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May 2022 - Volume 47 - Issue 5
pp: 9-48

Editor's Memo


Advocacy in Practice


UpToDate: What's New


Medication Update



INFECTIOUS DISEASE: NCPD Connection


Measles: Moving toward eradication

Feutz, Kristi; Shirey, Deborah

The Nurse Practitioner. 47(5):14-20, May 2022.

Measles is a vaccine-preventable, highly contagious virus once considered eradicated in the US. It is still a significant source of morbidity and mortality for children under 5 years of age worldwide. Advanced practice registered nurses are on the frontlines of reducing the spread of disease and educating the community on measles prevention.

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: NCPD Connection


How NPs can eliminate practice barriers to intrauterine device use

Bach, Susan; Heavey, Elizabeth

The Nurse Practitioner. 47(5):22-30, May 2022.

Barriers to intrauterine device use include cost, absence of qualified providers, the lack of simplified insertion protocols, cultural hesitation, and misconceptions of appropriateness of use. This article outlines how NPs can eliminate practice barriers to intrauterine device use and prevent unintended pregnancy.

CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE


Tetralogy of Fallot: A case study and billing and coding perspective using the 2021 updated fee schedule

Chase, Julia R.; Fliehman, Maci; LeGal, Michael; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 47(5):32-38, May 2022.

The Physician Fee Schedule was updated in 2021 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A case study on Tetralogy of Fallot, the most common cyanotic congenital heart defect, is presented with guidance in billing the office visit to reflect the current guidelines.

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT


Impact of NP follow-up calls on reducing 30-day readmissions in patients with stroke

Hwang, Pauline J.

The Nurse Practitioner. 47(5):39-46, May 2022.

Hospital readmissions are major contributors to increased healthcare costs and lower quality of life. Despite advanced stroke care, patients who have experienced a stroke require ongoing follow-up care to prevent complications and hospital readmissions. We evaluated the impact of NP follow-up calls, providing another level of expertise to promptly identify new symptoms and complications, on readmission rates in patients who have experienced stroke.