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NPs, You Can Help Prevent ER Overcrowding
May 24, 2010 1:15 PM by Jennifer Ford
A recent op-ed in The Washington Post calls for prevention of an unmanageable influx of newly insured patients to emergency departments. In Keeping Routine Medical Care Out of Hospital Emergency Rooms , Jennifer Brokaw, an emergency department physician, Read More...
This Tongue Depressor Is For You
February 3, 2010 10:13 AM by Michelle Perron
"Before putting the tongue depressor in my mouth, she listened to every word that came out of it." So reads an expertly executed advertisement in today's Philadelphia Inquirer (page A9). What a great way to educate consumers about nurse practitioner care! Read More...
Engage in Online Conversations About NPs
October 7, 2009 4:14 PM by Jennifer Ford
Friday's New York Times article about retail clinics titled " A Quick Trip to the Store for Milk and a Throat Swab " asked readers to comment on their Well Blog about retail healthcare and nurse practitioners. And they sure did. It's worth it to read Read More...
Survey Stats for Retail Health NPs
September 8, 2009 1:52 PM by Jill Rollet
Mentions of nurse practitioners in the popular press seems to be all retail health, all the time. Consumers could be excused for thinking that all NPs work in retail clinics. However, less than 4% of NPs work in convenient care settings. That's according Read More...
Pennsylvania Gov. Says NPs Are the Solution
August 31, 2009 1:51 PM by Jill Rollet
Writing in today's issue of USA Today, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell champions nurse practitioners as the means to universal access to healthcare. Together with Tine Hansen-Turton, who is CEO of the National Nursing Centers Consortium headquartered in Read More...
Japan Looks to America for Healthcare Cures
July 21, 2009 12:34 PM by Jennifer Ford
The Japanese are looking to us for tips on saving money on healthcare. TV Tokyo is in Green Bay, Wisconsin this week filming a documentary about Bellin Health's FastCare retail healthcare clinics. The documentarists told the Green Bay Press Gazette that Read More...
NP Reactions to Swine Flu
May 29, 2009 2:24 PM by Jennifer Ford
Drug Store News conducted a survey of pharmacists and retail healthcare providers and found that almost 86% of retail clinic providers found patients asking more about swine flu since the media started covering it. Visit on Monday Read More...
Retail Clinics: Location, Location, Location
May 28, 2009 3:15 PM by Jennifer Ford
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that retail health clinics gravitate toward more affluent neighborhoods. They could, therefore, not be serving the under- and uninsured or poorer populations that are in more need of healthcare. Read More...
Texas Columnist: "Legislature Shuts Door on Nurse Care"
May 26, 2009 4:52 PM by Jennifer Ford
San Antonio News business columnist David Hendricks spoke out in favor of a law allowing NP prescribing rights in Texas, which was shut down in the Texas Legislature this legislative session: Despite better protections from malpractice lawsuits and lower Read More...
Aussies Hop on Retail Health Bandwagon
May 26, 2009 1:57 PM by Jennifer Ford
NPs will be the primary providers at walk-in clinics in Australia, according to a news item in The Australian. The clinics will be housed in public hospitals, and the prime minister of Australia said, "I think it is fantastic that we have a greater role Read More...
NYT: Hospitals Opening Retail Clinics
May 12, 2009 2:00 PM by Jennifer Ford
Today the New York Times published an article detailing the entry of hospitals into the retail healthcare arena . They also reported about Walmart partnering with hospital systems to fill the clinic spaces left empty by some previous clinic closures. Read More...
NPs Calm Patients' Swine Flu Fears
May 4, 2009 9:58 AM by Jennifer Ford
"Congratulations, you have strep throat," said Teresa Long, during a visit with a patient worried he had swine flu. She saw him in a Take Care clinic after his repeated attempts to be seen at other clinics when he started to feel sick, according to " Read More...
Retail Healthcare NPs Prep to Educate About Swine Flu
April 30, 2009 9:54 AM by Jennifer Ford
The Convenient Care Association and retail healthcare operators including Take Care and MinuteClinic released statements today that detail their plans to educate patients about the swine flu. A huge influx of patients is asking for preventive medicines Read More...
Nurse Practitioner Publicity
April 14, 2009 12:54 PM by Jennifer Ford
We are seeing increasing coverage of nurse practitioners in the news. For example, in Sunday's edition of the Naples News of Florida, we see a long article describing the increase of NPs and PAs in primary care . Several heavy hitters in the NP and PA Read More...
Take Care Offers Free Visits
April 1, 2009 9:49 AM by Jennifer Ford
Take Care Health Systems has made quite a big announcement: Clinics will be offering free health care services to patients who've suffered a job loss after March 31, 2009 and are uninsured as a result. Quest Diagnostics also announced that they will offer Read More...


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