Health Care Reform to Increase Demand for Specialized Medical Staff

President Obama’s re-election all but guarantees that health care reform is here to stay. With millions of new patients gaining access to healthcare insurance, there is likely to be a significant increase in the demand for primary care.  As physicians are becoming more specialized, an alternative to meeting this demand for primary care is through nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs).

Healthcare providers need to consider a number of issues prior to hiring PAs and NPs. Providers first need to anticipate the extent to which hiring a PA or NP will provide competitive advantage to market participants. Nebraska providers also need to understand where they can place PAs and NPs in the continuum of care. Recent changes in Nebraska law broaden the scope of practice for NPs giving providers more opportunities to make use of PAs and NPs. Accordingly, NPs and PAs may be valuable tools in meeting your practice needs.

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