Paging Nurse Practitioners As Demand Soars Under ObamaCare
"There is unprecedented demand for nurse practitioners and physician assistants as demand grows for more primary care medical providers and care coordinators to treat millions of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act.
A new study by physician staffing firm MerrittHawkins indicates the number of search assignments the company did for physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) jumped by 320 percent over the last two years. Only until recently, MerrittHawkins, a subsidiary of AMN Healthcare (AMN), and its affiliated companies, were focused largely on finding doctors for their clients. But that is rapidly changing, the study indicates."