"Many nurse-managed health centers see patients, diagnose them, treat them, manage them and write prescriptions without any involvement from physicians. If a reimbursement model requires physician leadership those nurse-managed health centers close and the patients who get their care at those sites can no longer get care."
Kopanos says it is well established that not all care regimens require a physician's input, which otherwise adds needless costs and wastes resources for an already short-staffed national healthcare workforce.
"Team-based care is centered on the needs of the patient and the providers who can best meet that care. We have a multitude of providers, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physical therapists, behavioral health experts, who at certain times based on the needs of the patient may be the best ones to lead the team for what that patient needs," she says.
"When we artificially move the licensure or reimbursement to one particular profession we are shortchanging the patients' ability to get the provider they need and to utilize our workforce more efficiently to take care of patients."