May 17, 2024
Providers | Tea Leaves
  • Nurse practitioners (NPs) have become integral in primary care, assuming tasks traditionally handled by doctors; however, a new trend sees NPs and physician assistants (PAs) increasingly entering specialty practices like cardiology and dermatology, expanding their skills and earning potential. This shift raises concerns about the future of primary care, which relies on NPs to alleviate physician shortages. Atul Grover from the Association of American Medical Colleges highlights the disparity in salaries between primary care and specialty practices. Despite initial expectations for NPs to predominantly enter primary care, only 30 percent are doing so, according to a 2024 primary care scorecard. (Article here)