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"The _____ (Doctor/Nurse/Other) Will See You Now": Rethinking Scope of Practice

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Alliance for Health Reform held a webinar that gave you the latest on a flurry of state legislation to allow nurses, nurse practitioners and other medical providers to do more to care for patients. A video of the event is available at


  • Kavita Patel, managing director for clinical transformation and delivery at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, and a former Obama administration official

  • Geraldine "Polly" Bednash, executive director of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • Reid Blackwelder, a Tennessee family physician and president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians

The event was sponsored by the nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Full Transcript (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 7/17/2013

Speaker Presentations

Patel Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 7/17/2013
Blackwelder Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 7/17/2013
Bednash Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 7/17/2013

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Agenda (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 7/17/2013
Speaker Biographies (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 7/17/2013
Selected Experts List (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 7/17/2013
Materials List (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 7/17/2013

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

Should Nurse Practitioners Be Able to Treat Patients Without Physician Oversight?, The Wall Street Journal, 6/13/2013
Nurse Practitioners and Primary Care (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Health Affairs, 5/15/2013
Implementing Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing Recommendations, Journal of Nursing Administration, 9/1/2012
Survey Shows Consumers Open to a Greater Role for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, Health Affairs, 6/1/2013
Perspectives of Physicians and Nurse Practitioners on Primary Care Practice, New England Journal of Medicine, 5/16/2013
The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, Institute of Medicine, 10/5/2010
Expanding the Role of Advanced Nurse Practitioners Risks and Rewards, New England Journal of Medicine, 5/16/2013
Improving Access to Adult Primary Care in Medicaid: Exploring the Potential Role of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, Kaiser Family Foundation, 3/1/2011
Obamacare is ramping up a health-care turf war, The Washington Post, 2/27/2013
Evidence for Substituting Nurses for Primary Care Physicians is Lacking, American Academy of Family Physicians, 11/23/2011
California considers expanding role for nurse practitioners, Los Angeles Times, 5/28/2013
The nurse practitioner will see you now, Consumer Reports, 8/1/2013
The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care, National Governors Association, 12/1/2012
Primary Care Workforce Shortages: Nurse Practitioner Scope-of-Practice Laws and Payment Policies, National Institute for Health Care Reform, 2/1/2013
Do you know your doctor? (Adobe Acrobat PDF),American Medical Association, 7/1/2012
Primary Care for the 21st Century (Adobe Acrobat PDF),American Academy of Family Physicians, 9/18/2012


Kavita Patel, Polly Bednash and Reid Blackwelder discussed proposals to change the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, nurses and other medical professionals, as the ACA extends health coverage to millions of Americans--creating a doctor shortage--at a July 17 Alliance webinar, "The _____ (Doctor/Nurse/Other) Will See You Now": Rethinking Scope of Practice.


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