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By Editorial Staff

August 10, 2017

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NP Delivery of Primary Care for Homebound Elderly Threatened by Proposed Medicaid Cuts

By Liz Seegert

July 18, 2017

As our population lives longer with more chronic conditions, an an estimated two to three million end up homebound, unable to leave their homes to receive primary care in a physician’s office.  It means they often go without care or end up in crisis in the emergency department, driving up costs and further affecting their quality of life.

 

There are programs and services that deliver quality home-based care, but they face looming cuts in reimbursement, or even outright elimination, thanks to the Senate’s health care bill. It would slash Medicaid by $700 to 800 million. A shortage of primary care physicians further strains efforts to deliver high-quality home-based care.

 

Nurse practitioners can help meet these challenges, said Denis Tarrant, NP, who runs a primary care house calls practice in New York City. He thinks the proposed health legislation will only make it harder and harder to serve his patients, and others like them around the U.S.

 

“We don’t have the ability to meet the primary care demand without nurse practitioners,” Tarrant said in a phone interview. He’s right — nurse practitioners are becoming an increasingly a more viable option around the country to make up for the shortfall of primary care MDs. Research from Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and elsewhere confirm that independently practicing NPs play a key role in solving the primary care shortage.

 

The Senate’s proposed cuts to Medicaid threaten not just primary care delivery but also home and community based care for our nation’s most vulnerable, and medically-needy older adults. The only place left to pick up the slack is the emergency department, Tarrant said.

 

The Senate is still scrambling for the necessary votes to pass legislation that will adversely affect tens of millions of people. Meanwhile, patients and families, along with those who care for them, remain in limbo.

 

You can listen to the full interview with Denis Tarrant below or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

 

Liz Seegert
Liz Seegert is a health care journalist and directs the media fellows program at the Center. She serves as topic editor on aging for the Association of Healthcare Journalists, writes for a variety of print and online publications and coproduces HealthCetera Radio on WBAI-FM. She tweets @lseegert. 

Carole R. Myers, PhD launches #NPR @WUOT TN health policy news segment “Health Connections”

By Carole R. Myers

June 21, 2017

Senior Fellow Carole R. Myers PhD brings her health policy expertise to the airwaves twice a month to NPR’s Morning News on 91.9 FM WUOT in Knoxville, TN. Here’s the program write up from WUOT’s website where you can listen to her the segment:

 

 

This week marks the launch of a new series, HealthConnections. The brainchild of University of Tennessee associate professor Dr. Carole Myers, HealthConnections will bring the often-abstract world of health care, coverage and policy to a human level. What is access? How do marketplaces work? What’s the future of health insurance?

Dr. Myers and WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth will sort through these issues and more, all to give you a toolbox for understanding what you hear on the news, or to separate fact from fiction in the health care debate.

In the premiere episode, Dr. Myers and Hollingsworth introduce the series and get up to speed on the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s possible replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

What’s on your mind? On Twitter, send your questions to @wuotfm, or send an email to newsroom [at] wuot.org and use “HealthConnections” as your subject line.

Congratulations Carole! The entire team at the Center applaud you on this new platform where you will report on health policy.

Carole R. Myers