Adding Advanced Practitioners to Your Primary Care Practice? Do Your Homework First
As physicians' schedules become more and more packed, some primary care practices have hired advanced practitioners (APs) to handle routine exams and other procedures. Here’s why it's important to do your homework before following this trend.
As physicians’ schedules become more and more packed, some primary care practices have hired advanced practitioners (APs), such as registered nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, to handle routine exams and other procedures. The result: physicians are free to focus on more complicated cases, and APs can provide a better (i.e., less rushed) experience for patients. While studies suggest this can be a beneficial move, both for patients and practices’ bottom lines, it requires careful planning and thought. Here’s what you should consider before adding APs to your staff.
With recent research pointing to a shortage of MDs over the next 10 years, physicians aren’t likely to see much relief anytime soon. Incorporating additional APs into your practice may be a viable solution, but do your homework first. At the same time, establish protocols for re-evaluating this approach at a later date. You want to be certain the addition of APs is a smart move for your practice, now and in the future.
How DS+B can help
- Financial analysis
To help you gauge your capacity and ultimately your need, we can conduct a financial analysis that sets the benefits against the cost.
- Operational modeling
How will you make it work? Through operational modeling, we can help you evaluate potential workflows.
- Quarterly review
To assist you in measuring progress, we follow up with quarterly reviews and analyses that examine both the operational (patient care and physician efficiency) and financial (profit and capacity) health of your practice.
For more information, contact Annette Dunn.