Set­ting the record straight

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

S ev­eral is­sues in this ar­ti­cle re­quire clar­i­fi­ca­tion (“Min­uteClinic, CHW team up in Phoenix area,” ModernHealth­, May 1). First, Ari­zona nurse prac­ti­tion­ers are in­de­pen­dent with pre­scrip­tive author­ity and al­ways have been. For­mal­ized col­lab­o­ra­tion is not a le­gal man­date. Min­uteClinic has cho­sen to use this as their model of prac­tice. Sec­ond, there is ab­so­lutely no ev­i­dence that nurse prac­ti­tioner care is dan­ger­ous or un­safe.

All of the stud­ies to date doc­u­ment safe, high-qual­ity, cost-ef­fec­tive, ac­ces­si­ble care pro­vided by nurse prac­ti­tion­ers na­tion­wide. There is no place for un­in­formed, opin­ion­based rhetoric in to­day’s health­care world.

Diana Swan­son Bloom­ing­ton, Ind.

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