Rural Providers Brace for Outbreak Surge

| March 18, 2020

Rural communities and health care providers face numerous barriers when it comes to handling the coronavirus outbreak. Read More

CMS Expands Medicare Telehealth Services to Fight COVID-19

Modern Healthcare | March 17, 2020

The Trump administration on Monday announced that it will expand telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries and cut back on HIPAA enforcement, the latest move to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Tennessee Should End Restrictions on Advanced Practicing Nurses | Opinion

Tennessean | March 16, 2020

Tennessee nursing practice restrictions limit access to needed care, curb competition, and impede choice among providers and types of care. Read More

Coordinated Interdisciplinary Pain Care for Home-Bound Veterans

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs | March 13, 2020

VA Geriatric Scholar Dr. Lief Noll–and colleagues from the Cincinnati VA Medical Center–have launched a network of shared practices for VA pain clinics to help rural home-bound Veterans, improving their satisfaction and quality of life. Read More

Ron DeSantis Quickly Signs Scope of Practice Bills into Law

Florida Politics | March 12, 2020

Qualified nurse practitioners will be able to independently operate primary care practices without an attending doctor’s supervision under a bill (HB 607) passed by the Legislature and signed hours later by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Read More

Why NPs are Especially Suited to Address Social Determinants of Health

Florence Health | March 11, 2020

A new report from national nonprofit The Root Cause Coalition finds important gaps when it comes to addressing the economic and social conditions that cause healthcare disparities in the United States — and notes that nurse practitioners in particular are ideally suited to take up the challenge. Read More

Florida OKs Independent Practice for Nurse Practitioners

U.S. News & World Report | March 11, 2020

Qualified nurse practitioners will be able to independently operate primary care practices without an attending doctor under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature. Read More

Texas Nurse Practitioners Meet with State Legislators to Discuss Coronavirus, Nurse Shortage and More

KETK | March 9, 2020

Texas Nurse Practitioners hosted a panel with state legislators on Friday, March 6 at the State Capitol. On the agenda: hot topics in healthcare in the upcoming legislative session. But first, at the forefront of the discussion, was the current preparation level for the coronavirus outbreak. “I think Texas nurse practitioners are about as prepared as you can be for something that’s so unprecedented,” nurse practitioner Jessica Peck said. Read More

Florida House Approves Greater Autonomy for Nurse Practitioners

Florida Phoenix | March 6, 2020

A bill allowing nurse practitioners, sometimes referred to as advanced practice registered nurse, or APRNs, to practice independently of doctors passed on a 94-12 vote in the Florida House on Friday. The legislation (HB 607) has been a major priority for House Speaker Jose Oliva, a Miami-Dade County Republican, who has expressed public support since the bill was filed in November 2019. Read More

Number Of Nurse Practitioners Eclipses 290,000

Forbes | March 3, 2020

The number of licensed nurse practitioners has set another record, surpassing 290,000 in the last year, according to new licensing figures. The latest survey from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners shows the ranks of the NP profession jumped nearly 8% to more than 290,000 as of December 2019 compared to 270,000 NPs in January 2019. Read More

The US has a Primary Care Shortage — Scope of Practice Reform can Help

The Hill | February 21, 2020

This is why some states–faced with enormous and ever-growing health care costs–are experimenting with reforms that allow primary care treatments to be performed by highly-skilled, non-physician health care professionals.  Read More

Illinois Nurse Practitioners Nearly Triple, But Skepticism Remains

Healthcare Weekly | February 16, 2020

Since 2012, the number of nurse practitioners in Illinois has grown almost threefold to more than 12,000 with the number expected to keep growing. Read More

Health care: Nurse practitioners push for greater role

Capitol Weekly | February 13, 2020

As California contends with a shortage of primary care doctors, some legislators are pushing to have nurse practitioners fill in the gaps. Read More

Letter to the Editor: Nurse Practitioners Equipped to Meet Mainers’ Primary Care Needs

Portland Press Herald | February 9, 2020

The needs of many of the citizens of Maine for primary care, especially in rural areas, are met by nurse practitioners as well as physicians. Read More

Nurse practitioner workforce, earnings surged 2010-2017, Census survey finds

Becker's Hospital Review | February 6, 2020

The number and average inflation-adjusted earnings of full-time-equivalent nurse practitioners grew the most in hospital settings from 2010 to 2017, according to a study published in Health Affairs.  Read More

Advanced practice nurses keep pushing for expanded practice

WJHG | February 5, 2020

Florida is in the minority when it comes to states allowing nurses to practice without a doctor's supervision, but they are facing an uphill battle. Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners come to the Capitol by the hundreds each week. Their goal is change the law that requires doctors to supervise them.   Read More

Nurse Practitioner Ranks Soar, Fueling Need For More RNs

Forbes | February 3, 2020

The record number of nurse practitioners has reduced the size of the registered nurse workforce by 80,000, putting pressure on hospitals and policymakers to come up with ways to fill the RN void, according to a new study. Read More

Baker pushes for more emphasis on primary care, mental health

Boston Globe | January 28, 2020

Baker has called for new mandates to increase the amount of money health care providers and insurers spend in two critical areas: primary care and mental health care. Read More

“We do recover.” Nurse practitioner shares success in beating opioid addiction

WATE | January 23, 2020

Inside the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition you will find story after story of addiction and recovery. Perhaps one of the most powerful belongs to Sherry Barnett, a nurse practitioner and the region’s Overdose Prevention Specialist for the state of Tennessee. Barnett’s region-wide fight against the opioid epidemic started with her own fight, her own addiction. Read More

It’s Time to Fix What Ails Us

RealClear Health | January 15, 2020

Today, 270,000 NPs are transforming health care access for millions of patients in over 1 billion visits annually. Yet, despite over 50 years of outstanding patient care delivered by NPs, outdated laws in 28 states prevent NPs from working at the top of their professional preparation. As a result, 80 million Americans nationwide remain “landlocked” in health care deserts where there is inadequate access to primary care. Read More

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