New research that seeks to understand how hospital policies dictate what nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) are allowed to do reveals that there is enormous variations across hospitals, and that, contrary to what might be expected, this variation is not associated with state scope of practice laws for either profession.
Data About Contraceptive Needs in the U.S. After the Affordable Care Act
In February 2016, the American Journal of Public Health published an article about contraceptive needs and costs in the United States after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act coauthored by George Washington University’s Leighton Ku and Erika Steinmetz.
Implications of Rising Numbers of Nurse Practitioners
A new blog in Health Affairs analyzes recent data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) on the pipeline of new nurse practitioners (NPs) and registered nurses (RNs). It presents the implications for the health care system, nursing and physician education, and federal and state policies.
How Policy Gaps Fail People Who Inject Drugs and Contract Endocarditis
Recent media reports suggest that healthcare providers around the country are grappling with how to respond to rising rates of endocarditis, a life-threatening infection caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle in the heart, linked to people who inject drugs. Reports in the New York Times and NPR describe the dilemma faced by physicians called on to perform repeat costly heart surgeries on patients who were re-infected with endocarditis as a result of ongoing illicit drug use.