Sign Up for Email Alerts Visit us on Twitter Visit us on Facebook Visit us on YouTube Subscribe to RSS Feeds

Home > Past Briefings > Briefing Detail Page

Briefing Detail Page

Change Text Size:   Smaller Text Size   Larger Text Size   Default Text Size    

"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.


Toolkit: Emergency Preparedness in the U.S.: The Ebola Threat

Is the U.S. prepared for a potential virulent pandemic? This new Alliance toolkit examines public health infrastructure, funding and policy levers that deal with these kinds of health crises in America.

Read More 

Mike Leavitt Video: Consolidation and Control-The Evolving Health Care System

Mike Leavitt, chairman of Leavitt Partners and former HHS secretary, addresses the aggressive repositioning of players in the evolving health care system in a new Alliance for Health Reform video.

Read More 

Telemedicine Toolkit: The Promise and Challenges

The integration of technology and health care is on the rise. Although evidence shows that telemedicine has improved access to health care and resulted in lower costs in rural and underserved areas, challenges to expansion include reimbursement policies and acceptable security measures. A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit, “Telemedicine: The Promise and Challenges,” addresses the effectiveness of telemedicine as a tool for communication, as well as the expected outcomes and challenges ahead.

Read More 

Toolkit on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

The aging of the baby boomers and the increase in the number of old-old persons (those 85 and older) are predictors for the increasing need for long-term services and supports (LTSS). Among persons age 65 and over, an estimated 70 percent will use LTSS. A new Alliance for Health Reform toolkit, “Long-Term Services and Supports: Changes and Challenges in Financing and Delivery,” provides a background on LTSS and discusses policy issues surrounding the topic.

Read More 

Experts Discuss Workplace Wellness Programs

In a new interview video, Karen Pollitz, senior fellow, private insurance and health reforms, The Kaiser Family Foundation and Dan Newton, vice president, product/solutions development and behavior economics, Anthem Care Management discuss the impact of workplace wellness programs. They address questions about regulations and program design and analyze the scope of wellness programs.

Read More 

Alliance Search for New CEO

WASHINGTON, DC (Aug. 3) – Edward F. Howard, founding executive vice president and CEO of the Alliance for Health Reform in Washington, DC, will retire in March 2016. A nationwide search is underway for his successor.

Over the years, the Alliance has presented hundreds of seminars on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, has organized briefings for reporters around the country and has prepared dozens of issue briefs and “toolkits,” as well as a series of highly-regarded sourcebooks for reporters on health policy topics.

Dr. Robert Graham, Chairman of the Board, noted that the search for a new CEO is being coordinated by Association Strategies of Alexandria, Va. Those interested in learning more about this opportunity should email or call 703/ 683-0580. You can also view the position profile on their website. The deadline for applications is Monday, October 12. 

Read More
Position Profile

Read More 

Toolkit on Biosimilars

The Alliance for Health Reform has released a new toolkit, “Biosimilars: Unpacking Complex Issues.”

The Affordable Care Act created an expedited licensure pathway for biosimilars, and, in March 2015, the U.S. approved the first biosimilar, leaving policy makers, regulators, providers and stakeholders to grapple with regulatory and financial questions.

Biosimilars are similar – but not identical – to biologic drugs, and cost less. Unlike traditional pharmaceuticals, biologic drugs are derived from living organisms and tissues, making them more complex and expensive to produce.

Read More 

Toolkit on Connection Between Health and Housing

A new Alliance toolkit, “The Connection between Health and Housing: The Evidence and Policy Landscape,” provides a detailed look into federal, state and local initiatives, as well as cost implications for health and housing programs.

Attempts to tie health and housing policy are gaining momentum, amid evidence that housing, a social determinant of health, is an important factor in the health status of various populations. More than 610,000 people experience homelessness in the U.S., and over 250,000 individuals within that population have a severe mental illness or a chronic substance use disorder, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Read More 

Video from Reporter Roundtable on Open Enrollment III

On October 5, speakers at a reporter roundtable held at the National Press Club on open enrollment III provided the latest information about premium trends and drivers, health plan availability and new comparison tools for consumers to use in choosing health plans. They discussed trends in the role of navigators and brokers, and increasing consumer expectations, particularly around the ease of the process.

Click here for video.

Read More 

Copyright 1997-2015 Alliance for Health Reform
1444 Eye Street, NW, Suite 910 Washington, DC 20005-6573      202-789-2300      202-789-2233 fax      Sitemap