Managed care organizations' arrangements with nurse practitioners: a Connecticut perspective.

J. P. O'Donnell, S. S. Cohen, D. J. Mason, K. Baxter, A. B. Chase

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Executives in more than 50% of managed care organizations (MCOs) in New York and Connecticut were interviewed for information on the roles, participation, and listing of NPs as primary care providers. MCO executives are highly satisfied with their primary care provider NPs, particularly in women's health and geriatrics, secondary to spending more time teaching and explaining procedures than physicians. Among both health care professionals and the general public there is an overall lack of current knowledge and/or confusion about NPs and their practice. Eighty-two percent of executives in MCOs thought their organization should encourage the use of NPs as primary care providers. Beginning in the early 1960s, advanced practice nursing has shown steady growth. Research has found that NPs provide cost-effective, quality-driven patient care (Brown & Grimes, 1995; Cohen & Juszczak, 1997; Frampton & Wall, 1994; Hardy & Evans, 1995). Many thought health care reform would lead to an expansion of advanced practice nurses (APNs) and other nonphysician providers as primary care providers (Aiken & Salmon, 1994). Funding for and enrollment in graduate nursing programs rose nationwide (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 1996). Anecdotal reports indicated that NPs were not included in MCO primary care provider panels. The purpose of this study was to explore MCO arrangements with nurse practitioners and the factors that influence them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-20
Number of pages2
JournalConnecticut nursing news (Meriden, Conn. : 1980)
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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