To The AMA: Nurse Practitioners Are Not The Problem

It finally struck me.  The AMA is a bully.  They are the bully in the medical and healthcare arena towards nurse practitioners.  They can’t play nice in the playground and they will do anything to intimidate, usurp and destroy the role of the nurse practitioner.  Reason, kindness, artful communication and research have had no impact…

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Why Nurse Practitioners Matter To Healthcare

I honestly don’t understand why the American Medical Association(AMA) is so opposed to the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) as independent primary care providers.  It is certainly not based in the research.  I believe it is  foolish and reckless. I have tried to argue the merits and the research supporting NPs positive outcomes and cost…

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Care Coordination: Is It A Doctor’s Role?

Today, I read an entry from Merrill Goozner on his Gooznews blog called “AMA:Pay Docs for Care Coordination”.  He writes at the beginning: “The little-known American Medical Association committee that recommends physician pay scales to Medicare’s fee-for-service program today asked the agency to reimburse physicians for coordinating care for their chronically-ill patients. In a letter to…

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If Doctors Are The Only One’s Using The Title Doctor, Will it fix our Healthcare System?

The debate rages, fueled by the AMA’s fears and deep money pockets, to stop anyone else in the healthcare profession  from using the title “doctor” when introducing themselves in clinical settings. The battle has picked up steam because nurse practitioners are now required to have a doctorate in order to practice.  The AMA  and state…

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The Illogic of MD thinking toward NPs

As a nurse practitioner, I just don’t understand the AMA’s resistance to the role.  The research certainly shows people are not dying at the hands of NPs and that quality of care and safety is not an issue.  The most recent major evidence based document verified the research on nurse practitioners. The AMA repeatedly and…

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