Healthcare conference in Virginia discusses important role of nurse practitioners

Earlier this month, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce sponsored a conference on the state's healthcare system, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. This meeting was entitled Transforming Healthcare Through Effective Partnerships, and was attended by more than 500 medical professionals and business leaders, including the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP).

The conference was focused on addressing the changes that the Virginia healthcare system will undergo as new federal regulations are put into effect. Attendees brainstormed ways to reduce the healthcare costs for business and make insurance policies more affordable. Relying more heavily on the work of nurse practitioners was one strategy that was discussed.

According to the VCNP, more than 6 million individuals visit nurse practitioners each year. Based on surveys conducted by the organization, patients are satisfied with the level of care they receive from these healthcare professionals, and report fewer emergency room and hospital visits as a result of their treatment. This translates into lower healthcare costs.

At the conclusion of the conference, the VCNP urged business owners to embrace the use of nurse practitioners as a solution to high cost healthcare premiums. The VCNP is currently in talks with the Medical Society of Virginia to increase patients' access to these important medical professionals.

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