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The Business Case For Nurse Practitioners
The Health Care Blog

This week the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) issued a new report describing its vision of primary care’s future. Not surprisingly, the report talks about medical homes, with patient-centered, team-based care. More surprisingly, though, it makes a point to insist that physicians, not nurse practitioners, should lead primary care practices.

The important questions are whether nurse practitioners are qualified to independently practice primary care, and whether they can compensate for the primary care physician shortage. On both counts the AAFP thinks the answer is “no.”