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Comment & Response
January 2015

Expanding Scope of Dermatologic Mid-Level Practitioners Includes Prescription of Complex Medication

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(1):106-107. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.3295

To the Editor In their recent article, “Scope of Physician Procedures Independently Billed by Mid-Level Providers in the Office Setting,” Coldiron and Ratnarathorn1 describe the expanding scope of dermatologic mid-level practitioners. Specifically, in 2012 physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) performed and billed independently for more than 4 million procedures, 54.8% of which were dermatologic.1