Teams of health care providers work together with our affiliates and staff to bring specialty care to our patients, families and community. This multidisciplinary approach has been shown to improve patient and family satisfaction, quality of care and health outcomes. Nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), Certified Anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs), and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNAs) are health care providers you may see during your visits with as at Froedtert Health Network or Children’s Hospital. These providers are also referred to as advanced practice providers (APPs). These providers work collaboratively with physicians as an integral part of both inpatient and outpatient clinical care teams to improve patient access, ensuring timely, relevant, and high quality care. Practicing at the top of their licensures and scope of practice, APPs are involved in all aspects of patient care. APPs practice in a wide variety of adult and pediatric medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.
MCW APPs are deeply integrated into interdisciplinary team based care models to delivery patient care at our affiliates:
- Froedtert Health Network
- Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
- Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center (VA)
What are advanced practice providers?
Advanced practice providers are health care providers working together with physicians to provide direct medical care to patient at Froedtert Health Network, Children’s hospital of Wisconsin, and other affiliates. These providers see patients of all ages across primary, specialty, hospital, operating room, and long term care settings. They have the education and training to treat patients with acute and chronic conditions, promote health and prevent disease.
What services can be provided by an advanced practice provider?
Advanced practice providers can provide the following services:
- Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests (such as laboratory and medical imaging tests)
- Diagnose and treat illnesses
- Prescribe medications and other treatments
- Counsel and educate patients on their health condition and prevention of illness
- Manage and coordinate care with an interdisciplinary team including physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, etc.
- Collaborate with your physician, as needed, to develop a plan of care, which may include additional treatment, surgery, referrals, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone see an advanced practice provider?
Yes. These providers are an integral part of providing quality health care, focusing on the whole person when treating specific health problems, as well as educating patients and families. Our advanced practice providers have specialty interests, as well as a wide-range of experience with chronic and acute conditions, disease management and preventive care.
What is the relationship between my physician and advanced practice provider?
Advanced practice providers work in a collaborative team with your physician to provide you the benefit of each provider’s expertise. This approach allows for timely access to appointments, improves quality of care, and ultimately results in better health outcomes.