The aging adult population is rapidly growing and anticipated to make up 20% of our entire population by 20301. This growth means the current Medicare population of over 42 million2 will rise to nearly 753 million in the coming years. This demand will require a supply for more providers, especially nurse practitioners as more and more become the primary provider of services in all practice settings.
Among the Medicare population, 45% are living with three or more chronic conditions3.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The State of Aging and Health in America 2013. Atlanta,GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2013.
2. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Medicare Enrollment Reports, 2013 SMI Trend Table. Baltimore, MD: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2014.
3. Umans, Ben and Nonnemaker, K. Lynn PhD. Fact Sheet 149: The Medicare Beneficiary Population. Washington, DC: AARP Public Policy Institute; 2009.
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