Primary Care Shortages

Nurse Practitioner Workforce Doubles

The nurse practitioner workforce more than doubled over a seven-year span as the healthcare industry ramps up primary care, according to new research.  The number of NPs grew at an unprecedented rate across major professions from around 91,000 in 2010… Read More ›

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Closing California’s Health Provider Gap: Get The Facts About AB 890

January 9, 2020
Los Angeles Times
Editorial: Unleash nurse practitioners to improve Californians’ access to healthcare

One of the fundamental problems with the U.S. healthcare system is that it’s costlier than just about any other country’s, and yet it does not deliver notably better results. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-01-09/nurse-practitioner-limits-ab-890?fbclid=IwAR28sSBBBu-aN0EvK4bvnDcbGx2-Onp7vpWeom6X90QyXwQtSg5_GWwDlbg

Nurse practitioners: A solution to America’s primary care crisis – AEI

“For the past few decades, the United States has not produced enough primary care physicians. Moreover, too few physicians practice in rural and medically underserved areas, and the number of people lacking adequate access to primary care has increased. Meanwhile, studies have piled up pointing to the high quality of care that nurse practitioners (NPs) provide, and increasing numbers of policy-influencing bodies have recommended expanding the use of NPs in primary care. Yet, barriers to the expanded use of NPs persist, and, consequently, tens of millions of Americans lack adequate access to primary care services. This report describes and integrates new evidence from a research program focused on the primary care workforce, NPs’ role in primary care, and the potential for NPs to help solve the problem of Americans’ access to quality primary care.”

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