As America navigates political change, many experts are preparing for corresponding adjustments within the health-care industry. Although there is much confusion about how a Trump administration will implement an ACA (Affordable Care Act) repeal, it’s safe to say that any new changes will affect employment levels among nurses, doctors, phlebotomists, and medical assistants. Today, we’ll address three surprising things about 2017 Healthcare Staffing Trends that could affect your business as you make plans for the future.

Healthcare Staffing Trends

 

1) Consumers Are Increasingly Turning To The Internet To Meet Their Health Care Needs.

2017 promises to continue the surprising upward trend in consumers seeking health advice online. According to ReferralMD, 54% of patients welcome online collaboration between their doctors and other health professionals. These patients are willing to trade their privacy for actionable solutions to their health challenges. ReferralMD also notes that 41% of patients regularly peruse the Internet in order to make informed decisions about specific doctors or medical facilities. What all these surprising figures mean is that your business will need to develop a presence on social media in order to address patient concerns and questions.

You also want to ensure that nurses and doctors who address patient concerns online are educated about privacy protocols and New Jersey state regulations on online health discourse. Recently, the state moved to regulate the practice of telemedicine, ensuring that many more patients will have access to valid health care solutions. Those who are housebound or disabled will be able to establish strong patient-health care provider relationships within the comfort of their homes. So, keeping abreast of new developments in telemedicine will be crucial to your business in 2017.

2) The Role Medical Costs Play In Impacting Staffing Needs.

According to PwC Health Research Institute, 69% of consumers are primarily concerned about high and rising premiums. In contrast, only 56% of consumers are concerned about provider networks on their health care plan. Since high premiums are a key concern, look for new reforms to the ACA to tackle this pressing consumer issue.

From the business viewpoint, you already know that rising premiums result in a corresponding, increased need for per diem workers. According to The National Bureau of Economic Research, businesses like yours have already experienced a spike in medical costs, and this has affected your hiring focus. Although the Trump administration has pledged to bring premiums down, there is every indication that two of the ACA’s most popular provisions will stay: the requirement that insurance companies accept customers with pre-existing conditions and the requirement that older customers be eligible for all plans. The surprising result of this compromise may mean that health care premiums will stay high for 2017.

3) Look For An Upward Trend In Salary Requirements For Nurses in New Jersey.

Many health care centers and hospitals in New Jersey are already leaning towards hiring more nurses with bachelor’s degrees. Their actions have been precipitated by a new proposal from the Institute of Medicine, which has recommended an increase of baccalaureate-educated nurses in the workforce to 80% by 2020. In response to this demand, New Jersey’s Montclair State University has recently debuted a new school of nursing that offers an “RN to BSN” degree program. This will equip current nurses with the necessary expertise to meet patient needs in an evolving health system.

Based on these developments, it is safe to conclude that salary requirements for nurses will trend upwards. As more current nurses acquire secondary degrees, companies must develop creative solutions for attracting high-caliber healthcare professionals.

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