physician extender

physician extender

a health care provider who is not a physician but who performs medical activities typically performed by a physician. It is most commonly a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

physician extender

A popular term for a trained health professional who provides quasi-autonomous health care under a particular physician's license Examples Physician assistant, nurse practitioner, etc. See Physician assistant, Nurse, Nurse practitioner.

phy·si·cian ex·tend·er

(fi-zish'ŭn eks-ten'dĕr)
A specially trained and licensed person who performs tasks that might otherwise be performed by physicians themselves, under the direction of a supervising physician. Examples include nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

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Q. What is a physician assistant? What are the differences betwwen it and MD? My son want to be a doctor (MD). I think it might be to hard for him. I know that there is something called physician assistant can someone elaborate more about this profession?

A. physician assistant are just like full doctors except they need a MD to sign some of the forms they have.
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I know that most health care professionals object to the term, but the report states that 66 percent to 87 percent of consumers feel comfortable seeing a physician extender, that is, a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
Use of terms such as mid-level provider and physician extender.
For integrated health systems, the physician extender models manifest across clinical specialties.
Tripuranemi contended that the responsibilities that might be entrusted to a physician extender already have been spread out among other professionals who currently practice in radiation oncology.
Skilled nursing facilities can help counter the negative perception of the industry and its regulatory ramifications by following appropriate care coupled with defensive documentation by the facility's interdisciplinary team (nurse, social worker, physician, therapist, dietitian, physician extender, and other professionals).
Each of these can act as a physician extender, but each is unique in terms of qualifications, scope of practice, malpractice coverage, and/or the ability to bill for his/her services.
Among the roughly 65 percent of sites that had physician extenders, the average site employed one physician extender for every four to six physicians.
Most often the charge is the same whether you see a physician extender or a physician.
8) The oncology physician assistant (PA) model also has developed, although some radiation therapy leaders believe that radiation therapy treatments should continue to be delivered by radiation therapists--at the appropriate practice level--rather than by a nontherapist physician extender.
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The median wait in practices where physician extenders provided Botox was 6 days for an appointment with a physician extender or 10 days to get Botox from the dermatologist, reported the investigators.
Female sex and health care provider role as a physician extender were the only physician characteristics that were positively associated with the use of backup prescriptions.

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