The Affordable Care Act And The Utilization Of Nurse Practitioners

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The Affordable Care Act and the Utilization of Nurse Practitioners: A Policy Analysis
Stephen Zombil
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Abstract The face of healthcare has been changing over the last decade. The role of nurse practitioners has become ever more important. This paper conducts a policy analysis as a systematic investigation of alternative policy options, for the emerging nationalized healthcare plan and the increased use of nurse practitioners. It looks at the goals of nationalized healthcare 's use of nurse practitioners and discusses to what extent this policy meets these goals. This paper begins with a detailing of the problem addressed by the policy and the goals and objectives of nationalized
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It looks at the goals of nationalized healthcare 's use of nurse practitioners and discusses to what extent this policy meets these goals. This paper begins with a detailing of the problem addressed by the policy and the goals and objectives of nationalized healthcare 's increased use of nurse practitioners. Next, alternatives to meeting the increased needs of the health industry, other than through the use of nurse practitioners, is presented, along with an evaluation of the impact of these alternatives. Once an evaluation of alternatives is complete, these alternatives are then ranked in order of which would be most effective in meeting the needs of nationalized healthcare. Lastly, a discussion regarding monitoring the implemented policy is given.
Nationalized Healthcare Policy and Challenges The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama, on March 23rd, 2010 (Buppert, 2015). This historic piece of health care reform legislation is scheduled for implementation over a four-year period. The legislation was created to make sure that all American residents have access to quality, affordable health care and will create the transformation within the health care system necessary to contain costs (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, n.d.). There are nine primary components for this reform. These include: affordable health
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