The Doctor Is Out, But the Advanced Practice Provider Can See You Now

July 17, 2014 7:02 PM

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The Doctor Is Out, But the Advanced Practice Provider Can See You Now

People trust nurses: they were again voted the most honest and ethical profession. Yet, buoyed by typecasting, there are challenges to expanding their roles as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. Nurses' image as handmaidens to physicians persists, despite the Institute of Medicine's recommendations that they should "practice to the full extent of their education and training." That span can be especially broad for nurse practitioners.

They and physician assistants are rising in numbers and ranks to augment patient care, especially in underserved communities. A study published last year illustrated that increased use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants could significantly lessen the projected primary care physician sho...

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