NCMS FAQ of the Week: Physician Supervision

Due to a high volume of questions coming in through the Member Resource Center, the NCMS features a Frequently-Asked-Question (FAQ) for its members each week to share information about current medical and health care issues that their colleagues are having.

Q: Is there a limit to how many Nurse Practitioners (NPs) or Physician Assistants (PAs) that a physician can supervise?

A: No. The North Carolina Medical Board does not limit how many licensed health care practitioners that a physician can oversee. However, the Board has identified several factors that the supervising physician must¬†understand in order to make sure that supervision is adequate. Click here to view the North Carolina Medical Board’s position statement on this issue. Supervising physicians must¬†provide adequate supervision¬†regardless of the number of practitioners being supervised.

Have a question? Contact the NCMS Member Resource Center at 919-833-3836 or [email protected].


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