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Susanne J. Phillips, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Susanne J. Phillips, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

  • Clinical Professor
  • Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Coordinator
  • Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing
  • University of California, Irvine
  • Irvine, California
Infectious Disease Update – Novel Community-acquired Human Coronavirus: CDC Guidelines for Providers

Infectious Disease Update – Novel Community-acquired Human Coronavirus: CDC Guidelines for Providers

As we know, there is currently no vaccine or specific treatment for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first reported from Wuhan, China. CDC screening recommendations include obtaining a detailed travel history for patients presenting with flu-like symptoms: fever and cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. Risk for 2019-nCoV is increased in those who have a history of travel from Wuhan up to 14 days prior to symptom onset, or have had close contact with a person who is under inve... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health

Infectious Disease Update – Novel Community-acquired Human Coronavirus

Infectious Disease Update – Novel Community-acquired Human Coronavirus

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, Chinese authorities closed Wuhan's airports, train stations, bus stations, and ports. By now, several other citie... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health

CMS Final Rule: NP and PA Preceptor Documentation Updates – Success!

CMS Final Rule: NP and PA Preceptor Documentation Updates – Success!

On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, which will positively affe... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends

Multi-agency Information for Patients and Providers: e-Cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)

Multi-agency Information for Patients and Providers: e-Cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)

By now, we have all heard the news concerning the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping and have likely received a myriad of updates in our ever-growing e-mail... Continue Reading

Filed under: Public Health, Pulmonary Medicine

'Tis the Flu Season! 2020 Influenza Updates

'Tis the Flu Season! 2020 Influenza Updates

On August 23, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of t... Continue Reading

Filed under: Preventive Medicine, Public Health

Update: State Regulatory Environment for Opioid Prescribing

Update: State Regulatory Environment for Opioid Prescribing

As prescribers for patients with acute and chronic pain in primary care, NPs and PAs are very much aware of the national opioid epidemic, including ways in w... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, NPs & PAs, Substance Abuse

Telehealth Policy Update—A National Resource for Advanced Practice Providers

Telehealth Policy Update—A National Resource for Advanced Practice Providers

Telehealth is a method of enhancing delivery of health services, including diagnosis and monitoring of acute and chronic conditions, counseling, therapy, and... Continue Reading

Filed under: Practice Management/Career

Nutrition Recommendations for Prevention or Delaying Onset of Dementia and Cognitive Decline

Nutrition Recommendations for Prevention or Delaying Onset of Dementia and Cognitive Decline

In 2015, researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston published results of their prospective study... Continue Reading

Filed under: Preventive Medicine

Team-Based Care: Latest Data on Family Physician, PA, and NP Practices

Team-Based Care: Latest Data on Family Physician, PA, and NP Practices

A recent study published in Family Medicine demonstrates the positive impact on practice capacity and scope of practice of family physicians (FPs) w... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends

Preceptors and Tax Credits—Interprofessional Policy Change

Preceptors and Tax Credits—Interprofessional Policy Change

This blog is information only and not to be construed for legal tax advice—you must consult your tax professional regarding personal tax advice. Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, NPs & PAs

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