If you work in the healthcare industry, congratulations! Due to aging Baby Boomers and the Affordable Care Act, you’ll enjoy plentiful employment in 2014 and beyond. Also, certain healthcare industry trends are shaping the types of healthcare currently needed by American patients, and the job functions required of healthcare workers.
Healthcare employment: overall job outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts booming business for the healthcare industry from 2012–2022. In fact, it estimates that healthcare and social assistance jobs will increase by roughly 2.6 percent per year, to ultimately account for one-third of 15.6 million United States jobs by 2022. That’s good news for healthcare workers in fields heavily utilized by our soon-to-be-elderly Baby Boomers, such as nurses, therapists, home health aides and other care-related medical professionals.
Moving forward: what to expect
The Affordable Care Act, the push for “whole person” healthcare, and the implementation of electronic medical records will also have a huge impact on the types of healthcare positions that will be available, as well as the roles healthcare professionals will be expected to play in the industry. Consider the following:
- Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). ACOs, which are being established as part of the Affordable Care Act, focus on the coordination of care between all members of a patient’s healthcare team, including doctors, nurses, hospitals and other healthcare providers. The goal is better communication that allows for improved efficiency, fewer unnecessary or duplicate tests or treatments, and better care outcomes. Allied healthcare professionals such as nurses and therapists will be called on to take part in the “whole person” care of patients, especially those with one or several chronic health conditions.
- New partnerships. As part of the whole health movement, healthcare facilities and hospitals are attempting to form partnerships with other businesses that affect the health of patients. Agreements with grocery stores, pharmacies or gyms can help facilities impact patient health after they leave the doctor’s office. This may create new jobs or different job roles for pharmacists, dietitians, personal trainers or other healthcare professionals.
- Home care. The push by the Affordable Care Act for more accessible healthcare has created a need for care in the home of patients, especially the elderly. In 2014 and beyond, expect an increase in jobs for home health aides or homecare nurses.
- Electronic health records. To improve efficiency and communication, all medical records are required to be electronic beginning October 1, 2015, to comply with ICD-10. Allied healthcare professionals can make themselves more marketable by getting ahead of the curve and learning more about ICD-10 coding.
The more you know…
Stay up to date with the healthcare industry through trade journals, industry websites, continuing education and networking events. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to tailor your skills and experience to take advantage of upcoming job developments and opportunities.
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