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 Yet, despite over 50 years of outstanding patient care delivered by NPs, outdated laws in 28 states prevent NPs from working at the top of their professional preparation.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

To the editor: Bill would empower nurses, boost Ohio's health

The Toledo Blade | January 12, 2020

Access barriers to health care are complex. Nearly 1.5 million Ohioans lack access to primary care. Passage of Ohio House Bill 177 would improve access to care by eliminating Ohio’s mandated physician standard-care agreement, a formal requirement to collaborate with physicians. Read More

AANP, 86 nurse practitioner groups support Trump's executive order on Medicare

Becker's Hospital Review | January 7, 2020

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners and 86 other nurse practitioner organizations expressed support for President Trump's recent executive order on Medicare in a Dec. 20 letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, announced in a Jan. 6 news release. Read More

Here’s an easy way to increase access to high-quality, affordable health care

The Washington Post | January 2, 2020

Americans have witnessed fierce debates on health-care policy focused on various proposals, including Medicare-for-all. Whatever your take on such proposals, it’s important to remember that there are other ways to expand access to affordable health care. One promising idea — which wouldn’t cost taxpayers a dime and may actually save money — is to expand the role of highly trained nurse practitioners in providing primary care. Read More

2020: The year of the nurse lifts off

American Nurse | January 1, 2020

When the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 2020 would be designated The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, enthusiasm rippled throughout the global nursing community. Coinciding with the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, this year holds deep meaning for nurses and nursing leaders who appreciate having our work take center stage under the auspices of such an influential organization. Read More

Plan to give nurse practitioners greater role in patient care fuels debate

The Boston Globe | December 27, 2019

Massachusetts makes it difficult for her to do so. So she opened an office across the state line, in Brattleboro, Vt., where nurse practitioners are allowed to treat patients on their own. In Massachusetts, nurse practitioners can have regular patients, but they must work under the supervision of physicians. “It becomes a bureaucratic hurdle,” Ronconi said. “It’s a barrier.” Read More

Why Our Healthcare Conversation Must Consider How We Care For Nurses

Forbes | December 20, 2019

Nearly a decade ago, the Affordable Care Act focused the country’s attention squarely on health. From who has access to how we will pay for it to what tech’s role is in the evolution, questions about how to tackle our nation’s healthcare quandary are being discussed around dinner tables, in boardrooms and on the political stage. As these conversations continue, we must also consider healthcare professionals, without whom there would be no care. Read More

Salaries increase for both physicians and advanced practitioners. Check out the average earnings

FierceHealthcare | December 19, 2019

Salaries increased last year for both physicians and advanced practitioners, according to a new report. The average salary for a physician rose to $363,924 and for advanced practitioners, which includes nurse practitioners and physician assistants, to $122,973, according to a survey report released by   Read More

Commentary: Stop blocking health care options in rural communities

Culpeper Start-Exponent | December 14, 2019

For many Americans, health care is difficult to obtain. This has little to do with whether or not they have insurance. Rather, it concerns the distribution of medical resources, the patterns of patients’ lives, and the obstacles we throw in the way of innovation. We can do better. Read More

Lane County nurse practitioners ‘thrive on challenges’

The Register-Guard | December 13, 2019

Despite the increasing demand for their services, nurse practitioners often have to describe to patients what they do. “There’s not always a good understanding of the breadth of knowledge that we have and what kinds of things we can manage on the part of patients,” Lynee Mumaw, a PeaceHealth nurse practitioner, said. “Some people think that we have to work under the supervision of a physician. And in Oregon, we don’t.” Read More

Letter to the editor: We need nurse practitioners

TRIBLive | December 12, 2019

I’ve been the patient of a talented and caring nurse practitioner for 30 years. I am writing to respond to the recent back and forth between nurse practitioners and doctors regarding full practice authority for nurse practitioners. Read More

Role of Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistant to Expand Under Medicare

The Heartland Institute | December 11, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services has up to one year to implement new regulations, but because of the anticipated impact, American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ CEO David Hebert expects changes much sooner than that. Read More

Real Ways To Implement Solutions For Healthcare Disparities

Forbes | December 6, 2019

Should your health insurance company build a movie theater? Should your physician buy you a refrigerator? Kevin E. Lofton, CEO of CommonSpirit Health, shared that’s exactly what CommonSpirit Health did in a community in Minnesota and Colorado.  Read More

The Last Nurse in Memphis, Texas

Texas Observer | December 2, 2019

Carole Ward, a former nurse practitioner, ran the only health clinic in a small town in the Panhandle until she retired in 2017. Read More

Executive order is timely recognition of nurse practitioners

Richmond Times-Dispatch | November 18, 2019

President Donald Trump recently issued an executive order designed to protect and improve Medicare for our nation’s seniors. Part of this order calls for removal of outdated barriers to practice so that all health care providers can practice to the full extent of their education, training and certification. Read More

Nurse Practitioners are key to primary care access | Opinion

Commercial Appeal | November 15, 2019

During National Nurse Practitioner Week, it seems appropriate to recognize the increasingly important role of the nurse practitioner in a changing and challenging health care environment. Read More

Wanted: Nurses in rural places

Albuquerque Journal | November 4, 2019

The two health care organizations collaborated to land a $3.2 million grant from the national Health Resources and Services Administration to be used to develop a residency program for nurse practitioners in 10 New Mexico cities and towns. Read More

Nurse practitioner students to help curb health provider shortage

Journal Review | November 1, 2019

Through a new federally-funded initiative, Purdue will train a group of nurse practitioner students to ask patients about non-complex mental health issues at three area clinics, including Riggs Community Health Center, North Central Nursing Clinics and Valley Oaks Health. Read More

$2.8M grant expands addiction care, adds more nurse practitioners to rural Alabama

UAB News | October 22, 2019

Research shows that individuals with substance use disorders frequently seek care in primary care settings. Through a four-year, $2.8 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing is advancing nurse practitioner education in primary care. Read More

Baker Bill Demands More Money For Primary Care And Behavioral Health

WBUR | October 18, 2019

Gov. Charlie Baker is igniting another round of health care debates in Massachusetts with a bill that would require all providers and insurers to boost spending in primary care and behavioral health, penalize excessive drug price increases and limit surprise emergency billing. Read More

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