The Healthcare Economist blog provides an analysis of the INQRI-funded study "Scope-Of-Practice Laws For Nurse Practitioners Limit Cost Savings That Can Be Achieved In Retail Clinics."
The author notes that allowing Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to practice independently reduces health care costs, compared with requiring supervision by a physician. The study found that “when NPs were allowed to practice independently, the cost savings of retail clinic episodes were even greater than when they could not practice independently.”
The study was co-led by Joanne Spetz and Stephen Parente.
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