In a new Health Affairs article, Yong-Fang Kuo and colleagues present recent findings which demonstrate that states with the least restrictive regulations on nurse practitioner (NP) practice experienced the largest increase in the number of patients seen by NPs. Further, the team found that between 1998 and 2010, the number of Medicare patients receiving NP-delivered care increased fifteenfold. The authors suggest that relaxing restrictions on NP practice could increase the use of NPs as primary care providers, which could then reduce the shortage of primary care providers we are currently seeing across the country.
For more information, please read the article on the Health Affairs website.
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