Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners improve transfer process, reduce errors, study finds

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Specially trained nurse practitioners help nursing homes improve the resident transfer process and reduce errors, recently published research shows.

Empower NPs, reduce hospitalizations

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Maximizing the authority of nurse practitioners is associated with reduced hospitalization of skilled nursing facility residents, according to findings recently published in Nursing Outlook.

Combatting UTIs with juice and good labs

Combatting UTIs with juice and good labs

Here's the good news: A juice may reduce the incidences of urinary tract infections in nursing home residents by up to 50%. That has huge implications for a problem that plagues seniors, not to mention clinical staff.

60 seconds with ... Leonard Gelman, M.D., CMD

60 seconds with ... Leonard Gelman, M.D., CMD

Q: What motivated the recent decision to extend AMDA membership to nurse practitioners? A: The last set of stats that I saw, about 25% of visits in nursing homes are done by nurse practitioners. This trend has been increasing over the last four to six years. We understand that in certain parts of the country, physicians might not be readily available. My take is it doesn't really matter who does the work, as long as someone qualified is providing the services.

AMDA to allow NPs, physician assistants as full members

AMDA to allow NPs, physician assistants as full members

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The American Medical Director's Association has a new name and will now allow nurse practitioners and physician's assistants full membership.

Nurse practitioners struggle to be taken seriously: study

Nurse practitioners struggle to be taken seriously: study

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Nurse practitioners are among professionals who are often misunderstood, according to a new management study.

Greater use of NPs boosts primary care

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States with the fewest restrictions on nurse practitioners have two-and-a-half times more patients receiving primary care, per a new analysis.

How to do it ... wound care

Given the importance of treating sores and other open areas on the skin, there are countless possible approaches to managing wound care. No small part of the challenge for providers is making sure treatment steps are cost-effective. Experts tell here how providers can make sure they're spending their time and other assets wisely.

NPs face pay challenges in some states

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While the number of nurse practitioners is expected to nearly double by 2025, many in the field say payer policies hurt their efficiency, even more than state scope-of-practice laws.

Medicare payment reforms need to be based on more than geography, IOM says

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States should allow a broader scope of practice among healthcare providers to improve access to care, rather than have the federal government base Medicare payment adjustments around geographic locations, an Institute of Medicine analysis says.