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mid-level provider

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Definition: A mid-level provider, sometimes referred to simply as a "mid-level", is a clinical medical professional who provides patient care under the supervision of a physician. Mid-levels include nurse practitioners (NP), physician assistants (PA), and CRNAs. Mid-level providers can examine patients, diagnose them, and provide some treatments, all of which must be signed off by a supervising licensed physician.

Mid-levels are referred to as such, because they are somewhat "in between" physicians and less qualified nurses, techs, and allied professionals in the level of healthcare they are licensed to adminster. Mid-levels have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and most have also completed graduate or master's level education.

Also Known As: physician extenders

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