In Calif., Nurses To Take Greater Role In Providing Primary Care
While the LA Times reports that nurses are poised to help meet the requirements of the health law, The Chicago Sun-Times reports that more young doctors are choosing primary care careers.
Los Angeles Times: Nurses To Play A Greater Role In Healthcare
California is among 23 states that allow nurse practitioners to act as primary care providers without a doctor's supervision, a move aimed at stemming a shortage of physicians and reducing costs. Now the nurses are poised to take on an even greater role as Los Angeles County and other health systems develop "medical home" models of care that expand the number of primary care providers, including nurses, to meet the requirements of national healthcare legislation, reduce unnecessary hospital visits and cut costs (Hennessy-Fiske, 3/29).
Chicago Sun-Times: More Young Doctors Choosing Careers In Primary Care
After years of avoiding careers in primary care because of the relatively low pay and long hours, medical students are showing greater interest in family medicine, internal medicine and other primary care-related fields. And health-care reform is at least part of the reason (Thomas, 3/29).