Episode 67: Practice Authority, Workforce Diversity, and Equity of Care - New Research
Alicia Plemmons with the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation shares new research her team conducted to explore the relationship between nurse practitioner full practice authority, nurse practitioner workforce diversity, and disparate primary care access. They compared the ethnic and racial composition of different state populations to the nurse practitioner workforce in those states and considered whether removing requirements for collaboration contracts and allowing full practice authority allows more practitioner mobility and greater access to care for underserved communities. "Addressing different ways in which new practitioners may be able to enter and serve marginalized, underrepresented communities before the [physician] shortages get worse - actually analyzing it right now before it gets worse - is really key to ensuring that we maintain accessible and quality healthcare for everybody moving forward."
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