Extend your reach with nonphysician providers
Abstract: One way to improve patient services and increase patient satisfaction is to hire nonphysician providers (NPPs) to fill the gaps. There are two primary categories of NPPs: physician assistants and nurse practitioners. This article lists typical services an NPP can provide, including coordinating health education, patient counseling and patient care; performing physical exams; and taking patient histories. In addition to explaining appropriate billing practices, the article notes that, while NPPs aren’t right for every practice, if handled well they can serve both patients’ and physicians’ needs, leading to better allocation of therapeutic resources.