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Matrix Medical Network Recognizes the Role of Nurse Practitioners During National Nurse Practitioner Week

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matrix Medical Network® (Matrix), the leading provider of in-home health assessments, celebrated National Nurse Practitioner Week with a special recognition of the role Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have in the growing use of in-home care services. Matrix uses NPs to visit health plan members in their homes nationwide to provide personalized care that addresses big-picture healthcare needs from medication adherence to environmental factors that impact their overall wellbeing.

NPs are registered nurses who have earned a postgraduate nursing degree, typically a masters or doctorate. NPs can provide primary and some acute care, and are qualified to examine, diagnose, and treat patients, meeting the majority of patients' routine healthcare needs. According to the American Nurses Association, NPs are qualified to perform approximately 60 to 80 percent of primary and preventive care services.

NPs play a crucial role in making healthcare more accessible and affordable. The patient-centered training that NPs receive includes care coordination and sensitivity to the impact social, cultural, environment and family factors have on health. NPs blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions, with an emphasis on disease prevention and health management, and bring a comprehensive perspective to healthcare.

Matrix CEO Walt Cooper states that NPs have a significant and growing impact in the area of care management. "Retail clinics, community health centers and even today's hospitals all rely on NPs to evaluate and treat patients," said Mr. Cooper. "Matrix is connecting our Nurse Practitioners with health plan members in their own homes to engage and empower them to more actively manage their own health."

Nurse Practitioner Week, which runs through November 15, recognizes the more than 192,000 Nurse Practitioners, who provide high-quality, cost-effective, and comprehensive care to millions of Americans across the country. It's theme—The Nurse Practitioner, Your Partner in Health—aptly describes the role so many NPs play in today's healthcare system.

About Matrix Medical Network

Matrix Medical Network provides comprehensive in-home health assessments and care services for health plan members nationwide. Using an advanced technology platform, Matrix Nurse Practitioners are able to provide a growing range of in-home care services including laboratory and medication management. Health plans partner with Matrix for the highest-quality care and insights obtained in the home that can drive better healthcare outcomes. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Matrix has a multidisciplinary team including Nurse Practitioners located in local communities across the country. For more information, visit www.MatrixForMe.com.

CONTACT: Matrix Medical Network Media Contact Heather Rodgers office 480.862.1887 mobile 480.290.1196 hrodgers@matrixhealth.net

Source: Matrix Medical Network