to do well so they get called for additional shifts, and that could play a role.”

Even with competition for jobs in the back of their minds, locum tenens physicians are as committed to their patients as their staff physician counterparts. Part of this may be that they can focus more on patient care, without the distraction of administrative responsibilities. “Even if you have a heavy load, you know you’re going to be with your patients. You’re not going to be pulled out for some meeting or something like that,” Dr. Freundel says. “That’s what I went into medicine for — to be with my patients.”

Locums have also reported that — even though their stay is temporary — they generally feel connected to their patients and are able to spend more time with them.

“People will say you can’t establish relationships, but I’ve found that’s totally untrue,” says hospitalist Dr. Lee Green. “I’ve established a lot of strong relationships. I think being a locums makes me a better patient advocate because I know the only thing that really matters to me is the quality of patient care.”

This article first appeared on Weatherby is a division of CHG Healthcare. For help finding the physicians and advanced practice providers you need to staff your healthcare facilities, give us a call at 866.588.5996 or email

About the author

Jen Hunter

Jen Hunter has been a marketing writer for over 20 years. She enjoys telling the stories of healthcare providers and sharing new, relevant, and the most up-to-date information on the healthcare front. Jen lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, two kids, and their geriatric black Lab. She enjoys all things outdoors-y, but most of all she loves rock climbing in the Wasatch mountains.

See all articles from this author

Post Archives

Thanks. We received your message and one of our strategic advisors will contact you shortly.