5. Health insurers hire thousands of nurses to coordinate care
From Sept. 28:
Health insurance companies are hiring record numbers of nurses as the Affordable Care Act boosts the number of patients with medical coverage and plans look for ways to coordinate care of the newly insured. At the nation’s largest health insurance company, UnitedHealth Group, more than 7,000 additional nurses have been added in the last 10 years. Meanwhile, Cigna , Humana and several Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans confirm nurse staffing is at an all-time high as health plans shift more payments away from traditional fee-for-service medicine that is based on volume and to value-based care that is tied to outcomes, performance and quality of care provided to patients.
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