It can make sense to add a midlevel provider to a practice, but midlevels aren't for everyone.
This article will outline the steps you need to take before-and after-you decide to hire a midlevel.
Begin by checking out state regulations and reimbursement rules for midlevel providers. It's important to find out what clinical services a PA or NP can provide and how much supervision is required. For example, states vary in allowing midlevels to write prescriptions or order tests. Some states have stiff oversight regulations that require a physician to be on-site whenever the midlevel is seeing patients. These variances also exist between a PA and NP, which may affect which one you decide to pursue.
Look at the numbers to determine whether adding a midlevel makes economic sense. Here are a few questions that need to be answered: