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As many as 13 million more Americans will receive health insurance next year.

This change —along with other shifts in the health care landscape — has resulted in a sharpened focus on health care staffing and an increased need for qualified talent.

The rapid changes are likely to lead to staffing shortages and a heightened focus on worker retention, as well as restructuring and business conduct changes.

Merrit Hawkins & Associates, a Texas-based Health Care Recruiting Firm, predicts that there will be a “robust increase” in the need for providers, physicians, and nurses over the next few years. This has to do largely with nurse-to-patient ratio and an emphasis on quality of care.

The competition for health care executive leadership is also strong, reports executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. The firm attributes this to a generation of senior health care executives looking to retire.

Elsewhere in the job sphere, effects from the Affordable Care Act are a mixed bag. Some organizations, such as Walt Disney World, are extending worker hours to allow for health care qualification. Others such as Papa John’s Pizza and Delta Airlines are slashing hours to cut costs.

According to an analysis by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, organizations that choose to cut back hours because of the Affordable Care Act remain in the minority.

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