Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association

New Evidence NPs Filling the Primary Care Shortage Gap

Posted over 2 years ago by ANPA Admin

New Study Shows 20,626 NPs graduate in 2016 vs. 2,044 MD Residency Matches for Primary Care

Primary Care Workforce: The Need To Remove Barriers For Nurse Practitioners And Physicians

Joanne Pohl, Anne Thomas, Debra Barksdale, and Kitty Werner in Health Affairs Blog at:

October 26, 2016

  • "The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis of shortages as high as 20,400 physicians by 2020."
  • In sum, in 2016 there were 2,044 U.S. medical student graduates matched to primary care specialties."
  • "The combined total of 2016 allopathic and osteopathic U.S. primary care matches was 2,699."
  • "If one compares the percentage of NPs choosing primary care education (87 percent) to the 12 percent of U.S. NRMP residency matches choosing primary care and the 30 percent of U.S. AOA/osteopathic matches choosing primary care this year, the differences are stunning. Equally stunning is the 3,500 increase of NPs completing primary care programs, versus the addition of 144 more U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical school graduate primary care matches."
  • "There are now 21 states (42 percent) and the District of Columbia with full practice authority — that is, they allow NPs to practice fully under their own licenses without unnecessary requirements for physician supervision. Many other states have bills in their state legislatures attempting to move in that direction. Each year that we publish the resident match data and NP graduation rates, we ask: “How could the few additional primary care physicians (144 this year) ‘supervise’ or meet some state requirements for oversight of 3,500 new primary care NPs graduates?” Each new physician would need to be “supervising” 24 new NP graduates."