Despite major components of the Affordable Care Act on the chopping block, value-based care reforms largely have bipartisan support and are likely here to stay. And while the majority of providers and politicians support efforts to incentivize value over volume, fewer providers have realized success achieving higher value care.
The New York Times published an editorial in 2014 proclaiming that a worsening national shortage of physicians was contributing to long waiting times for veterans and many other Americans.
Sometimes you have to look back to see the path forward. As the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considers legislation to modernize Pennsylvania’s antiquated regulations for nurse practitioners, we might learn something by reviewing the history of the Rendell Administration’s similar battle to expand scope of practice nearly 10 years ago. And if history is a predictor, there is reason to be optimistic.
[Editor's Update: On May 18, 2016, the Pennsylvania State Senate’s Professional Licensure Committee voted (12-1) to advance SB 717 out of committee and on to the Senate.]
This Issue Brief summarizes evidence of nursing’s effects on NICU outcomes and recommends policies to bolster and support nursing practice in NICUs. Adequate staffing and a supportive work environment are associated with better outcomes for very low birth weight infants.
Unmet Nursing Care Linked to Rehospitalizations Among Older Black AMI Patients: A Cross-Sectional Study of US Hospitals
In Medical Care, Margo Brooks-Carthon and colleagues, including Karen Lasater, investigate the differences in the relationship between nursing care left undone and acute myocardial infarction readmissions among older black patients compared with older white patients. Brooks-Carthon and colleagues used multiple datasets, including 2006 to 2007 administrative discharge data, a survey of registered nurses, and the American Hospital Association Annual Survey to estimate the association between care left undone, 30-day readmission, and the impact of race on this interaction. The sample...