CHA News Article

Report: Full Practice Authority for NPs Increases Access and Controls Costs

A recent policy brief from the Bay Area Council Economic Institute spotlights steps that states can take to effectively increase the supply of primary care providers. Highlighting California as the leader in implementing federal health reform and as home to the largest number of primary care physicians and nurse practitioners (NPs), the brief states that granting full practice authority to NPs is key to increasing primary care providers, maintaining high quality and driving down costs. The report, attached, also makes the case that expanding access to and improving the quality of primary care are critical to controlling health care costs and responding to the greater demand for health care resulting from the Affordable Care Act and the aging population.