And four more news items for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CRNAs to peruse this week.
- In a press release issued last week, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners shared news on the passage of Public Law 34-78, which grants full practice authority to nurse practitioners (NPs) and an increase in healthcare access for patients throughout the U.S. territory of Guam. The announcement also conveys that the legislation adopts the national gold standard framework from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for NP licensure.
- A study published in Pediatrics shows a decrease in new physicians specializing in developmental and behavioral pediatrics despite the growing number of patients age 21 and under in need of care for multifaceted developmental and behavioral issues, reports Becker’s Hospital Review. Researchers surveyed 558 doctors and 125 NPs for the study, which names paperwork, complexity of patients’ conditions, and lack of clinical support among providers’ challenges in accepting new patients.
- Longevity insurance, a type of deferred income annuity that blends tax deferral with a future stream of income, can ensure you will have a guaranteed income for life. According to a recent article from Physician’s Money Digest, longevity insurance is underused in retirement planning, offers a different way for physicians to structure retirement income, may be purchased by lump sum or through a series of deposits, and is well worth considering.
- Earlier this year, Medscape published an article that asked the question, “Should doctors hug their patients?” In a follow-up piece, the site shares perspectives of physicians in favor of embracing patients when they feel it is appropriate or the patient initiates the gesture and perspectives of doctors opposed to hugging those for whom they provide care, believing it can affect the provider-patient relationship and has the potential to create risks.
- Correlates and outcomes of physician burnout at a large academic medical center were assessed for a study highlighted in a research letter featured in JAMA Internal Medicine last week, reports MedPage Today. The findings reveal more than a third of physicians at the Cleveland Clinic met criteria for overall burnout, which includes emotional exhaustion and depersonalization.