In Neurology, Chloe Hill and colleagues, including Judy Shea and Nabila Dahodwala, investigate the quality of care delivered by nurse practitioner (NP)–physician teams developed to serve patients with epilepsy, and improve their appointment availability. The authors observed a cohort of patients with epilepsy who were cared for by either an NP-physician team or a physician only. These care models were compared with regard to adherence to the 2014 American Academy of Neurology epilepsy quality measures. The authors also looked at seizure frequency, presentations to the Emergency...
After a shooting, a stabbing, a car crash, or a fall, emergency services rush an injured patient to the emergency room. They bypass the waiting room and come directly to a specialized area called the trauma bay, where a team of clinicians performs a fast, intense, full-body exam and initiates treatment for injury. Trauma providers have organized this protocol, known as trauma resuscitation, to identify and treat life-threatening injuries as quickly as possible. Or at least that’s how we see it.
Discriminative Accuracy of Physician and Nurse Predictions for Survival and Functional Outcomes 6 Months After an ICU Admission
In JAMA, Michael Detsky and colleagues, including Michael Harhay and Scott Halpern, examine the accuracy of intensive care unit (ICU) physician and nurses’ predictions about patients’ survival and functional outcomes. Clinician predictions about a patient's chance of survival have been shown to influence decision-making for critically ill patients, yet little is known regarding their accuracy. The study was conducted in five ICUs in three hospitals in Philadelphia, and enrolled patients who spent at least three days in the ICU and required mechanical ventilation, vasopressors, or...
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.]