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University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell: Nurse Practitioners Are Key to Obama Health Care Reform, Call for Increased Federal Funding for Innovative Nurse-Managed Health Care
Date:5/8/2009

on-physician models of heath care in the state has been nothing short of a major success. Our chronic care and patient centered medical home model, provides high quality health care to tens of thousands of patients that otherwise would find it difficult to access and pay for these services. By next month, we expect 400 primary care practitioners to be involved in four learning collaboratives, transforming chronic care for more than 750,000 patients. Greater nurse practitioner involvement in chronic care and rapid response is the inoculation we need to prevent rising heath care costs and ensure greater access to heath care."

National Nursing Centers Consortium Executive Director Tine Hansen-Turton said: "Our nation's 250 Nurse-Managed Health Centers are community-based, non-profit health centers that are staffed and run by advanced practice nurses (primarily nurse practitioners). They represent an innovative delivery model for primary and preventive care, especially for low-income and vulnerable populations. These health centers are positioned to significantly expand the capacity of our nation's overburdened health care delivery system in a cost-effective and affordable way, but their true potential remains untapped. These centers can provide the foundation for real health care reform that will work, serving tens of millions of additional families across the United States."

Independence Foundation President Susan E. Sherman noted: "Philadelphia may be the future vision of health care reform in the United States. Because we believe in the model's potential, the Independence Foundation has invested millions of dollars in 12 Nurse-Managed Health Centers that provide primary care, health promotion, and disease prevention services. These Nurse-Managed Health Centers help clients manage current health problems, detect potential health problems, and redu
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SOURCE American Academy of Nursing, Washington, D.C.
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