Health Affairs Blog: The Integrity Of MACRA May Be Undermined By “Incident To Billing” Coding

numbers and sumsJanuary 8, 2018 - The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 ended the Sustainable Growth Rate formula that for years had resulted in an eleventh-hour intervention by Congress to avoid drastic reductions in Medicare physician payments. MACRA also established incentives...

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Nursing Outlook: The quality of primary care provided by nurse practitioners to vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries

poverty pic resizeJanuary 4, 2018 - A new study out in Nursing Outlook compared care to three groups provided to Medicare beneficiaries by PCNPs and physicians to evaluate cost and quality measures. The study found that quality of care provided by PCNPs was overall consistent with the care provided by physicians and resulted in less costly health interventions...

Nursing Economic$: Improving Nursing Workforce Forecasts: Comparative Analysis of the Cohort Supply Model and the Health Workforce Simulation Model

nurse and patientDecember 20, 2017 - A new article out in the November/December edition of Nursing Economic$ details key work to improve forecasting models from a meeting in Big Sky, Montana last summer organized by Center researchers and Health Resources Service Administration representatives...


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Breaking Down Silos: An Interview with the Health Workforce Forecasting Team

thought bubble and micDecember 20, 2017 - In addition to “Improving Nursing Workforce Forecasts: Comparative Analysis of the Cohort Supply Model and the Health Workforce Simulation Model” out in the November/December issue of Nursing Economic$, Center researchers and Health Services Resources Administration representatives sat down with Donna Nickitas to discuss the genesis and the journey of working together to improve forecasting models for the registered nursing workforce...

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Nursing Economic$: State of the Registered Nurse Workforce as a New Era of Health Reform Emerges

nurse and patientNovember 3, 2017 - Published in the October/November 2017 edition of Nursing Economic$, Center researchers examine the state of the nursing workforce in light of previous shortage forecasts, public and private...


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New Research Shows Recent Changes of Nurses Graduating from Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

February 24, 2016 – Center researchers Peter Buerhaus, David Auerbach and Douglas Staiger have just published a new Data Watch article in the journal Nursing Economic$ titled, “Recent Changes in the Number of Nurses Graduating from Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.” Summary: Since the 1970s, a number of initiatives have attempted to increase the proportion of... 
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MSU study finds nurse practitioners more likely than medical doctors to work in rural areas

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January 14, 2016 — MSU News Service New research by Montana State University professor Peter Buerhaus and others has found that nurse practitioners are more likely than medical doctors to practice in rural areas. The study is published in the January issue of Medical Care, the Journal of the American Public Health Association. As part of the study,... 
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Nurse practitioner patients less costly to Medicare than physician patients

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January 6, 2016 – With Medicare enrollment and cost concerns growing, a new study finds that patients with a nurse practitioner as a primary care provider are less costly to Medicare than patients with a physician primary care provider. The study—the first to examine national data—contradicts previous research suggesting that both types of providers generate... 
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