Data Snapshot: ED Patients Seen by PAs, NPs, and Physicians

February 1, 2014 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​As the number of patients being seen in the emergency department (ED) has increased over the past 20 years, understaffing of all types of providers has been a top risk management concern. To help fill this void, nonphysician providers such as physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are increasingly seeing ED patients, sometimes without subsequent physician follow-up. “Figure. Providers Who Saw ED Patients, 2000 and 2010” shows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data on the increasing proportion of those visits.

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