Moonlighting Checklist for Healthcare Employers | Moonlighting Solutions

What are you looking for?

Once you've realized how your facility can benefit from a physician moonlighting program, where do you begin?

Integrating part-time physician moonlighters to help cover nights and weekends (or any time you need additional coverage) for your full-time physician staff will help you retain and recruit FTE physicians, as well as continue to provide a high level of quality care to patients. Below are some key factors to consider and implement before you can start realizing the benefits of a physician moonlighting coverage program.

Needs assessment - What are the hours and volume of shifts to be covered?

  • Hours?
  • Specialties?
  • Onsite vs. Virtual/remote coverage?
    • For virtual/remote telemedicine coverage, what technical platform  / equipment will you use? Do you have compliant telehealth technology needed to provide virtual care?
  • Inpatient vs. Outpatient needs?
  • Patient volumes?
  • Case mix/procedures mix?
  • Candidate requirements / qualifications needed


Program Management

Which of your current staffers can take on the additional task(s) of managing the moonlighting program?

  • Scheduling - who will handle the scheduling and how will this be coordinated and communicated?
  • Accounting / Reimbursement – How will doctors be paid and how much?
  • Malpractice Insurance and Benefits? - How will you insure your moonlighters?
  • Marketing: advertising and recruiting – how will you find doctors for the program? (Job boards, ads, search firms, in-house recruiting team, etc.?)
  • Vetting/Screening/Interviewing – background checks, etc. to ensure that the physician is qualified.
  • Credentialing / privileges etc– who / how / process & procedures etc.
  • Licensing
  • Onboarding/Orientation – introduction and overview of facility procedures and protocols, EMR, etc.
  • Ongoing maintenance / management – trouble-shooting and quality-control.


As you can see, there are many variables to consider throughout the process of implementing a moonlighting program for additional physician coverage. The valuable added benefits moonlighters provide to staff physicians and to your health system and patients are worth the investment. Moonlighting Solutions was established by a physician and former moonlighter, Dan Bensimhon, MD, to help other health systems enjoy the benefits of moonlighters without taking on the additional administrative tasks and ongoing oversight that is required to effectively implement and manage a successful and productive team of qualified physician moonlighters.

If you're ready to get started, contact us and we will handle the rest! You can also Request Coverage online and a consultant will contact you within 24-48 hours to discuss your needs and a potential coverage plan. For immediate assistance, please contact Mike Guenther directly: (908) 783-0678, to discuss your specific staffing needs. Our team will then devise a proposed staffing plan of action to solve your team's unique workforce challenges.