State Scope of Practice Policies and the Quality of Nurse Practitioner Care in Community Health Centers by Ellen T. Kurtzman, Ph.D, M.P.H, RN, FAAN
As the demand for high quality care grows—especially among uninsured, minority, and vulnerable populations served by community health centers—the U.S. is experiencing a shortage of primary care physicians. Various policy solutions have been proposed, including the increased use of nurse practitioners (NPs); however, state scope of practice policies often restrict NPs from practicing at the top of their licenses and few studies offer guidance to policymakers regarding the effects of easing NP restrictions on health care quality, access, or costs.
Dr. Kurtzman will present findings from her recent study, which examined some of the important theoretical and empirical assumptions that underlie the justification for NP restrictions. Using six years of community health center data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) (2006-2011) and a quasi-experimental design that included propensity score matching, she estimated the impact of state NP independence on nine different patient-level outcomes—three quality indicators, four service utilization measures, and two referral pattern measures.
Continuing Education: State Scope of Practice Policies and the Quality of Nurse Practitioner Care in Community Health Centers. 1 contact hours.
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