APP Position Statements: What We Believe
There are a number of issues impacting healthcare today, with many varying opinions. As a company committed to transparency, we are proud to share our position on a number of these “hot topics” in healthcare. Our commitment to our mission is unwavering: our goal is to support our physicians and advanced practice clinicians (APCs) in the delivery of safe, compassionate, and efficient care to every patient, every time. The choices we make—and the actions we take—as a company are rooted in service to that mission and our core values of being a patient-centered, physician-centric, partnership-driven, and leadership-focused company. We agree with the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) statement that calls on all of us within emergency medicine—all practice models—to work together to evolve our profession so we can provide the best possible care for our patients.
Position Statement 1: Use of APCs in staffing
American Physician Partners believes physician assistants and nurse practitioners (APCs) play a vital role in providing high-quality medical care to emergency patients, and we support their use in a blended team model led by emergency medicine physicians. We believe physician-only staffing models are not sustainable in today’s market, as all practices face restricted reimbursement from payers. Our goal is to optimize the staffing model to afford us the opportunity to provide highly competitive compensation for our physicians and APCs while reducing subsidies for our hospital partners, who are also struggling with declining reimbursement. It has been our experience that most emergency medicine physicians want to practice to the highest level of their capabilities, focusing on higher-acuity patients and providing oversight to APCs who can care for lower-acuity patients. Affording them the opportunity to do so contributes to physicians’ professional satisfaction, overall wellness, and career longevity, and is one of the reasons APP enjoys one of the highest satisfaction rates and highest retention rates in the industry.