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June 2008 - Posts


Customer Service in Health Care
June 30, 2008 3:59 PM by Jennifer Ford
A rather controversial topic among NPs talking about retail health is the value of consumer service in health care. Some say the patient's experience and comfort are just as important as their care, and others say care is the ultimate goal. A leading Read More...
Arizona NPs Continue Controversial Procedure
June 30, 2008 12:02 PM by Jennifer Ford
Am Arizona bill to block NPs from performing aspiration abortions failed by a vote of 14 to 12 in the Senate this session. The Douglas Daily Dispatch reported on legislative action in Arizona, including this bill, in " Arizona Legislative Briefs ." The Read More...
Many Still Question DNP at AANP Conference
June 29, 2008 8:07 AM by Jennifer Ford
Jan Towers, director of health policy for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, led a session on the doctorate of nursing practice degree. She noted that far fewer NPs were in attendance to the session at this year's conference. "That's a good Read More...
NP and PA Collaboration Discussed at Conference
June 27, 2008 5:42 PM by Jennifer Ford
Members of the ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners staff, namely myself and Managing and Web Editor Jill Rollet, are in attendance at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Over 3,500 inquisitive NPs are Read More...
AMA: Cigarettes and Banana Peels Are Hazardous
June 24, 2008 3:59 PM by Jennifer Ford
On June 17, the AMA adopted resolutions at their annual House of Delegates meeting, including a resolution to ban the sale of tobacco products in stores that operate retail health clinics. The Wall Street Journal Health Blog ( read the post ) spoke with Read More...
Another Backer for Single-Payer Health Insurance
June 24, 2008 10:06 AM by Jill Rollet
The press release below hit my inbox this morning. Whatever you think of the single-payer national health insurance model, support for it is growing among people with influence.Lots of folks have their fingers crossed for real health care reform after Read More...
A Spy in Your Exam Room?
June 17, 2008 10:23 AM by Jennifer Ford
A woman comes in to see you about migraines. You take a history, you spend time getting to know her, you treat her to the best of your ability. But what would you do if you found out she was hired to "fake" her illness to check up on your work? This is Read More...
Competition Flourishes in Retail Health
June 16, 2008 3:26 PM by Jennifer Ford
Earlier this year, the state of Massachusetts adopted regulations for retail health clinics that Boston Mayor Tom Menino denounced, saying, "allowing retailers to make money off of sick people is wrong." We reported on the retail health regulations in Read More...
Canada’s Health Minister Criticizes Physician ‘Territorialism’
June 16, 2008 8:03 AM by Jill Rollet
In an attempt to get adequate health care to rural and underserved areas, Ontario is planning to set up 26 nurse-led clinics in the province. One is already in operation in the city of Sudbury. But according to an article in last week's Daily Observer Read More...
Survey: NP Is Top-Paying Job
June 13, 2008 1:43 PM by Jennifer Ford
According to a Yahoo! article , the nurse practitioner profession is ranked as one of the top-earning job in the country (those that pay at least $50K a year). In the article, NP ranks among professions such as investment banking analyst, junior associate Read More...
Medical Society Blasts NPs
June 13, 2008 1:12 PM by Jennifer Ford
The Kansas Medical Society (KMS) put forth a resolution to the American Medical Society House of Delegates concerning retail health clinics because "The proliferation of 'in store' or 'retail' health care clinics poses multiple dilemmas to Kansas physicians." Read More...
Don’t Be Metabo!
June 13, 2008 12:49 PM by Jill Rollet
Here’s a health care reform from Japan that’s right out of Orwell. According to an article in today’s New York Times , a new national law requires Japanese companies to measure the waists of their employees, employees’ family members and retirees 40 to Read More...
AMA Proposes Resolutions Affecting NPs, DNPs
June 10, 2008 3:37 PM by Jennifer Ford
Several state delegations of the American Medical Association have proposed resolutions that would limit NP education and NP practice. The AMA House of Delegates will gather to consider these resolutions at its annual meeting, which will take place this Read More...
AMA Recommends NP Hiring Agreement
June 9, 2008 3:35 PM by Jennifer Ford
The American Medical Association published an article that lays out a plan for practices hiring nurse practitioners. They recommend drawing up a nurse practitioner employment agreement, designating all job responsibilities in addition to determining whether Read More...
Video: News Coverage on Arkansas NP Practice
June 9, 2008 2:10 PM by Jennifer Ford
This footage aired on a Little Rock, Arkansas news channel. It profiles a nurse practitioner, Rebecca McCarrie, who started a private family practice and is providing much-needed care to her community, or, as she calls it, her "extended family." Please Read More...
Retail Clinic Responds to FTC Support
June 9, 2008 12:16 PM by Jennifer Ford
Take Care Health issued a formal response to an FTC report that stated concerns about proposed regulation of retail health clinics in Illinois. The FTC says that proposed regulations could cause "undue and potentially costly limitation" on retail health Read More...
NP Commencement Address
June 9, 2008 7:19 AM by Jill Rollet
Rosemary Kirousis graduated last week from the adult nurse practitioner program at the University of Massachusetts -- Worcester. Below is the commencement speech she gave. She plans to take her certification exam next month. Let her inspire you. A New Read More...
Video: MinuteClinic in Lakewood, Florida
June 6, 2008 11:18 AM by Jennifer Ford
First Coast News aired video coverage about a MinuteClinic in Lakewood, Florida. Angela Spears interviewed Cheryl Klug, NP, about school physicals provided at MinuteClinic. Klug told reporters, "Doctors are not always around at 6 p.m. when you have an Read More...
Medicare Reimbursement Changes Proposed
June 5, 2008 12:50 PM by Jennifer Ford
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has proposed a Medicare bill that would give physicians a 0.5% pay increase through 2008. The increase would more than double next year. This is a bigger pay increase than has been proposed by other Democratic leaders, and Read More...
FTC Opposes Retail Health Regulation
June 4, 2008 1:52 PM by Jennifer Ford
A bill that was proposed in the Illinois legislature would have placed heavy restrictions on retail health clinics in the state. ADVANCE reported on this bill in May (see details here ). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a set of responses Read More...
Take Care Sees Half a Million Patients
June 4, 2008 11:43 AM by Jennifer Ford
Take Care Health Systems, one of the nation's largest retail health chains, announced a big milestone yesterday: Take Care clinics have treated over 500,000 patients since their first clinics opened in 2005. Take Care, which operates inside Walgreens Read More...
What Did You Learn in Your DNP Program?
June 3, 2008 8:21 AM by Jill Rollet
With any large new program that seeks to change how thingshave always been done, you're going to find some naysayers. The call to makethe doctor of nursing practice degree the credential for entry to the NP professionhas plenty of skeptics. Experienced Read More...
Retail Health's Growth, and Growing Pains, in Tennessee
June 2, 2008 5:23 PM by Jennifer Ford
Nashville-based retail health company The Little Clinic has partnered with Kroger drug stores (with what a press release calls a "significant" contribution from Kroger) to provide many more retail health clinics inside Kroger stores. "Kroger customers Read More...
Canadian Community Still Waits for NP
June 2, 2008 2:35 PM by Jennifer Ford
In Digby, Nova Scotia, the Digby General Hospital has a physician shortage and asked for a nurse practitioner to be added to their staff. The health minister approved the position. A year ago. In Canada, nurse practitioner positions are filled by the Read More...
Free Resources for NPs
June 2, 2008 1:30 PM by Jennifer Ford
A couple of free resources that have recently become available are worth mentioning: First is PNP SOURCE, offered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). It is an online learning system and continuing education library that Read More...


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