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Assistant Physicians in Missouri

In May, 2017, the 99th Missouri General Assembly passed a provision that will provide some much needed relief to the primary care provider shortage in the state of Missouri.  As soon as the provision is signed by the governor, there will be a new healthcare provider designation – Assistant Physician.  You read that right!  I’m not mistakenly talking about Physician Assistants, this is a brand new category of heath care providers.

Missouri currently has 225 primary care physician shortage areas, including more than 25% of Missourians.  This means more than 1.5 million people in Missouri do not have ready access to a primary care physician.  Enter Assistant Physicians!

Licensure

In order to apply for licensure as an Assistant Physician, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Graduate from an accredited medical school (MD or DO)
  • Be a resident of the United States or a legal resident alien
  • Successfully complete Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE within 2 years of application*
  • Have not completed residency within 2 years of application*
  • Have proficiency in the English language

*there is an inserted provision which says any medical school graduate who could have applied for a license and complied with the above qualifications between August 28, 2014 and August 28, 2017 can apply and be deemed in compliance

Practice as an Assistant Physician

  • Within six months of licensure, you must enter into an Assistant Physician – Physician Collaborating Practice Arrangement
  • You may ONLY provide primary care
  • You may ONLY practice in medically underserved rural or urban areas.
  • You must clearly identify yourself to patients as an Assistant Physician and may use the terms “doctor”, “Dr.” or “doc”.
  • You must renew your license every three years and
  • You must comply with CME requirements

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Texas Nurse Practitioners Moving Closer to Full Practice Authority in 2017

Will 2017 be the year that Texas Nurse Practitioners gain full practice authority?  For the first time in Texas legislative history, a House Committee heard testimony regarding full practice authority of Nurse Practitioners (Advanced Practice Registered Nurses).  This is a critical step in getting the legislation to the House floor for a vote!

HB1415 was authored by Representative Stephanie Klick of North Richland Hills and had the support of 22 fellow Representatives. Prior to her election in 2012, Rep. Klick was a practicing Nurse, Nurse Supervisor and Nursing Consultant. This bill is a reflection of her belief that Nurse Practitioners in Texas should be free to practice to the full extent of their education and expertise. Full practice authority of Nurse Practitioners is already the law in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

The goal of the bill is to provide greater access to health care, particularly in rural and medically under-served parts of the state.  Nurse Practitioners are a high-quality, cost-effective way to solve the critical shortage of primary care providers in Texas.  Allowing Nurse Practitioners to provide primary care to patients without the requirement that they first enter into a contract with a physician will bring health care to those who need it most!

At MedicalRecruiting.com, we strive to #CareForHealthcare and believe that full authority practice for Nurse Practitioners in Texas is long-overdue!

Chelsea Owens, JD
chelsea@medicalrecruiting.com
903-530-0602

 

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Strategic Merger of TMA Healthcare and MedicalRecruiting.com

TMA Healthcare StaffingFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19th, 2016

Kevin Kirkpatrick                     

MedicalRecruiting.com

905-419-0222

kevin@medicalrecruiting.com

 

MedicalRecruiting.com and TMA Healthcare Staffing Strategically Merge

Expanding Healthcare Recruitment Services Across North America

Toronto, Ontario and Tyler, Texas: Canada based recruiting and staffing company TMA Healthcare Staffing has strategically merged with U.S. based MedicalRecruiting.com to provide recruitment services across boarders in North America. The organization will continue to operate under the well-known MedicalRecruiting.com brand while providing stronger support to hospitals, clinics, government entities and private organizations throughout the United States and Canada. The merger brings together experienced recruiters that can navigate the similarities and differences of the two models of healthcare.

Kevin Kirkpatrick, Founder and CEO of TMA joins the leaderhip team and expresses the motivation behind the merger by saying, “Merging with Medicalrecruiting.com brings a larger defined medical recruiting model with a large investment in technology that will enable greater relationships”

Blake Moser, CEO of MedicalRecruiting.com states, “As the baby-boomer generation ages we are are seeing an increased hiring demand for healthcare professionals in both countries. The merger of TMA with MedicalRecruiting.com allows us to combine resources, technology, and contacts to lead more professionals to the employers that are seeking to provide high-level quality care to patients.”

Highlights of the merger:

  • Combined teams include over 30 years of healthcare recruitment experience.
  • A proprietary contact database of over 500,000 healthcare professionals.
  • Continuity between recruiting in the United States and Canada.
  • A unique team approach to recruiting using proven methods from project management, marketing, and sales.

About MedicalRecruiting.com: Since 2006 MedicalRecruiting.com has provided recruitment services for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistant, executives, administrators, therapists and nursing. Expertise in all medical […]

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