Archive for July, 2013

Nurse Practitioners Slowly Gain Autonomy

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By Christine Vestal, Staff Writer

When the federal health law takes effect in January, some 30 million more Americans are expected to have health insurance, many for the first time. An already critical shortage of primary care providers may make a doctor’s appointment hard to come by. Increasingly, you might hear, “The nurse will see you now.”

Some states are trying to fill the primary care physician shortage with nurses who have advanced degrees in family medicine. That requires relaxing decades-old ...

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ODH, Local Health Departments Partner With National Group To Address Infant Mortality; Senate Committee To Hit The Road

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Building on existing efforts to reduce infant minority health disparities, the Ohio Department of Health on Tuesday kicked-off a three-year partnership with national organization CityMatCH Tuesday to focus on implementing best practices and evaluating outcomes throughout the state.

Concentrated in nine Ohio cities, seven of which are large urban centers, the Ohio Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes partnership will coordinate national, local and state efforts to address health disparities that persist between minority and white populations, ODH Director Ted Wymyslo ...

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UPDATE – Ohio General Assembly

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Spring was an extremely busy time in the Ohio General Assembly.  In addition to regular committee activity summarized below, both chambers considered Ohio’s operating budget and the voluminous policy changes incorporated into that bill.  Both the House of Representatives and the Senate broke the budget into sections to be considered by various committees in addition to the Finance and Appropriation Committees.  The budget subject matter covered a broad spectrum of policy, from speed limits to education and telehealth to spider ...

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The nurse practitioner will see you now

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As health reform kicks in, more of our

health care is likely to come from

non-M.D.s. Here’s a guide to who’s who.

consumerreports

Consumer Reports magazine: August 2013

For a country that has managed to outspend every other developed nation in the world on health care, the U.S. is oddly short on doctors, especially primary-care ones. We have about 30 primary-care physicians per 100,000 people, far fewer than any other industrialized country, including the ...

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