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‘Doc fix’ gives physician assistants more authority, but will there be enough of them?
Modern Healthcare

Organizations representing physician assistants and nurse practitioners cheered the repeal of Medicare’s sustainable-growth rate payment formula. But a failed attempt by Yale University to add on to its existing PA program with a parallel online option reflects the difficulty of trying to rapidly grow the nation’s healthcare workforce.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners hailed passage of the bill, formally known as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, and proclaimed it “more than a ‘doc fix.’ ”  The measure includes nurse practitioners in its Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, and ensures that NP-run practices operating as patient-centered medical homes are eligible to receive payments for chronic-disease management. It also authorizes NPs to document evaluations for durable equipment.