Critical Analysis Of Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, And Community Health Centers

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Critical Analysis of “Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Community Health Centers under the Affordable Care Act”
Jennifer Yeh
AT Still University
24 July 2016

Critical Analysis of “Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Community Health Centers under the Affordable Care Act” The importance of the Affordable Care Act has had a dramatic affect on the health care system on both Americans and on providers. In a response to the increased demand for primary care services, the national network of community health centers will play an increasingly prominent role. Community health centers (CHCs) have a broad staffing model that focuses on physician-led teams and extensively utilizes physician assistants to increase capacity, improve access to care, reduce the costs of care, and improve patient outcomes. The article by Henry (2015) looks to investigate the relationship a physician assistant (PA) has with other providers, patients, and the community through CHCs. This is a critical analysis regarding the Affordable Care Act and PAs through Henry’s article.
Background
Physician assistants were introduced in the United States in 1965 to increase access to healthcare secondary to a shortage of primary care physicians. The first group of physician assistants consisted of four Navy corpsmen with extensive training in medical care through the Navy but who were not qualified to practice in the civilian sector. These four men underwent…
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