Thursday, December 19, 2013

All in the balance: Nurse practitioners are ready to help meet baby boomers’ growing needs. #nurseup #aprn #healthcare

All in the balance: Nurse practitioners are ready to help meet baby boomers’ growing needs:"As they grow older, about 70 million baby boomers will test the mettle of the nation’s healthcare system — particularly its supply of primary care providers — like never before. Will there be enough PCPs to meet boomers’ chronic care needs? Some say no and are working toward securing nurse practitioners’ expanded scope of practice across the county, which will allow NPs to meet the growing need for more providers.

Members of America’s massive generation of baby boomers — people born from Jan. 1, 1946, through Dec. 31, 1964 — are now reaching age 65 at a rate of roughly 10,000 a day. The combination of aging baby boomers and an expected influx of patients seeking healthcare in 2014 under provisions of the Affordable Care Act may provide fodder for nurse practitioners seeking to expand scope-of-practice laws in the 34 states that limit it."

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