Here is a sample comment posted on a mostly doctors-only discussion thread. The term “midlevels” refers to nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
“Is it my imagination or is the line between midlevels and physicians in office-based practice becoming nonexistent? FNPs can practice without a doctor on site, as long as one is available to back them up and sign their charts. They can bill using their own UPIN numbers, and Medicare reimburses them at 85% of the physician rate. In my community, some list themselves with physicians in the Yellow Pages under Family Medicine. Some are busier than the FPs. And a few don’t correct their patients when they refer to them as ‘Doctor.'”