Productivity model for Advanced Practice Providers
A new, well-rounded system of measuring APP productivity
Physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are referred to as advanced practice providers (APPs). They are certified health care professionals who provide care and treatment to patients in collaboration with physicians. Although they are an integral part of many clinics and hospitals, traditional measures of APP productivity are volume-driven. Less focus is placed on complex care goals, and the impact of their care is not accurately represented in these figures.
Researchers at The Ohio State University have developed an APP Productivity Model that includes work that volume-based reports fail to measure. The system is operational at the James Cancer Hospital. The methods are meant to work with existing technology for ease of data collection and provide information about other parts of APP productivity beyond volume measures, like quality, service, and outcomes. The technology is useful for measuring impact of any group of medical professionals.