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Non-Physician Provider

What are non-physician providers?

Non-physician providers are healthcare professionals who offer medical services and are not doctors. Non-physician providers often work alongside and under the direction of physicians.  

Some examples of non-physician providers include: 

The amount of required schooling usually differs between physicians and non-physician providers. There are also coding and billing distinctions between services provided by physicians and non-physicians.  

Why are non-physician providers important to healthcare?

Non-physician providers are important because they offer critical patient-centered medical care. They also help support physicians in their roles. Many non-physician providers act as patient advocates, educate the public and provide more flexible scheduling.