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Nurse Practitioners And Independent Practices Can Cut Healthcare Costs

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Nov 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

Michigan City Indiana medical malpractice lawyer discusses a recent article explaining that allowing nurse practitioners to practice independently can cut healthcare costs.

It's a great premise.  Using mid-level practitioners to handle general practice needs on their own without having a collaborate agreement with a physician to review files and assist on more difficult cases.  Most healthcare conditions are self limiting but something has to be lost in the long run if nurse practitioners are going to practice independently.  Nurse practitioners have an equivalent of a masters level education, doctors have an undergraduate degree, a medical degree, one year internship and three years of residency in their specialty, something has to be gained from the extra schooling and clinical practice residency.

In the November issue of Health Affairs, researchers looked at this issue and concluded that eliminating restrictions on nurse practitioner's scope of practice could have a large impact on the cost of providing medical care.  In sum, it is cheaper to have a nurse practitioner perform medical care.

While it may be cheaper- there has to be an impact on patient care.  What happens to the 1/100 patient that has a condition that needs a doctor's level of knowledge and the condition is not diagnosed by the nurse practitioner and the patient is seriously injured or dies.

This is something that society is going to have to decide, are we okay with lowering costs and possibly sacrificing care. Most people may say that the trade-off is worth it until something bad happens to them or a loved one.

What are your thoughts about increasing nurse practitioners scope of practice and allowing them to practice independently? And if you're okay with allowing nurse practitioners to practice independently should they be held to the same standard if they misdiagnosis patients?

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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