NPs, PAs Vital to Hospital Medicine

Tracy Cardin, ACNP-BC, SFHM

April 26th, 2017

Yes, it’s time for another “year ahead” type column where the writer attempts to provide clarity on future events. What does “Hospital Medicine 2016” hold for us? I hope by the time Hospital Medicine 2017 rolls around, everyone will have forgotten the wrong predictions and only remember those that reveal my exceptional clairvoyance and prescient knowledge.

NP and PA Practice in Hospital Medicine Will Continue to Grow

Well, it doesn’t take a crystal ball or tarot cards to predict this. One only has to look at the data. The 2012 State of Hospital Medicine report revealed that 51.7% of hospital medicine groups (HMGs) employed nurse practitioners (NPs) and/or physician assistants (PAs) in their practice. Two short years later, the survey showed 83% of HMGs reported having NPs and/or PAs in their groups. That is an astounding amount of growth in a short period of time, which brings me to my next prediction.

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