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Family Physicians and Physician Assistants: Team-Based Family Medicine
Integrated Practice Arrangements
Non-Physician Providers (NPPs), Guidelines on Supervision of Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
Payment, Non-Physician Providers
Provider, Use of the Term (Position Paper)
Resources pertaining to the training, education and scope of practice of NPs and other health care professionals
The AAFP position is that the physician assistant should only practice in an integrated practice arrangement under the direction and responsible supervision of a practicing, licensed physician. In no instance may duties be delegated to a physician assistant for which the supervising physician does not have the appropriate training, education and demonstrated competence.
The AAFP position is that the training programs preparing physician assistants, like the training programs for all health care providers, should be constantly monitored to assure the quality of training provided and that the number of graduates reflects demonstrated needs.
The AAFP supports the concept of patient and third-party payment for services of physician assistants only where services are provided in an integrated practice arrangement and all payment for his/her services should be through the supervising physician. (1984) (2009 CoD)