Thursday, January 20, 2011

Nurse practitioners' role expanding in Pennsylvania

As 2011 begins to kick into full gear, we have seen local, state and national organizations embracing some of the recommendations made by the Initiative on the Future of Nursing committee's report: "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

On Wednesday, Bill Toland of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Highmark Inc, a health insurer, will recognize nurse practitioners as primary care providers; a designation that previously applied only to physicians. Highmark Inc. wants to better utilize nurse practitioners, a move the Pittsburgh insurer hopes will offset the shortage of doctors and lead to more health access for patients.

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