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Nurse practitioners to play bigger role in health care

Galveston County Daily News, July 23, 2013

Andrea Wirt spends her days at UTMB treating patients for dementia, falls, weight loss, high blood pressure and other common ailments that afflict the elderly. She has a cadre of patients whom she sees regularly, making sure their golden years are as healthy as can be. But Wirt doesn’t have an M.D. after her name. Wirt is a nurse practitioner, and she and her colleagues are expected to play a key part in the health care industry of the future. In a study that could have far-reaching implications for health care in Texas, UTMB researchers found that as states relax laws concerning nurse practitioners, more patients are using them to supply needed primary care. [Note: Paid subscription required.]

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