Earlier this morning, Sarah Kliff, writing for The Washington Post's WonkBlog, detailed how the demand of health services is expected to spike over the next decade due to expanded coverage of the Patient Protection & Accountable Care Act (PPACA). In wake of the looming primary care shortage in the United States, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners is starting an educational campaign this week to explain what nurse practitioners (NP) actually do and why patients should trust them with their medical needs. As with many of the other NP scope of practice stories we have covered lately, many state and national medical groups are against expanding NPs ability to practice to the full extent of their training and it will be interesting (to say the least) to see how both the health care sector and public react to this most recent campaign.
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