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Guardian increases disability insurance coverage for NPs, PAs

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, a mutual life insurer and a provider of individual disability income insurance, has announced new options for nurse practitioners and physician assistants interested in individual disability income insurance.
 
Under Guardian’s Special Limits for New Professionals Program for NPs and PAs, certified first-year NPs and PAs are now eligible for up to $10,000 in individual DI coverage without proof of income, and final year students can receive up to $6,000 in coverage. Among the fastest-growing occupations in the medical arena, these professions are expected to grow nearly 38% over the next eight years, compared with an 11% expected growth rate for all occupations.
 
"The educational requirements for NPs and PAs have increased considerably over the last few years, with many employers now requiring advanced degrees for these positions. New professionals often incur student loan debt that far exceeds their current income," said Gordon Dinsmore, SVP, disability income insurance. "Guardian now provides NPs and PAs with flexible, robust coverage that factors in their future income potential and protects against the financial impact of a disability.”

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AANP aims to bolster public, policymaker awareness of NPs via multimedia campaign

BY Antoinette Alexander

AUSTIN, Texas — Amid the 50th anniversary of the Nurse Practitioner degree program, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners has launched an integrated multimedia campaign to strengthen public and policymaker awareness of the critical role nurse practitioners play in delivering high-quality, affordable and accessible health care to millions of Americans.

"Nurse practitioners are leading the charge and growing the nation's access to patient-centered, accessible, high-quality health care," said AANP CEO Dave Hebert.  "We want every American to understand the commitment, education and clinical training these outstanding professionals have. AANP will continue to encourage legislation that removes barriers to nurse practitioner-delivered healthcare services."

The campaign, which will highlight the 50th anniversary of the NP degree program, will leverage media, broadcast television spots on "CNN New Day," "Fox and Friends," "CNBC Squawk Box," "Today," "Good Morning America," "Ellen," talk radio and in-person events.  AANP's television and radio ads will encourage consumers to visit NPFinder.com to locate an NP in their community.

"We are proud to recognize our 50 year track record as a profession. There is still work to be done to ensure patients have direct access to the full scope of care that NPs can provide. It's time to close the policy gap between the care that NPs are prepared to provide and the care that outdated state laws allow them to deliver," said AANP president Ken Miller.

Public relations and public affairs firm SevenTwenty Strategies, based in Washington, D.C, will manage the campaign in coordination with LAKPR in New York.

According to a recent AANP report, the number of nurse practitioners licensed in the United States has nearly doubled over the past 10 years, rising from approximately 106,000 in 2004 to more than 205,000 as of December 31, 2014. U.S. News and World Report ranked nurse practitioners as the second best overall job of 2015.

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Venezuela detains pharmacy executives for hoarding products

BY Michael Johnsen

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela has detained executives of one of the country's largest pharmacy chains for allegedly manufacturing shortages of basic necessities, Bloomberg Business reported Monday.  

Farmatodo CEO Pedro Luis Angarita and two other top managers are in custody, Bloomberg Business noted. 
 
According to the report, collapsing oil revenue has sharpened shortages of basic products. Farmatodo executives stand accused of hoarding and speculating in light of the product shortages. Venezuela has promised to increase state control of the distribution business.
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