“Because a lot of the participants in the ACO are smaller individual physician offices, physical therapy treatment centers, or other ancillary providers, few of them have Care Coordinators, nor do they have the resources, need, or desire to have a full-time person sitting in their office,” Yadon said. “We allow them to share a Care Coordinator without having to commit to a full-time employee.”
That is especially important due to the financial uncertainty surrounding these new entities, Yadon said.
“It takes a long time for an ACO to be successful and make money,” Yadon said. “That is another reason providers may not want to commit to full-time staff.”
The MMS group is also noticing increased demand for medical coder contractors as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urges providers to upgrade from the current ICD-9 protocol to the newly established ICD-10 code set to classify diseases and conditions. Providers are required to use the new protocol by October 1, 2014.
“The availability of coders who understand this and who are certified and experienced is small,” Yadon said. “As the deadline gets closer and closer, there is going to be a mad scramble to get people in projects to do this. A lot of them prefer to work at home and are looking for a non-traditional work environment.”
In addition, the MMS Group is exploring the growing market for contract-based nurse practioners to do in-home health assessments. The firm has been placing full-time direct hires in these positions for awhile but has recently been approached to place contractors in these roles.
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