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March 2009 - Posts


Retail Health Evolving Before Our Eyes
March 27, 2009 2:27 PM by Jennifer Ford
Two recent pieces of news (not to mention recent developments and retail health operators' promises) are confirming our predictions that retail health will expand to the workplace and provide primary, not just episodic, care. First is an interview with Read More...
AANP Video Promotes NPs
March 25, 2009 2:51 PM by Jill Rollet
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has produced a wonderful informational video promoting nurse practitioners -- and they released it first on Google and YouTube. Less than 24 hours after its release, the YouTube version had more than Read More...
Standoff Between Retail Health Players
March 24, 2009 12:20 PM by Jennifer Ford
FOX Business published an informative video about the two biggest players in the retail clinic market, CVS and Walgreens. It tracks the history of both companies and gives some good insight into how they work. Check it out here: Drugstore Wars by FOX Read More...
The Changing Face of Pharma
March 24, 2009 8:43 AM by Michelle Perron
Over the past year or so, nurse practitioner organizations have received less and less financial support from the pharmaceutical industry for various events at national and state conferences. This started as a result of significant shifts in marketing Read More...
A Tremendous Time
March 23, 2009 9:18 AM by Michelle Perron
I just returned from NAPNAP's annual conference, where pediatric nurse practitioners were abuzz with possibilities for health care reform. Watch our blogs and Web site for more detail in coming weeks, but this morning I urge you to visit NAPNAP's Web Read More...
Allow Florida Nurse Practitioners to Prescribe
March 19, 2009 12:06 PM by Jennifer Ford
Florida and Alabama are now the only two remaining states where by law nurse practitioners cannot prescribe controlled substances. This year, the Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses (made up of several NP and nursing groups in Florida) has worked Read More...
NP Free Clinic Sees More Uninsured
March 18, 2009 12:51 PM by Jennifer Ford
Nurse practitioner Sandi Shanahan operates a nonprofit clinic in Annapolis, Maryland. Her clinic, Shanahan Children's Clinic , offers health care at whatever cost patients can afford. In an article published on yesterday, she talks Read More...
Will Cigarette Taxes Curb Smoking?
March 16, 2009 9:48 AM by Jennifer Ford
A new tobacco tax scheduled to go into effect April 1 will cost smokers about $1 more per pack. Those interested in helping Americans quit smoking say that the extra cost will naturally keep some from buying cigarettes and therefore decrease overall health Read More...
Responses to MinuteClinic Closures
March 11, 2009 1:01 PM by Jennifer Ford
The response to CVS's decision to transition 90 of its clinics to "seasonal" schedules has prompted an "I told you so" from those who believe the model overestimated the demand for convenient care. KevinMD posted one such response yesterday. In the post, Read More...
MinuteClinic Goes "Seasonal;" Take Care Holds Steady
March 10, 2009 10:53 AM by Jennifer Ford
Yesterday CVS announced that 90 of its MinuteClinic clinics will be operating only on a seasonal schedule. Brent Burkhardt, a spokesperson for CVS, told ADVANCE that "A total of 460 clinics remain open 7 days a week year-round. As noted, in many cases Read More...
First DNP Exam Results Reported
March 4, 2009 2:48 PM by Jennifer Ford
The controversial DNP certification exam was administered by the American Board of Comprehensive Care (ABCC) for the first time on Nov. 10, 2008, and the results are now available. Forty-five NPs took the exam, and 50% of them earned a passing score. Read More...


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