Summit Primary Care
Superior Care for the Entire Family:
Infants to Seniors
Non-Physician Providers (NPP's)
NPP's are 'mid-level' providers licensed by the State of TN to provide independent medical care to patients under the general direction of a supervising physician. There are two types of primary care Physician Extenders employed by Summit Primary Care, Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C).
Physician Assistants have graduated from an accredited Physician Assistant program and have passed a national registry exam demonstrating their medical knowledge and proficiency. They fall under the oversight of the TN State Medical Board.
Nurse Practitioners are licensed RN's who have completed an additional Masters level program and passed a national registry exam demonstrating their knowledge and proficiency. They fall under the oversight of the TN State Nursing Board.
Please note: Although our NPP's are authorized by the State of TN to provide direct patient medical services, many of the private insurances in TN still will not recognize them as independent providers in their Provider network listing and accordingly, you may not see them listed as a PCP in your Provider directory. Our policy is that new patients to the Practice should be assigned to one of our physicians as their PCP and be evaluated before being seen by an NPP, unless the patient requests to see the NPP or comes through as a walk-in-patient. Patients may request to see an NPP for routine care and select an NPP as their PCP if their insurance allows it, but it is our policy that patients with a serious and/or chronic condition should be evaluated by a physician every 3-4 visits or at least once a year. This is true even if your insurance allows you to select one of our NPP's as your PCP.
Click on the NPP's name below for more information about them.
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