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Chris Barry
November 3, 2011 Communications Coordinator
850-222-5052, ext. 32

TALLAHASSEE — Florida has the potential to save millions in healthcare costs
annually while maintaining high-quality healthcare delivery by removing administrative
and legislative barriers for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) and
Physicians Assistants (PAs), a new Florida TaxWatch study finds.

Senator Mike Bennett (R-Manatee), a champion for ARNP prescribing in the Florida
Senate, said of the report, “Florida TaxWatch says that ARNP prescribing will save
Floridians approximately $339 million a year. I don’t think the Legislature can ignore
savings like that. The doctors and the nurses need to come to agreement on this
important issue and focus on the best and most cost-effective way to treat patients.”

“Florida ARNPs and PAs are capable of taking on a significant amount of primary care
functions for Floridians, without needing to work directly under a physician,” said
Dominic M. Calabro, Florida TaxWatch President and CEO. “Across the country, medical
clinics in which ARNPs provide the majority of care have reported substantial cost
savings in healthcare delivery.”

The two main recommendations in the TaxWatch report are allowing ARNPs and PAs to
prescribe controlled substances either collaboratively with a physician or independently,
and bill Medicaid and insurance providers directly, allowing for a lower overall
reimbursement rate for primary care services.

“Florida has the opportunity to significantly reduce healthcare costs for taxpayers,”
Calabro said. “This report reveals that up to $46 million in savings for Medicaid and
state-sponsored health insurance could be realized through these changes. We can no
longer afford to under-utilize these medical professionals, who are fully capable of
providing quality primary care services to Floridians at a lower cost than physicians
must charge."

Brian Keeley, CEO, Baptist Health South Florida, commented on the report, “Miami-
Dade County and the state as a whole suffer a severe shortage of access to primary
care physicians, especially for Medicaid patients. The time has come for intelligent and
fundamental change in the primary care delivery model.”
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