As many of you know I do not particularly care for the term “mid-level” practitioner. Just in case you aren’t familiar with my opinions on the subject you can read one of my posts from May 2012 in which I give numersous reasons to shun the term. (if you agree please share!)
Now, as if there weren’t already enough reasons to dislike that label I have found yet another – and it is a doozy.
I came across a link to what is actually a very handy grid from which outlines the DEA authorization to prescribe controlled substances in each state. It is a state by state guide to which schedules we are allowed to prescribe. This is actually quite a helpful resource if you are considering a move to another state or perhaps thinking of doing a NP or PA travel or locum tenens assignment.
The guide starts out with the official definition of a “mid-level” provider.
OK, I don’t like this definition but I can live with it, at least for now. But then I kept reading and I see that also included in this mid-level category is “animal shelters” and “euthanasia technicians”. WTF?
This is still a helpful guide but it really is hard to look past this. Who can we complain to?
You really must see it for yourself. Click here.