Is the term mid-level provider offensive? Yes, yes it is. And worse yet it’s not an accurate description of the care provided by PAs and NPs. So where did the term mid-level provider or mid-level practitioner come from and what should we be saying instead? Let’s start with the origin of the term itself.
The great English scientist Isaac Newton is credited with saying: “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” This site began as a bridge of sorts. But there’s a new bridge everyone is talking about: a physician assistant to nurse practitioner bridge.
A state-by-state breakdown of advances in Optimal Team Practice laws since January 2019.
Optimal Team Practice (OTP) is the current battle cry for PAs focused on the future of the profession. But before OTP, there was FPAR or Full Practice Authority and Responsibility. Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably. At other times, they seem to be in opposition. What is full practice authority, …
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.”