ACA Increases Demand for NPs Specializing in PsychiatrySeptember 3rd, 2014 2 Min read Blog
Insurance companies are now required to cover mental health care and substance abuse treatment, thanks to new provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Effective July 1, plans must include coverage for these disorders, part of 10 “essential” benefits required by the ACA, and cannot set higher deductibles or copays for these visits. Most plans cannot deny you coverage or raise your rates for a preexisting condition. Finally, coverage cannot be more restrictive than coverage for medical and surgical services. As a result of these changes, the demand for nurse practitioners who specialize in psychiatry is greater than ever before. Christina Shea, director of the CompHealth advanced practice team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., notes that she’s seen a 350 percent increase in the number of NP psychiatry jobs in 2014 compared to last year’s numbers. These NPs are instrumental in providing mental health care and substance abuse treatment, and their services are needed throughout the country in both hospitals and out-patient clinics. Ready to take an assignment with CompHealth? Check out the links to states with the highest number of NP psychiatry jobs below!