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The increase in the number of insured individuals due to the Affordable Care Act has led hospitals and medical practices to increase their use of non-physician clinicians to lessen the burden created by the increase. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are increasingly deployed to address a host of issues, from the inadequate number of primary care physicians and underserved populations with greater needs for primary care services to demands for cost effectiveness and greater patient satisfaction. There are major differences between state laws governing nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Health systems, other health care facilities, and medical practices need to understand these differences if they wish to make use of these and other ancillary providers (APs). Ancillary Providers in Health Care: A Primer can help guide you as you advise your clients on their state's regulations.

Coverage includes:
• Scope of practice for nurse practitioners and physician assistants
• Clinical privileging of APs
• The relevant rules and documentation requirements for AP billing
• Liability issues for AP practices
• Useful state-by-state charts for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and complementary and alternative medicine providers

Anyone needing to know how each state regulates APs will find Ancillary Providers in Health Care: A Primer to be a useful starting point for their research.

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Table of Contents

1      Scope of Practice 

2      Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants—Practice Setting and Organization Issues

3      Clinical Privileging of Ancillary Providers

4      Reimbursement Methods for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

5      Liability Issues in Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Practice

6      Pharmacist Collaborative Practice Services

7      State Regulation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Providers

Table of Cases

Table of Statutes

Index