NINTH AN­NUAL RE­PORT ON THE HEALTH­CARE WORK­FORCE

Modern Healthcare - - Workforce Report 2011 -

Once again, Mod­ern Health­care presents its an­nual re­port fo­cus­ing on key trends in­volv­ing the health­care work­force.

This year, as the in­dus­try con­tin­ues to grap­ple with a short­age of pri­ma­rycare providers—a sit­u­a­tion that’s ex­pected to be ex­ac­er­bated as more pa­tients be­come in­sured un­der the health re­form law—our at­ten­tion turns to the nation’s sup­ply of nurse prac­ti­tion­ers and physi­cian as­sis­tants.

These health­care pro­fes­sion­als, also known as “mid-level” prac­ti­tion­ers and “physi­cian ex­ten­ders,” work in a wide va­ri­ety of prac­tice set­tings and med­i­cal spe­cial­ties. And their chang­ing roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties also have be­come the sub­ject of some con­tro­versy.

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