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:
Clinical nurse specialists
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.