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Three Steps to Maximize the Potential of Existing Primary Care Providers

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Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher(s): National Nursing Centers Consortium

Author(s): Ann Ritter; Tine Hansen-Turton

Topic: Health (Preventive health services)
Health (Health services for minorities)
Health (Health services for low income people)
Health (Physicians, nurses, and other health personnel)

Keywords: healthcare; practitioner; community; underserved

Coverage: United States


Nurse practitioners are positioned to dramatically expand access to primary and preventive health care throughout the United States. In recent years, a series of disruptive innovations in the health care sector have capitalized on nurse practitioners' ability to provide high-quality care in independent settings. Nurse practitioners who practice in these independent settings already reach over 6 million people annually, and have the potential to reach many more.

Research in Health Affairs and other peer-reviewed journals has documented that retail clinics and Nurse-Managed Health Centers provide accessible, affordable care to millions of Americans without threatening continuity of care. In this policy brief, the National Nursing Centers Consortium, a non-profit organization comprised of Nurse-Managed Health Centers throughout the country, sets forth three steps to maximize the untapped potential of these providers.


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