Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants..americas Healthcare Heroes-doat

Business How many of the healthcare recruting .panies that recruit for Nurse Practitioner Jobs and Physician Assistant jobs actually realize the importance that these practitioners have in our healthcare cost reduction? Do our citizens know of their value or the effect that they can have on all of our lives? As long as Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants stay within their scope of practice, everyone could see them in lieu of a Physician. Their scope of practice and supervising physician rules vary from state-to-state, but for the sake of healthcare here in the U.S., they need to be nationalized and expanded to an extent to ac.modate having a primary care practice. Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners have different training. Go and search Wikipedia. You will find that both of these professions require a good deal of education with clinicals and rotations. A lot of Physician Assistants have worked in other healthcare positions such as an EMT or Paramedic. Nurse Practitioners have a background in nursing before getting their masters or doctorate in Nursing. (There are a few exceptions, but that’s another artcle in itself). Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants primary care practices should be the first step in our healthcare process. If our illness is beyond their scope of practice, they will refer to a specialist. So, how does this help us, the people of the United States? These NPs/PAs will be cheaper per visit than a first-step doctor (family practice or primary care) for the same care. Nowadays, the majority of med students are opting for specialties (I suspect a lot of them are doing this for purely economic motives). Very few are dreaming of being good ole family docs who because of the money they earn rate the lowest on the M.D. totem pole. Who are we to see as a first stop before possibly having to see a specialist? We certainly don’t want to go to the specialist first. If we don’t have a clue as to what’s wrong with us, what specialist should we choose? And (OMG!) the price of specialists! So to whom do we turn? The advanced practice professionals – Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, that’s who. The national salary range for the majority of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants is $80,000-$120,000. There are some who get paid higher and some lower, but most fall within that range. .pare that to a primary care doctor who’s making more than $200,000 a year. So what if we raised Nurse Practitioners’ and Physician Assistants’ salary up by $15,000 on all ranges for their future expanded scope of practice in primary care? That brings us to a range of $95,000-$135,000 with all outside of the range going up $15,000 also. Again, .pare the Nurse Practitioner salary and Physician Assistant salary with the salary of a primary care physician who makes $200,000+ a year performing the same medical procedures for which these Advanced Practitioners are fully trained and capable of doing. Take economics out of the equation. Look at the .passionate goodwill these practitioners bring to the mix. Nurse Practitioners practice with a .passion that most patients have never received from a doctor. Their background in nursing, an extremely .pasionate profession, translates beautifully to a primary care Nurse Practitioner. A wonderful recipe mix of knowledge and caring! Most of us have been seen by either a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician Assistant, though many of us didn’t even know it. The Television program, Royal Pains, shows a Physician Assistant, Divya, who is so capable that she takes over quite a bit for Hank, the physician. She also states very clearly that because of her training, she can only go so far. This show portrays the very well trained Physician Assistant in a true manner. It also gives the public some idea of what a Physician Assistant is. Ask the average patient what a Physician Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner does or is. Want to bet that the majority doesn’t have the foggiest? So, concerned citizens of America, use your voting power, and help our "heroes of healthcare" (Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants) obtain what they need to help our healthcare system. They aren’t the absolute solution to our healthcare problem, but utilizing them as primary care practitioners is a great place to start. What help from us do our Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants need? Write to your legislators. They all seem to know there is a problem with affordable healthcare, but we never hear of any solutions from these politicians. Tell your congressmen that, from the physician billing perspective, utilizing Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in primary care jobs can cut that billing by 50%. This should excite the powerful insurance lobbyists along with the forces who are trying to reduce Medicare/Medicaid costs. Here are just a few issues that need addressing: For one, they need nationally uniform licensing rules. When they relocate from state to state, the waiting period for the new state licensure can be months! Also, in some states, these practitioners enjoy a great deal of independence and autonomy along with reasonable abilities to prescribe medicine. In other states, doctors must "babysit" these advanced practice professionals. In many states, Nurse Practitioners can only prescribe medications like Percocet in 24 hour increments and only with the doctor’s prior approval. The AMA is the real culprit in holding back the careers of Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistants. At every opportunity, they show how threatened they feel in regards to what these advanced practice professionals may do in their healthcare jobs. Instead, physicians should be training NPs and PAs to take over primary care here in the USA. They obviously don’t want to go into primary care themselves. Just look at the statistics at medical colleges. A new grad Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant should not be allowed to go right out and hang their shingle as a primary care practitioner, but 5 years of working in primary care with a physician should be plenty of time to prepare them to go out on their own. Eventually, after many years when there are no primary care doctors left to train them, they can train each other. The whole discussion boils down to this: money…money…money! We, as patients, want to spend less of it on healthcare, and physicians don’t want to share the wealth with these up and .ing practitioners. If Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants be.e our new primary care practitioners, the good ole boy physician .work will be disrupted as it will be these new practitioners who will be referring patients out to specialists, not physicians as as the case is now. Most of the NPs and PAs won’t refer to a specialist just because they play golf together or belong to the same clubs. They will consider who is best for the patient who is sitting there in front of them. Do you really want to help solve the healthcare crisis? If so, don’t just sit there after reading this. You are now armed with this information. Do with it what you want. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: