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4 Market Solutions to the Physician Shortage Crisis

November 19, 2013
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We’ve all read stories and studies about the looming physician-shortage crisis and how it’s going to strike in full between 2020 and 2025. But it would be a mistake to assume that enterprising entrepreneurs are sitting on the sidelines alongside hospitals and health systems just waiting for this to happen, writes Andis Robeznieks at Modern […]

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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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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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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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