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VBCR - August 2015, Volume 4, No 4 - Value Propositions

In a listing of the 20 most in-demand healthcare professionals for 2014-2015, primary care physicians remain the most sought after doctors by a wide margin. However, nurse practitioners (NPs) are now number 5 and physician assistants (PAs) are number 10, according to a report from Merritt Hawkins, a leading placement service for physicians and allied health professionals in the United States, as reported in a Forbes online article.

Travis Singleton, senior vice president at Merritt Hawkins, told Forbes that the team-based, population health model keeps primary care physicians as the number 1 recruiting target, but that NPs and PAs are next in importance. “You really can’t build patient access or patient satisfaction without them,” Singleton said.

Yet, 4 years ago, neither NPs nor PAs were on the top 20 list at all. Now they fill important roles in the healthcare industry. Under the Affordable Care Act, the move away from fee-for-service medicine to value-based care will further the demand for NPs and PAs, especially as they work with doctors to provide outpatient care in an environment where patient satisfaction and quality of care are part of the contracts between insurers and healthcare providers. Japsen B. Forbes website. July 15, 2015.

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