VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 5, 2016) - The BC Nurse Practitioner Association (BCNPA) has developed a comprehensive plan to more fully integrate nurse practitioners (NP) into the provincial health care system with the launch of a transformative new model for primary health care, BCNPA President Kathleen Fyvie announced today.
"After more than ten years of nurse practitioners in B.C., NPs are still struggling to fit into the healthcare system in a way that can provide the best access and outcomes for British Columbians," said Fyvie. "We recognize that this is a complex situation, and have taken the initiative to bring together some of B.C.'s leading NP researchers and policymakers to develop a plan that will provide government with clear direction on how to effectively and efficiently make better use of NPs throughout the province."
Primary Care Transformation in British Columbia: A New Model to Integrate Nurse Practitioners is a collaborative document which pulls together current research, relevant models and innovative new ideas, to introduce a uniquely B.C. solution which will ensure all British Columbians can access NPs as primary care providers, and launch a number of flexible options for communities, clinics and health authorities who want to make better use of these highly skilled professionals.
Recognizing that existing fee-for-service options are prohibitive to NP practice and comprehensive team based care, the plan proposes two distinct funding models, with accompanying examples and case studies, to guide the work and help provide health system planners with concrete solutions for integrating NPs in B.C. In addition, the document lists five recommendations, which will facilitate momentum towards achieving this new model:
"All British Columbians should have access to a regular, consistent primary care provider," said Natasha Prodan-Bhalla, VP, BCNPA. "The model we have proposed will make NPs accessible to everyone and lead to a healthier population in the long-term. We are looking forward to working closely with the Ministry of Health and Health Authorities to bring this plan to fruition."
Visit https://bcnpa.org/wp-content/uploads/BCNPA_PHC_Model_FINAL-November-2-2016.pdf to review the full document.
The BC Nurse Practitioner Association is an independent, non-profit professional organization that represents the unique perspectives and needs of nurse practitioners in the province.