Monster.com spotlights Dr. Eric Rackow's expert predictions on 2011 healthcare hiring trends
Monster.com - January 24, 2011
- "As healthcare shifts from hospital to home, and as reimbursement moves from episodic fee-for-service to capitated reimbursement, we'll see increasing need for at-home professionals," says Eric Rackow, M.D., CEO of SeniorBridge, a national home-care provider based in New York. "We're contracting with health plans and physician provider groups to keep patients at home."
"The private-pay market for home healthcare was dampened by the recession in 2009 and 2010," says Dr. Rackow. "But I think the pace of hiring will be higher in 2011." This year SeniorBridge plans to hire RNs, social workers and home health aides, as well as nurse practitioners, nutritional counselors and others.
As legal and legislative challenges to the historic healthcare reform package play out, most observers believe the main drivers of new hiring will remain in place. Still, if certain key provisions of the PPACA are struck down by the courts or derailed by Congress, much in the healthcare industry could be up for grabs. "The loss of the individual mandate would be a big problem for the health insurance industry," says Dr. Rackow.
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