What is the value of adding a mid-level practitioner to a medical office?

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Lauren Dierlam

What exactly is a mid-level practitioner? They are licensed medical professionals who practice medicine as part of a team, and they include Physician Assistants (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP). While there are differences in training and regulations between the two professions, both are dedicated to delivering high-quality patient care with compassion and understanding. You may have encountered a mid-level practitioner in many different medical settings including: hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient primary care offices, and outpatient speciality offices. PAs and NPs may practice general medicine or specialize.

What are the benefits of a mid-level practitioner? Mid-level practitioners perform comprehensive physical examinations, order appropriate lab tests and imaging, interpret results, as well as diagnose and treat in the same manner as a Medical Doctor (MD). One major value that a mid-level will add to a practice is their ability to work in a team. This allows the PA or NP to coordinate care with every individual on the patient’s medical team in order to provide the highest quality care. Mid-levels excel in communication both between medical professionals and the patient. By providing their patients with easy-to-understand information they empower their patients and allow them to take control of their health. In summary, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are skilled medical professionals that are easily accessible in the community and are dedicated to providing quality and compassionate patient care.

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