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Sunday, February 25, 2018
HomeHealthPhysicians’ Income and Advanced Practice Nurses

Physicians’ Income and Advanced Practice Nurses

Mark V. Pauly, PhD

Mark V. Pauly, PhD

Why does organized medicine continue to oppose removing barriers to advanced practice nurses (APRNs) being able to practice independently? Do physicians fear losing income to ARPNs? That’s what many of us thought but a new report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation concludes that physicians in states where APRNs can practice independently do not experience a loss of income.  Mark Pauly, PhD, the Bendheim Professor of Health Care Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, has reviewed the analysis in a blog on the RWJF site. He concludes, “…for once, we may be able to keep money out of what should be an important debate about productivity, quality, and consumer satisfaction.”  Given that longstanding and overwhelming evidence, as noted in the Institute of Medicine’s report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, documents that APRNs provide safe, high quality care, the whole debate should be over. Time to change the many barriers that get in the way of making sure that we have a highly qualified workforce to improve access to quality, affordable care.

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, Rudin Professor of Nursing

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Diana is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and founder of HealthCetera. She was previously president of the American Academy of Nursing. She is senior policy professor at George Washington University and the Rudin Professor of Nursing at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. She is a health policy expert and leader. Diana tweets @djmasonrn.

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