Practice Management: Extending Care
Oversight requirements and best practices when working with physician extenders.By Tina O'Reilly According to the American Association of Physician Assistants, more than 85,000 certified physician assistants practice in the United States. That's more than double the number practicing 10 years ago. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners reports that 192,000 nurse practitioners are employed in the U.S., with an additional 14,000 completing their training annually. For many practice owners, such midlevel providers-also referred to as physician extenders -help boost their bottom lines while improving patient care.
PAs and NPs can enhance a medical aesthetic practice by spending more time with patients, providing additional availability for appointments and allowing for a tiered pricing structure. “PAs are a welcome addition to the office, as long as they have the proper training,” says dermatologist Dore Gilbert, MD, of Newport Dermatology & Laser Associates in Newport Beach,...
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