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Nurses to Play a Greater Role in Healthcare

Los Angeles County is expanding a program in which nurse practitioners serve as primary care providers as a way to cut costs, reduce unnecessary hospital visits and meet regulations.

Savinh Pouv wears a white coat, treats patients and is considered a primary care provider at the Los Angeles County clinic where she works — but she is not a doctor.

That does not matter to Maria Avalos. What matters, the 55 year-old homemaker said, is that when she comes to the Long Beach clinic to get treated for her diabetes, she always sees Pouv, a nurse practitioner.

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