Mid-level providers, such as Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) are an integral part of the medical team, working autonomously under the supervision of physicians to diagnose, manage, and treat a variety of medical conditions in settings such as primary care, surgery, and various subspecialties including gastroenterology.
At Gastro Health, PAs and NPs diagnose and treat a wide range of digestive and liver diseases. As highly trained licensed medical providers, NPs and PAs evaluate patients in both office and hospital settings. They perform physical exams and also order and interpret tests that include necessary labs, imaging, and procedures. They also prescribe medications to treat various medical conditions. Mid-level providers are fundamental in educating patients on their illnesses, as well as counseling patients on the importance of screening tests such as colonoscopies.
In the upcoming years, medical institutions will certainly see an increasing number of patients due to a growing population and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This will create an even greater demand on quality health care providers. With the expansion of health care, PAs and NPs will continue to play a key role as part of the health care team. Through preventative care, mid-level providers can focus on promoting health in a cost-effective way, while continuing to provide exceptional health care to patients alongside their physician counterparts.