In the world of primary care medicine, cheaper alternatives to physicians — most notably nurse practitioners — themselves have a significant level of training. In a growing number of states, nurse practitioners are being allowed to practice independently rather than, as traditionally has been the case, under the supervision of a physician. However, that there really are significant differences in training between physicians and nurse practitioners. Read more»
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Nine prominent physician groups released lists of 45 common tests and treatments Thursday they said are often unnecessary and may even harm patients. Read more»
Call it primary care’s version of the gated community. As health care reform adds millions to insurance rolls, wait times for appointments could creep from weeks to months. The new premium for patients who can pay? Simply getting in. Read more»