Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in High Demand

Hospitals and clinics are facing a shortage of primary care physicians and are increasingly relying on an already short supply of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, according to Forbes. Health facilities nationwide are gearing up for the increased demand when millions of Americans will gain health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act come Jan. 1, 2014. A report from Staff Care, an Irving-based physician staffing company, showed that 10 percent of staffing requests were for temporary physician assistants and nurse practitioners. In addition, close to 75 percent of health facility managers that were surveyed by Staff Care reported that they… Full Story

Nurses Equally Competent on Simple Primary Care, Study Says

Trained nurses and general practitioners (GPs) were equally competent care for common health issues, according to a Spanish study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. For 1461 adult patients at 38 practices, researchers found that nurses successfully resolved more than 86 percent of cases, a rate that was similar to that of GPs. For nearly 3 out of 4 cases, nurses did not need to consult the GP. Nurses were most successful in treating cases of burns, injuries, and acute diarrhea. They were more likely to refer cases requiring complex physical examinations to the GP, including those involving low back… Full Story

Morning Rounds (02.11.13)

The Texas Medical Association is pushing for a health IT czar to oversee patient safety across multiple programs.

LabCorp, which has several North Texas locations, is expecting to lose about 35 cents per share this year due to Medicare payment reductions.

Legislation has been filed to allow advanced nurse practitioners to prescribe medication and order medical devices. Full Story

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Nurses to Prescribe Medication

Legislation has been filed to remove on-site physician supervision requirements. This would allow advanced nurse practitioners to prescribe medication and order medical devices on their own. It would also allow doctors to supervise seven nurses instead of four, according to the Texas Tribune.  Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, chairwoman of the House Public Health Committee, and Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, filed the legislation.

Morning Rounds (02.05.13)

The Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees has formally adopted a resolution to develop a bipartisan solution to reform and to expand the state’s Medicaid program.

More than 2 out of 3 health insurance executives said their organizations plan to participate in or support ACOs or pay-for-performance programs in the next three years.

Accountable Healthcare Holdings Corp. has opened a nursing staffing company in North Texas. Full Story

Accountable Healthcare Holdings Corp. Opens DFW Office

Accountable Healthcare Holdings Corp. has opened a nursing staffing office in North Texas and named Jim Risher as regional branch manager. The operation will place healthcare professionals at acute and sub-acute healthcare offices. Risher previously ran his own nursing staffing company for 16 years. Most recently, he worked with Randstad USA as a senior account executive in its healthcare department. Based in Boca Raton, Fla., Accountable Healthcare Holdings Corp. say it’s one of the fastest-growing healthcare staffing agencies in the United States.

Morning Rounds (01.25.13)

Fifteen local health professionals and more than 20 companies are recognized in this week’s edition of Accolades.

A coalition of healthcare groups is urging the Obama administration to follow private-sector approaches before it rules on essential health benefits.

Registered Texas voters overwhelmingly favor expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to a poll by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.


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More Nurses Means Fewer Hospital Readmissions, Study Finds

Improved nursing staffing can translate into lower hospital readmission rates, according to a study in the journal Medical Care. The study found that each additional patient assigned to a nurse increase the odds of readmission by 9 percent for a heart attack, 6 percent for pneumonia and 7 percent for heart failure. All three conditions are part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s readmission program.