Concerns about the future of healthcare under the Affordable Care Act have lawmakers scrambling, searching for solutions. In response to public outcry and doubts about the efficacy of Obamacare, state representatives are taking action, and they are looking to nurse practitioners as one answer to their problems. Nurse practitioner scope of practice, the ability to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications, is governed by state law. Currently, laws in 18 states allow nurse practitioners to practice independently, without physician oversight. Laws in other states restrict NP’s ability to treat patients. These laws prevent nurse practitioners from opening their own practices or […]
Noncompliant patients cost the healthcare system $300 billion in healthcare utilization and contribute to 125,000 needless deaths. What if there was an inexpensive tool that could improve patient adherence to treatment plans and medication regimens? PatientPartner has created a mobile game for iOS that aims to boost adherence. The game is a designed like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, allowing users to direct a fictional patient through a health story. The users choose from one of the four characters and make health choices for him or her. The user gets to see how their choices affect the character’s health, […]
We have written a lot about the physician shortage and how it is affecting healthcare in the United States. GOOD has put together a nice infographic that shows statistics that really illustrate the factors that are contributing to the problem.
The government is turning its cost-savings efforts towards nursing homes, home health, and other post-acute care providers, according to a recent Kaiser Health News article. The amount of money spent in the post-acute care setting has grown by nearly five percent each year. Last year, Medicare paid $62 billion to rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, long-term care hospitals, and home health businesses, which accounts for one out of every six dollars Medicare spent. Moreover, an Institute of Medicine study found that uneven spending on post-acute care around the country accounts for 73 percent of the variation in Medicare spending. Researchers say many post-acute care […]
Last week, Erin Tolbert, MidlevelU’s founder and certified Family Nurse Practitioner, spoke on our first webinar, “New and Exciting Opportunities for Nurse Practitioners”. During the program, Erin discussed how The Affordable Care Act is turning the healthcare industry upside-down, increasing demand for nurse practitioners, and presenting a variety of new opportunities for NPs to practice. She also covered key healthcare industry trends that make it an exciting time to be an NP, including: – Affordable Care Act – Physician Shortage – Scope of Practice limitations – Emerging NP specialties – Healthcare settings that are hiring NPs If you missed the live call, or if […]