Outpatient Clinic Employment Surges in Iowa
a Des Moines Register report.
In the last year, Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines saw Medicaid payments reduced by $17.5 million, bringing the total payment cuts to $26.5 million over the last four years.
Those cuts are rerouting more hospital procedures to the outpatient and clinic level, where employment is growing.
Among Iowa colleges, demand for nursing and physician assistant programs is high. Mercy College recently saw a spike in applicants for its specialized diagnostic medical sonography curriculum, and Des Moines University has seen the largest increase in its physician's assistant program, followed by its physical therapy program.
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