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ISP FAQs

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  1. Is the ISP like the Travel Nurse Corps or the VA Locum Tenens Program?
  2. Do I need to go through Contracting to use the VHA ISP?
  3. Is there a charge for using ISP employees?
  4. Since ISP clinicians are already vetted and employed, do I need to credential or privilege them?
  5. How long is a typical assignment of an ISP clinical employee?
  6. How much does ISP service cost, and how will I know if my facility has the funds to pay for an ISP clinician?
  7. What types of clinicians does the ISP provide?
  8. Is a performance review required?
  9. How do I request an ISP clinician deployment?
  10. How do I select the ISP clinician that will serve my facility?
  11. Does ISP replace the need for contracting?
1. Is the ISP like the Travel Nurse Corps or the VA Locum Tenens Program?
Answer: Following the successes of the prototype VA Travel Nurse Corps and the VA Locum Tenens Program proof-of-concept operations, the VHA established the permanent Interim Staffing Program and its Travel Nurse Corps and Locum Tenens Program branches to deliver intermittent clinical services to VHA health care facilities.
 
2. Do I need to go through Contracting to use the VHA ISP?
Answer: The ISP is an VA internal program.  Interested VHA facilities contact the Interim Staffing Program directly to complete a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that defines services and charges.  Once your facility has joined an MOA with the ISP, you may submit service-requests via the ISP Request Portal.  You are welcome to e-mail if you have additional questions.
 
3. Is there a charge for using ISP employees?
Answer: Yes.  The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) defines services, charges, and financial processes that cover salary and logistics for clinicians.
 
4. Since ISP clinicians are already vetted and employed, do I need to credential or privilege them?
Answer: Facility-specific credentialing and privileging, as appropriate, are still required. 
 
5. How long is a typical assignment of an ISP clinical employee?
Answer: A typical assignment lasts approximately 90 days, with the potential to extend in some cases.  The ISP can work with VHA health care facilities to address special needs.
 
6. How much does ISP service cost, and how will I know if my facility has the funds to pay for an ISP clinician?
Answer: The ISP will send a cost-estimate to your facility to help your planning.
 
7. What types of clinicians does the ISP provide?
Answer: The ISP provides Registered Nurses in various fields, Compensation and Pension clinicians, and Primary Care and Specialty Providers.  Contact the ISP regarding for more information.
 
8. Is a performance review required?
Answer: Yes. Each facility will report to the ISP on the services they receive from the ISP clinician.
 
9. How do I request an ISP clinician deployment?
Answer:  Contact the ISP for information on completing a Memorandum of Agreement and requesting service.
 
10. How do I select the ISP clinician that will serve my facility?
Answer:  The ISP will send you CVs or resumes of clinicians who may meet your needs.  You may interview the clinicians before making a final selection.
 
11. Does ISP replace the need for contracting?
Answer:  The ISP is one resource to address clinical staffing gaps at VA healthcare facilities.  Other options may include contracting, fee-basis employment, and VHA Virtual-Team Care.