Thursday, February 23, 2012

Op-Ed: Healthcare Reform's Missing Link - Nurse Practitioners

Yesterday, local Indiana news source,, featured an Op-Ed by Dr. Patricia Dennehy that discussed how advanced practice registered nurses can make important contributions to health care reform. Dr. Dennehy, who is the director of GLIDE Health Services in San Francisco and a professor at the UCSF's School of Nursing, argues that APRNs can help fill the primary care practitioner shortage while providing the same level of care that patients' receive from a physician. Dr. Dennehy also calls for reimbursement reform so that nurses will no longer need to bill their services under the supervision of a physician. Many of the issues raised in this Op-Ed were also featured in the IOM's Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report, which is also cited at the end of the article.

Click here to read the full op-ed.

Click here to read other blogposts relating to the IOM's report.

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