By Myra Dembrow

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Retail-based care: A new way to practice

Convenient-care clinics are opening up unprecedented opportunities for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Here’s what you should know. A revolution is under way in the delivery of health services, with nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the vanguard. Walk-in clinics are quickly sprouting up within supermarkets, drugstores, and discount department stores. These facilities treat common…

Helping patients cut sodium consumption

It’s largely a matter of information. Most don’t realize where the salt they eat comes from and how easy it is to lower intake with smarter shopping. Making a convincing connection between lowering dietary sodium and lowering BP is not difficult. It’s been documented in study after study, particularly since 1990. Getting patients to use…

Preventing MIs and strokes in women

The new guidelines for preventing female heart disease contain some significant changes from the recommendations made just three years ago. The American Heart Association’s new CVD-prevention guidelines for women view heart disease as a lifelong danger of varying intensity and take a long-term approach to prevention. The guidelines are designed to help clinicians customize preventive…

Malpractice insurance: An invitation to sue?

You need continuous coverage, but there is such a thing as having too much insurance. Plus—should you buy occurrence or claims-made coverage? Premiums for nurse practitioner and physician assistant malpractice insurance have been rising sharply, more than doubling over the past four or five years. Typical annual policies now range from approximately $600 for a…

Ethics concerns grow for NPs and PAs

As out-of-pocket health-care expenses increase, patients are pressuring clinicians to bend the rules, according to an eye-opening new survey. If you frequently find your clinical judgment thwarted by an insurance company’s unwillingness to pay, you’re not alone. Almost three out of four nurse practitioners and physician assistants polled in a recent survey reported third-party decisions…

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