Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners Increases Access and Controls Cost

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Granting full practice authority to nurse practitioners is one of the most effective steps that states can take to increase the supply of primary care while maintaining high quality and driving down costs.

Together with the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and through the generous support of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation we took a look a what granting full practice authority to nurse practitioners means for states in dollars and cents. The first in a series of five, this brief quantifies the benefits to access, quality, and cost for the State of California that would stem from granting nurse practitioners full practice authority.

The results are eye-opening.