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Medicare Patients Often See Nurses Instead Of Doctors For Skin Problems
National Public Radio

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are taking on more and more responsibility for primary care these days. And an analysis of Medicare data finds many of these health care providers are performing procedures you might not have expected.

More than half of the 4 million procedures that office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare for in 2012 were dermatological surgeries.