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Smart Talk: Nurse practitioners want expanded role

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 15, 2015 2:27 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, May 18, 2015:

Nurse practitioners manage acute and chronic medical conditions through history and physical exam and the ordering of diagnostic tests and medical treatments. NPs are qualified to diagnose medical problems, order treatments, perform advanced procedures, prescribe medications, and make referrals for a wide range of conditions.

However, in Pennsylvania nurse practitioners must secure business contracts with two physicians.

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners wants to change that.

The organization says their members are all highly educated and certified.  They also point out that Pennsylvania has the fourth oldest population in the country -- people who will require more medical treatment as they age.  

At the same time, the state's primary care doctors are getting older and not as many new physicians are replacing them.  For example, almost half of Pennsylvania's doctors practice in Philadelphia, Allegheny County, and Montgomery County in the Philadelphia suburbs. 

The Pennsylvania Medical Society, representing physicians, opposes any changes in the collaborative agreements saying they "exist to ensure that patients have direct access to a physician when their care requires a more highly trained professional."

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Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford), Susan Schrand, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

Appearing on Monday's Smart Talk are Susan Schrand, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford).

it exists to ensure that patients have direct access to a physician when their care requires a more highly trained professional - See more at: http://www.pamedsoc.org/Right-Side-Nav/Latest-News/Team-based-care-call-to-action.html#sthash.GzeACu2q.dpuf
it exists to ensure that patients have direct access to a physician when their care requires a more highly trained professional - See more at: http://www.pamedsoc.org/Right-Side-Nav/Latest-News/Team-based-care-call-to-action.html#sthash.GzeACu2q.dpuf
it exists to ensure that patients have direct access to a physician when their care requires a more highly trained professional. - See more at: http://pennsylvaniamedicalsociety.com/Right-Side-Nav/Latest-News/Team-based-care-call-to-action.html?css=print#sthash.Vyq9eMBP.dpuf
it exists to ensure that patients have direct access to a physician when their care requires a more highly trained professional. - See more at: http://pennsylvaniamedicalsociety.com/Right-Side-Nav/Latest-News/Team-based-care-call-to-action.html?css=print#sthash.Vyq9eMBP.dpuf
it exists to ensure that patients have direct access to a physician when their care requires a more highly trained professional. - See more at: http://pennsylvaniamedicalsociety.com/Right-Side-Nav/Latest-News/Team-based-care-call-to-action.html?css=print#sthash.Vyq9eMBP.dpuf

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  • James Johnson-Null img 2015-05-18 09:30

    The caller from a family of physicians point that medical schools only take the best of the best and that is what patients need misses the point. Very smart, caring, and good people are excluded from medical school because they are not supported by financially secure parents, they can get into nursing school and then advanced practice programs. Patients deserve to get care from a caring well trained professional licensed provider.
    Having worked in teaching facilities in health care for the last 20 years I noticed that 90% of residents are the offspring of physicians.