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New Law May Draw Nurses to Rural Areas

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing   By Mary Van Beusekom Until Jan. 1, Elizabeth Chidothe, a family nurse practitioner in Minneapolis, had to work under contract to a physician she rarely saw. Now, thanks to a new state law, she is free to practice and prescribe on her own. “The law has essentially reflected what was already in practice, where we weren’t in need of this contract,” she said. The written physician agreements, nurses say, were a barrier to their practice because they were tethered …

Virginia Patient & Family Network seeks volunteers

Posted on 04/14/2015 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Volunteering Your insights as a patient or caregiver can help doctors, hospitals and nursing homes deliver better care. VHQC, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network for Virginia, is seeking volunteers to contribute their experience to statewide healthcare improvement initiatives. AARP Virginia is one of VHQC’s partners in this work, which includes projects that focus on living well with diabetes or heart disease, avoiding infections in healthcare facilities, coordinating care after discharge from the hospital, and improving quality in nursing homes. You will …

Choosing Wisely Community Forum in Portland

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Events Choosing Wisely: Making Better Health Care Choices for You & Your Family A Community Forum Join “At Home on Munjoy Hill” (AHOM) & Maine Quality Counts on Sunday, Feb 8, 2-4PM East End School, 195 North St, Portland Bring a friend, bring your family, and join us for an engaging discussion! The U.S. spends more on health care than any other developed country – and gets worse results. At the same time, we know that as patients, we sometimes ask …

The Nurse Will See You Now

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

In a state facing a shortage of primary care physicians, AARP Kentucky is urging lawmakers to increase the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Kentucky has nearly 3,000 APRNs, who have advanced clinical training and experience. Current regulations restrict them from writing prescriptions or ordering home health and hospice services without a doctor’s involvement. “That adds unnecessary expense and delay to patient care, particularly in rural communities underserved by doctors,” said Jim Kimbrough, AARP state president. AARP …

Court Decision Makes it Harder for Medicare Plans to Drop Doctors

Posted on 12/9/2013 by | AARP Utah | Comments

By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News In a decision that could have national implications, a federal judge in Connecticut temporarily blocked UnitedHealthcare late Thursday from dropping an estimated 2,200 physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan in that state. While the judge’s decision affects only the physicians in Fairfield and Hartford Counties who brought suit, several other medical groups are considering filing similar actions. “This is very good news from Connecticut,” said Dr. Sam L. Unterricht, president of the Medical Society …

Good News–Doctors Do Want Medicare Patients

Posted on 09/12/2013 by | AARP Utah | Comments

We’ve repeatedly heard the claim by critics of Medicare that doctors are refusing to see Medicare patients because of poor reimbursement and government intrusion into their practices.  From such accusations one might conclude that doctors are shying away from Medicare patients in huge numbers. A new study conducted by experts at the Department of Health and Human Services, released last month, shows that there is little truth in that assertion. MedPage Today notes: “… the percentage of all office-based physicians …