It only came to light on Friday, so I don't really know what the physicians think company wide. In my office, the docs were all for it because they feel we are doing the same job and should be paid equivalently. They aren't making any less
money, we are being brought up. If their salary was being cut, I'm sure they would not be so supportive!
I imagine the people with the biggest beef (and rightfully so) will be the PAs. We don't have many at all. NPs outnumber PAs about 20:1 in the company. Surgery has a few PAs, one in the hand clinic and one in the ortho clinic that I know of, but I haven't encountered any in the other areas. They may be there, I don't pretend to know the credentials of all 9,000 employees.
I do know that NPs are preferred by this company, not
because we are better in any way, but because we require no oversight of any kind there is no additional responsibility for the physicians. They seem to prefer it that way. They don't like being liable (on paper) for anyone else's work I guess. Simpler for them to just work alongside other MDs/DOs and NPs for whom they have no legal responsibility or liability.
I do know that they are over the moon that the patient satisfaction criteria has been dropped from the bonus structure!! That seemed to be the thing that held back the docs in my office from qualifying for the larger bonuses. I've never come close to qualifying based on productivity; I see 1/4 to 1/3 fewer patients than they do because I'm a chatty Cathy and I don't do 15 minute visits. My shortest is 20 minutes now. I see an average of 18-20 a day lately, and my physician roomie sees 35-40. He double books people in 15 minute slots all day and averages about 6 minutes a patient, so he deserves to earn a big bonus as he is brining in a lot more money than I am! It isn't their fault if the patient doesn't like the person who answers the phone (or more often, doesn't answer, lol) or doesn't think they got enough time, coddling, or vicodin! They are thrilled they will no longer be losing money based on judgements of people not qualified to evaluate them professionally!
No, we don't have any PMHNPs or psychiatrists in the group.