Independent NPs help provide access to care

Nurse practitioner Greg Swart opened his own practice after seven years at a medical clinic in Yakima, Wash., making him among the 7% of NPs who have struck out on their own in the state. Swart said starting his own family practice business was all about controlling his destiny and having more time with patients. "I think there's a huge role for nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurse midwives as we face the primary-care shortage in this county," said Anita Monoian, chief executive of Yakima Neighborhood Health Services.

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