If a facility uses locum tenens interpreting physicians and the locum tenens is not working at the facility when it is inspected, must the facility have their continuing experience and continuing medical education updated quarterly or continuously, like the other (regular) interpreting physicians?
No. The facility is only responsible for demonstrating that these interpreting physicians are qualified at the time they work at the facility. However, if the facility wishes to bring that physician back at a later date to work as a locum tenens, the facility may need to get updated documentation on the physician’s continuing medical education and continuing experience, to verify that the individual has met all of the requirements on the day they start working for the facility. Facilities should keep in mind that if a locum tenens physician is working at the facility on the day of the inspection, all their qualifications would be checked as if they were a permanent employee of the facility.