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Which Medical Specialty Continues to Grow?

December 19, 2013
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In the past year, the idea of physician extenders being given more autonomy and responsibility within healthcare systems has gained great momentum, and they have become integral to the future of the American healthcare delivery system. We’ve noted before that extenders are expected to help ease the burden of the physician-shortage crisis and to relieve […]

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Question: Are Physician Extenders Filling in the Physician Shortage Gaps?

October 18, 2013
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Many healthcare organizations are well-versed in the ongoing conflict between physician extenders and physicians over expanded authority for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Physician extenders claim that allowing them more independence in caring for patients will help meet the challenges posed by the worsening physician-shortage crisis. According to Maggie Fox of NBC News, this is […]

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Which of Your Hospital’s Employees is Most Satisfied with Their Jobs?

October 3, 2013
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Take this survey for what it is: a small sampling of attendees at their association’s annual meeting. However, going by this small sampling, the employees most satisfied with their jobs at your organization may surprise you. The survey in question was conducted by temporary physician and NP staffing firm Staff Care, an affiliate with recruitment […]

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Update: Physician Extenders Lobby to be Credentialed within Insurer Networks

September 17, 2013
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As we covered previously on this site, nurse practitioners recently lost a significant legislative fight in California over the expansion of their authority and responsibilities as medical professionals. But this defeat, not to mention the beleaguered battles being fought elsewhere in the country, has only motivated NPs to refocus their efforts. Now, Julie Appleby for […]

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California Nurse Practitioners Experience Major Legislative Setback

September 6, 2013
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The precarious legal situation in the ongoing battle to expand the powers of nurse practitioners in California has reached a point of immovability, reports Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times. Democrat Sen. Ed Hernandez’s bill, which was designed to give NPs the power “to practice without the direct supervision of a physician,” didn’t make […]

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Could NP-Run Retail Health Clinics Produce Cost Savings?

March 28, 2013
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Two recent developments in the healthcare industry could combine to produce cost savings for consumers seeking more affordable care. These factors are: looser standards for physician extenders, specifically nurse practitioners, and the proliferation of retail health clinics. A recent study found that retail health clinics save money if nurse practitioners are allowed to run them […]

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Rural Healthcare’s Noble Fight to Survive (Part 2)

February 14, 2013

Yesterday, we examined the plight of rural healthcare in Georgia and how it is reflective of the nation as a whole. Today, we’re going to look at what the federal government plans to do to aid rural areas. John Commins at HealthLeaders Media details the pledges that were made at a teleconference earlier this month […]

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Confronting Patient Readmission Rates Creatively and Sensibly

November 29, 2012

Kaiser Health News (in collaboration with The New York Times) reports on the many creative and sensible ways in which hospitals are working to prevent patient readmissions, especially with Medicare giving increased scrutiny and heftier financial penalties to organizations with high readmission rates. As Jordan Rau reports, “…hospitals are dispatching nurses, transportation, culturally specific diet […]

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