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VBCR - December 2015, Volume 4, No 6 - Value Propositions

Nevada has passed a new law designed to help recruit healthcare professionals to the state. As of July 1, the Expedited Licensure Bill allows medical professionals who are licensed and in good standing in another state to receive a license to practice in Nevada within 60 days. The expedited licensing law applies to physicians and to nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, and therapists. Officials hope the law will appeal to physicians who want to relocate and encourage them to move to Nevada.

Larry Matheis, former Executive Director of the Nevada State Medical Association, expects unprecedented growth in the number of residents seeking healthcare through Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Nevada will also see the opening of 2 new medical schools by 2017. Mr Matheis recognizes “...an immediate need to recruit practicing and experienced physicians to these schools as faculty and to our metropolitan and rural communities to provide specialty services for Nevada patients.”

According to Vance Farrow, Health and Medical Industry Specialist in the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Nevada has “slightly over half the number of rheumatologists we need to have compared with the national average.” He said, “We are really in recruitment mode for fields such as rheumatology.” Ferraro G. Nevada Business Magazine website. www.nevadabusiness.com/2015/09/nevada-governors-office-economic-development-unveils-expedited-licensure-bill-medical-professionals/. September 24, 2015. Quinn R. The Rheumatologist website. www.the-rheumatologist.org/article/60-days-to-a-reciprocal-medical-license-in-nevada/. October 14, 2015.

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