Over the last several years, states around the country have been updating practice laws and passing various elements of Optimal Team Practice or OTP. The most recent of those are Iowa and Maine, where in Maine for example, PAs working in a clinic or hospital where a physician is employed …
Optimal Team Practice, or OTP, is the term given to a 2017 policy supported by the American Academy of PAs that calls for, among other things, the removal of the state-level requirement for a physician to go on record as the supervisor of a PA.
“We PAs duly, and rightfully, acknowledge that we are not physicians, we are not trained to the same overall standards and requirements physicians are. We are not claiming to be able to replace physicians — who we need as much as the patients do.”
So I had a cool experience the other day… I was talking with a patient and her spouse about some of their concerns which included chronic back pain and spinal stenosis as well as anxiety and depression.