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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/06/29/primary-care-shortage-health/11101265/

 

"• Scope of practice laws. States regulate and license doctors and have been slow to embrace the idea that non-physicians could take over some of the functions. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants should be performing vaccinations and strep tests, Bharucha says."

 

The error in the above statement is left as an exercise for the reader.

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"Health and Human Services spokeswoman Erin Shields Britt says continuing to build the primary care workforce will take time, but she notes President Obama's budget working its way through Congress has several new ways to expand the primary care workforce, which includes nurse practitioners and pediatricians."

 

I guess that means PAs won't be included?

 

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They probably figure two types of assistants is too many so we'll get rid of MAs and let PAs do the injections.

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Again the readers are mislead to thinking NPs are the source to get primary care along with physicians.  This is our PA problem with marketing and with our dependent status.  Rise up, oh PAs and rebel against the mainstream thought that we are assistants.  The collaboration resolution passed in May and I am looking for an official announcement from AAPA.  Has anyone seen one?  What is the next step for PAs?  Are we girded for the discussion with AMA/State medical boards/etc.?

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