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Using Medicare Data to Assess Nurse Practitioner-Provided Care

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  • Catherine M. DesRoches
  • Jennifer Gaudet
  • Jennifer Perloff
  • Karen Donelan
  • Lisa I. Iezzoni
  • Peter Buerhaus
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    Abstract

    This study examines the geographic distribution and county characteristics of nurse practitioners (NPs) billing Medicare, compares the types and quantities of primary care services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by NPs and primary care physicians, and analyzes the characteristics of beneficiaries receiving primary care from each type of clinician. The study found approximately 45,000 NPs provided services to beneficiaries and billed under their own provider numbers in 2008. Aspects of NP practice patterns differed from those of primary care physicians, and NPs appeared more likely to provide services to disadvantaged Medicare beneficiaries.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 7992.

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    Date of creation: 30 Nov 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:7992

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    Keywords: Advanced Practice Nurse; Medicare; Patient Characteristics;

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