At its foundation, health care involves preventing, diagnosing and treating patients to alleviate or cure an illness, injury or disease.
Our patients expect a doctor – the member of the health care team with unmatched training and experience – to guide their care. Doctors have the education and expertise necessary to understand the importance of having each team member working within their training and ability to best ensure patient safety and the highest quality of care.
Our goal is to protect the health of patients by keeping doctors involved in their care and at the helm of the health care team.
Every professional on a health care team at your doctor’s office or in the hospital has a unique and valuable role to play that is defined by their education and training, but every health care team needs a leader. Doctors bring the highest level of training and preparation to the team. Because of this, they’re fully equipped to guide other members.
Meanwhile, non-doctor practitioners on the team, such as physician assistants, advanced practice nurses/nurse practitioners, behavioral health providers and nurse anesthetists, are focused on providing care that is within their scope of practice and consistent with their education and training.