What Is An Advanced Practice Provider?
An advanced practice provider (APP) is a medical professional with advanced degrees that can perform some of the same duties as physicians. Advanced practice providers, also referred to as mid-level providers (MLP), serve a vital role in the healthcare profession. APPs perform a variety of duties including conducting physical and post-operative exams, refer patients to specialists, and deliver babies. APPs work at facilities like hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, and emergency rooms.
Types of Advanced Practice Providers
APPs work alongside physicians and other healthcare personnel to care for patients. APPs are usually certified and hold licenses to practice in the state. Physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (NP) are commonly found in emergency rooms. Sometimes, these professionals are the first point of contact for the patient after intake.
What are the benefits of APPs in emergency departments?
Research shows that having APPs in a healthcare facility increases productivity and care outcomes for patients. With APPs in the emergency room, physicians aren’t bombarded with patients and can distribute time evenly among cases. In addition to helping with treatment, MLPs can also process patient records. This helps reduce wait times in the ER and allows personnel to attend to other duties. These providers can diagnose patients and also develop treatment plans which allow APPs to prescribe medication. Furthermore, these ED providers also order and interpret lab tests and diagnostic services. Therefore, these healthcare professionals can perform the majority of the services emergency room patients need before discharge.
Should hospitals hire more APPs?
Emergency rooms should consider hiring more APPs to supplement physicians. Typically, APPs work under the guidance of a physician but physicians don’t have to be there every step of the way. Physicians are actively involved in the APP training and hiring process. Physicians act as collaborators working alongside APPs and can only sign off on the patient’s chart if the physician is directly involved in patient care. APPs contribute a lot to a healthcare facility and are a worthwhile investment for emergency departments.