Pennsylvania’s Need for Nurse Practitioners Just Got Greater.  

In January 2015, an additional 500,000 Pennsylvanians became eligible for Medicaid coverage through the Healthy PA program.  With the shortage of Primary Care Physicians available, Nurse Practitioners such as those affiliated with HOPE Extended Care are part of the solution.  Recently the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on legislative measures endorsed by the PA Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.

What’s a ‘Nurse Practitioner’?

Many people are just learning about the roles of Nurse Practitioners. Recently US News & World Report published a helpful overview of how NPs fill a critical niche in the healthcare system. HOPE seeks to supplement attending physicians, not replace them. For more information on how we fit in…

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2014/06/10/9-things-to-know-about-nurse-practitioners

Continuity of Care Proven to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Marymount Hospital near Cleveland, OH is taking proactive measures to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions. In 2013 they introduced Nurse Care Advocates to serve as liaisons for discharged patients who had experienced heart failure. The Advocates’ roles were mainly administrative in nature as they made follow-up calls to ensure that care, nutrition, and medication directives were being followed. As a result, readmission rates of the heart failure patients declined 26%.

In a similar manner, HOPE serves as the bridge between hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, and patients, only we’re in position to provide actual, on-going medical care. For more information on Marymount’s success, read their case history published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation…

http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/newsroom/newsroom-content/2013/02/hiring-a-nurse-care-advocate-to-coordinate-heart-failure-care.html