A new report by the National Institute for Health Care Reform digs into a topic of increasingly heated debate in health care — the role of nurse practitioners in addressing an anticipated shortage of primary care physicians.
From a recent article in the Baltimore Business Journal: the institute’s report said that state laws themselves do not restrict what services nurse practitioners can provide but the laws can indirectly affect nurse practitioners’ ability to practice. Considering the big demand for primary care services analysts are predicting, states might want to adjust their regulations to more explicitly define nurse practitioners as primary care providers, the report concluded.
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