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AAPPR Live Webinar: Automating, Centralizing and Standardizing Locums Management with VMS Technology
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 Export to Your Calendar 2/5/2020
When: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
1:00 PM
Where: Online and conference call - link will be emailed in registration confirmation.
United States

Online registration is available until: 2/5/2020
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Case Study: Automating, and Standardizing Locums Management with VMS Technology 

Time: 10:00 am PT / 12:00 pm CT / 1:00 pm ET


  • Taft Brown, Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Acadia Healthcare
  • Jeff Niles, Vice President, Healthcare Workforce Logistics 

Cost: Members/Free, Non-members/$99

Webinar Overview

Acadia Healthcare, like many other large healthcare systems had very little visibility into locums utilization and costs. In addition, each facility was negotiating their own contracts, rates, and buyout terms. There were wide inconsistencies in requirements, screening, quality metrics, and processes. All of this led to a high level of inefficiency, unhealthy risk, duplicative work, and overspending on rates and fees. Acadia chose to partner with HWL to implement a comprehensive standardization initiative leveraging their proprietary Vendor Management Software which was designed for locums management. The result is a standard contract across all facilities, benchmarked rate structures by market, automated and customized workflows for screening, onboarding, credentialing,
time/expense approval, and invoicing. Acadia also benefits from HWL real-time reporting on cost and utilization, vendor performance, quality metrics, and forecasted spending. By standardizing and automating processes, Acadia achieved efficiency gains, cost savings, quality improvements, and real time visibility.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the risks of inconsistencies in locum tenens contract management.
  • State three key benefits of locum tenens contract standardization.
  • Describe how vendor management systems can lead to efficiency gains, cost savings, quality improvements, and utilization insights. 

Speaker Bios

Taft Brown is Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Acadia Healthcare. Taft has been in talent acquisition for almost 20 years and began his career in the early 2000’s on both the search and corporate side with a focus on IT in industries including banking, oil, and manufacturing. In 2007 he entered the healthcare industry joining LifePoint Health and later HCA and in 2015 joined Acadia Healthcare. With the task of building a corporate talent acquisition team which had not previously been a corporate function, Taft now oversees a team of highly talented recruiters supporting corporate, executive, comprehensive treatment centers, and physician needs for all of Acadia Healthcare’s 500+ locations in 40 states.



Jeff Niles is Vice President of Sales for Healthcare Workforce Logistics, an innovative leader in contingent workforce management technology and managed services. Jeff has excelled in VMS and healthcare contingent workforce management for over 15 years. Prior to HWL, he served led the national sales and marketing team at ShiftWise and grew their business to over $1 billion in spend under management in less than ten years. Jeff’s industry expertise, client service excellence and visionary leadership helped to build ShiftWise into one of the largest providers of VMS in the healthcare industry. Jeff earned graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree from Miami University.