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Tuesday, December 16, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stan Whittaker
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Impact of Nurse Practitioners on Health Outcomes of Medicare and Medicaid Patients

Oliver GM, Pennington L, Revelle S, Rantz M

Nurs Outlook. 2014 Aug 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Nurse Practitioner Level of Practice

There is a need to address the high costs and often poor quality of healthcare in the United States. Many studies show that nurse practitioners (NPs) provide safe and high-quality care when compared with other healthcare providers. Yet there are different levels of NP practice in this country as a result of the differences in state licensing laws. Some states have restrictive practices, whereas others allow full scope or independent practice for NPs.

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