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The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care

Posted almost 5 years ago by Richard Brown

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Please see the report from the National Governors Asscociation titled, "The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care" which is attached and the press release from AANP below.

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS PRAISES REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION ON MEETING INCREASING DEMAND FOR PRIMARY CARE

Austin, TX, December 21, 2012

– Angela Golden, President of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), today issued the following statement praising the report, "The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care," released by the National Governors Association.

"The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) commends the National Governors Association (NGA) for conducting an in-depth, thoughtful review of the literature and state laws governing nurse practitioners’ scope of practice. The NGA’s conclusions are consistent with long-held, key positions supported by AANP: nurse practitioners offer the same quality of care as physicians and other health care providers; satisfaction rates among nurse practitioner patients are equal to or greater than those reported by physician patients; and nurse practitioners improve access to health care.

"As state legislative sessions convene in 2013, governors and legislators will be seeking solutions to the primary care provider shortage and to address the demand for health care services that will increase with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). We urge states to follow the recommendations of the NGA – as well as similar recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Macey Foundation and others – by taking concrete steps to modernize state practice laws for nurse practitioners while also assuring adequate reimbursement for their services.

"Nurse practitioners (NPs) are highly educated to provide primary care as well as other expert health care services. With practices all throughout the country, they serve as an important health care provider option for patients. In 2012, there were over 764 million visits to nurse practitioners. Currently, more than 155,000 nurse practitioners practice in the United States and nearly 90 percent are prepared in primary care."

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

(AANP) is the oldest and largest national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties. Created in 1985, it represents the interests of approximately 155,000 NPs across the country, providing a unified networking platform, and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers.

On January 1, 2013, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners will become the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a change that reflects its recent consolidation with a prominent peer organization, the American College of Nurse Practitioners.