BusinessNewsPublic Health

Study: Increasing Scope of NP Practice Does Not Undercut Physician Reimbursement

1 Mins read

One of the arguments physician opponents of the increasingly widening “scope of practice” some states grant nurse practitioners has been the perceived loss of potential reimbursements in a given market when both factions practice simultaneously. The given region is usually primary care-depressed in terms of actually physician numbers, and practice encroachment has long been a bone of contention in some circles.

One of the arguments physician opponents of the increasingly widening “scope of practice” some states grant nurse practitioners has been the perceived loss of potential reimbursements in a given market when both factions practice simultaneously. The given region is usually primary care-depressed in terms of actually physician numbers, and practice encroachment has long been a bone of contention in some circles.

Researchers are a bit closer to answering that issue, as a policy paper has not found evidence for any drop in phsyician payments for services rendered in areas in which advanced-practice nurses possess a greater degree of practice freedom.

“As we plan for the expansion of health care coverage to over thirty million people in 2014, the shortage of primary care providers will be one of the major challenges. As a result, it is important to systematically assess whether there are negative consequences for primary care doctors associated with an expanded role for nurse practitioners. Our study is a first step in that assessment. We found no evidence of negative economic impact on family physicians and internists in States that have already implemented reforms,” said lead researcher Patricia Pittman, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Health Policy in the GW School of Public Health and Health Services and the School of Nursing.

Framed against the backdrop of a sustained primary care shortage once the reform law kicks in, this argument bodes well for NPs who have benefited from states that have loosened practice barriers; but, the greater issue is whether this is reflective of another perception — at least among medical school grads: does it still “pay” to go into primary care?

 

 

Related posts
News

FFP3 Masks: Are They Re-usable & Where Can You Buy Them?

2 Mins read
Droplets and particulate matter, which are practically undetectable in our inhaled air, are two of the foremost dangerous healthcare problems in the…
Business

4 Things You Need To Know Before Launching A Health Restaurant

4 Mins read
Health restaurants are rapidly gaining popularity across the globe, with customers becoming more and more body-conscious. With global obesity reaching a record…
FitnessHealth careNewsWellness

Taking Care of Your Body is Absolutely Essential to Stay Healthy

4 Mins read
Your body is a temple, or so the saying goes. It might sound a little cliche, but your body really is fantastic…