The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Hiring Caduceus Silver
It is almost a certainty that demand for healthcare professionals will increase dramatically with passage of the Affordable Care Act. Not only will the legislation create jobs, the law may change the career paths of many experienced and aspiring health professionals as the system moves toward universal coverage.
The reform law’s emphasis on primary care will have cascading effects on several clinical occupations. Healthcare employers will leverage their M.D.s with nurse practitioners and physician assistants more and more. Demand for medical assistants will see a boost too.
The demand for healthcare professionals induced by the addition of 32 million Americans to insurance rolls is likely to be the biggest labor-market effect of healthcare reform, but it won’t be the first. In 2011, the legislation increased funding for Community health programs and, provides funding for the National Health Service Corps which provides grants for school-based health centers and funding for nurse-family home visit partnerships. The law also creates a grant program for nurse-managed clinics, which are primary and preventive care facilities run by nurse practitioners in underserved regions.
Finally, the legislation’s healthcare workforce initiatives bolster scholarship and loan repayment programs in fields including primary care, dentistry, pediatrics, nursing and mental health. In the ever-escalating campaign to field the best clinical staff in this era of healthcare reform, every recruitment tactic is on the table.
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