More than 1 out of 5 physician practices employ care coordinators, according to the 2013 Staff Salary Survey by Physicians Practice magazine.
Care coordinator tasks can range from nutrition counseling to helping people navigate the health care system. This is the first time the survey included care coordinators, a position often staffed by registered nurses, social workers, nutritionists and other professionals.
The survey also found decreases of up to one-third in employment of medical billers, billing managers and medical records clerks as physician practices automate their billing with outside service providers and move to electronic health records.
“As practices modernize, jobs of the past are disappearing,” Bob Keaveney, editorial director of Physicians Practice, said in a statement.