According to US News & World Report, job postings for patient navigators have tripled between 2010 and 2013. In response to this growing demand, schools and professional groups have proposed the creation of new certification and training programs. Per Elizabeth Gardner, author of the article:
The call for this sort of help is growing louder as insurers shift away from paying a fee for each test, office visit and hospital stay to a “value” system in which hospitals and doctors lose money if patients don’t get and stay stable or well.
She further adds:
Training programs for navigators are set to spread. The League for Innovation in the Community College, an alliance of more than 800 community colleges, has developed prototype associate degree and certificate programs in health navigation in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.