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Nurs Econ. 2008 Mar-Apr;26(2):75-83; quiz 84.

Cost of health care and quality outcomes of patients at nurse-managed clinics.

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  • 1Purdue University School of Nursing, West Lafayette, IN, USA.


Lack of health insurance is a critical factor in access to appropriate health services and is directly associated with poor functioning, increased morbidity and mortality, lack of continuity of care, and rising health care costs. Nurse-managed clinics (NMCs) can serve as an important safety net in the health care delivery system by offering needed health services to the poor and underinsured populations. Indicators of quality of care at NMCs include removing barriers to care, improving health care access, and developing therapeutic relationships with nurse practitioners. Much evidence also exists that nurse-managed clinics improve the use of preventative services, aid in the promotion of health, compliance of treatment and patient satisfaction, and reduce emergency room visits and rehospitalizations. One of the consistent themes in this review is the need for patient volume enhancement and the importance of reimbursement through Medicaid and third-party payers if nurse-managed clinics are to remain viable.

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