Americans are slowly beginning to sign up for health coverage through new insurance marketplaces. This also signals a possible growing demand for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). A new study released earlier this month found that the influx of NPs and PAs could ease the shortage of primary-care doctors. New roles for nurse practitioners and physician assistants may cut a predicted shortage of physicians by about 50%, according to new research by RAND Corp. More providers and mid-level practitioners (NPs and PAs) will be needed due to the fact that an emphasis will be placed on primary care rather than expensive specialist care with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
NPs and PAs Play a Critical Role
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is launching a new advertising campaign to try to push for new opportunities. The campaign will help the public understand what role nurse practitioners play in the healthcare system. NPs and PAs have the training, flexibility and agility to respond to the healthcare needs of previously uninsured patients. The nation’s fastest growing PA workforce is already on the frontlines practicing medicine and increasing access to high quality, patient-centered healthcare. PAs are regarded as one of three primary care providers by the ACA. This means mid-level providers will play a critical role in meeting the new increased demand for care.
Federal Funding to Aid NP and PA Programs
PAs are in a much better position than physicians to fill the health care gap. They are not required to fulfill residencies and their education is far less expensive. The ACA contains provisions to increase the number of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. It will also fund scholarships and loan repayments. Although there is a nearly 20-year-long projected shortage of physician assistants, the rate at which new PAs are being licensed is increasing annually as new PA programs are formed.
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