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Nurse Practitioners Are In -- and Why You May Be Seeing More of Them - Knowledge@Wharton

Nurse Practitioners Are In -- and Why You May Be Seeing More of Them - Knowledge@Wharton | Nurse Practitioner Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Despite continuing protests from some physician groups, the role of nurse practitioners in U.S. health care is expanding and will likely change both the costs and type of care experienced by millions of Americans. Insurers, health care centers and private companies are taking notice.
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, February 17, 2014 10:29 AM
A number of physician groups including the American Medical Association (ASA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians are completely against letting nurse practitioners take on more of a role. They 'support direct supervision of NPs by physicians.' Physicians do not believe that NPs are capable of taking on the same responsibilities, but most think that they are just opposed to the idea because they are too afraid that their income may be lowered because NP could take their patients away from them.
Juliana Giacomin's comment, February 18, 2014 10:08 AM
The responsibilities of a nurse practitioners depends on what state you live in. For example, if you are an NP in Washington D.C., you are able to treat you own patient along with diagnosing and prescribing medication. Although, a lot of states limit the role of NPs and require them to be under the supervision of a physician. The role that NPs play in the medical field all depends on the state legislature. Many states may be allowing NPs to take on more responsibilities because they know that more people are going to be able to afford health care with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Although most physicians are opposed to the growing role of NPs, they know that it may be necessary in order to fill the void.
Juliana Giacomin's comment, February 18, 2014 10:14 AM
Physicians believe that NPs are not as qualified and would not be able to treat the patience as well as physicians would. A lot of physicians are mainly just opposed to the thought of NPs being able to treat chronic diseases such as diabetes because the diagnoses and treatments are too complicated. There are groups of physicians that support the growing role of NPs, such as the American College of Physicians. They believe that sometimes the patients respond better to the NPs and the NPs are better at teaching patients how to care for themselves. They also believe that the requirements for both job positions and the care that both provide are comparable and 'in some cases, better in terms of patient satisfaction'.
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The ACA's Impact on Healthcare Jobs on ADVANCE for NPs & PAs

The ACA's Impact on Healthcare Jobs on ADVANCE for NPs & PAs | Nurse Practitioner Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Accountable Care Act aims to expand opportunities for the healthcare workforce
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, February 13, 2014 10:27 AM
Because of the Affordable Care Act, it is estimated that up to 30 million more Americans will be able to afford health care. Because of this high increase in numbers, medical practices need to expand their workforce and fill positions so that quality care is provided for the patients that need it. The reform law is predicted to provide nurse practitioners with roles that they would not usually take on. The use of nurse practitioners as primary health care providers is also beneficial because it keeps the costs down. NPs can be seen as less-expensive, effective providers because their wages are obviously not as high as a doctor's.
Juliana Giacomin's comment, February 13, 2014 10:32 AM
The main goal of the Affordable Health Care Act is to provide people with effective and quality health care from trained and experienced care providers. Nurse-led community health centers is an efficient way of reaching this goal. In addition, sometimes the work that is done by nurse practitioners is not appreciated because their status is not as high as a doctor's. If they take on more responsibilities, their status will be more valued and they wont be so under appreciated.
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Doctor Shortage Could Ease As Obamacare Boosts Nurses, Physician Assistants

Doctor Shortage Could Ease As Obamacare Boosts Nurses, Physician Assistants | Nurse Practitioner Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
New new research by RAND Corp. indicates new primary care models pushed by the Affordable Care Act that use nurse practitioners and physician assistants could help eliminate the physician shortage. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Though a physician shortage appears inevitable as more Americans get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, new [...]
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, February 13, 2014 10:09 AM
As more Americans are being able to afford health care, it seems as though there is going to be a shortage of physicians. In order to solve this problem, physician's assistants and nurse practitioners are stepping up and filling the void of doctors. Nurse practitioners may be expected to provide the medical care to patients that wouldn't receive it due to the shortage of doctors.
Juliana Giacomin's comment, February 13, 2014 10:16 AM
In order for nurse practitioners to be able to take on more responsibilities, states are going to have to stretch the scope of practice laws. These laws allow people in medical positions, such as nurse practitioners, to able to possess more skills. Although, some doctors and physicians are against nurse practitioners taking on more responsibilities. In order for this goal to become realistic, a lot of changes in policy must take place, along with doctors agreeing to accept the fact that NPs and PAs will be taking on more responsibilities.
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Impact of Obamacare: Job Implications of the Healthcare Reform Bill

Impact of Obamacare: Job Implications of the Healthcare Reform Bill | Nurse Practitioner Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
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Juliana Giacomin's comment, February 17, 2014 10:09 AM
The Affordable Care Act is going to impact health care in many ways. The act is going to provide more people with less expensive quality healthcare along with 'added consumer protection and increased access.' The act will provide people with more jobs in the medical fields. It is estimated that up to 400,000 job openings will become available over the next ten years. There are a lot of promising career choices in the medical field because of the passing of this act.
Juliana Giacomin's comment, February 17, 2014 10:14 AM
Because a nurse practitioner's licensure allows them to provide and fulfill multiple medical tasks, they are extremely qualified. They are expected to be one of the main solutions to the shortage of positions such as doctors in the medical field. Due to the nurses filling in for doctors, there will be a void within the field. It is estimated that there will be 1.2 million job openings for practical and registered nurses that must be filled by 2020.