The change in hospital staffing trends in United States

The importance of primary care in the health care sector in the United States has gained prominence due to the rise in the aging population, physician workforce shortage and health care reforms.  The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obama Care encourages the value based payment by providing insurance coverage to more than thirty million newly insured patients. The payment is shifting from fee-for-service to one that is putting the hospitals at risk for patient care both inside and outside the hospital premises. In addition to more primary care providers, hospitals as of now are aggressively hiring emergency physicians, care coordinators, clinical pharmacists, health IT and data experts and other patient care advocates.

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Health care staffing challenges in the wake of Affordable Care Act

The health care industry as such for the last several decades has been an engine of job growth for the U.S. economy with a latest report from Joint Center for Political and Economic studies opining that about 4.6 million new health care jobs would be created in the next ten years. Health Industry experts predict that there would be an incessant demand for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and Registered Nurses or RNs’ with  advanced practical skills. The demand for these professionals is due to fact that they perform majority of the work done by physicians at a lower cost.

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Hiring demand for registered nurses in United States

Direct staffing services in the health care sector comprises of providing health care personnel for public and private hospitals and clinics. Typical positions in this sector include doctors, nurses, administrators, technicians and assistants. As per the industry sources, top seventeen US health care staffing agencies had generated revenues worth $4.1 billion in 2011. There are also related or combined staffing services provided by these staffing agencies or companies that include pre-employment screening, performing background checks and interviewing the candidates. The staffing firms covered under this industry just act as intermediaries and the hired individuals are not the employees of these staffing firms.

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