What Are the Possible Impacts of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants on Future Provision of Primary Care in Rural Areas?


This WWAMI RHRC study will explore how many nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and physicians will be required to meet rural health care demand resulting from expanded access to health insurance through implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The study will also describe the ACA’s impact on types of primary care services that would be available under different provider mix scenarios. The study’s analyses will use simulated rural primary care demand data and rural primary care NP, PA, and physician productivity data from recent research by the WWAMI RHRC. Funded by HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy.






Authors Title Type Date Documents/Media
Larson EH, Andrilla CHA, Coulthard C, Spetz J How could nurse practitioners and physician assistants be deployed to provide rural primary care? PUBLICATION 03-01-2016
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