FYI: We are not “providers,” nor practitioners.” We are physicians with at minimum of 11 years of graduate, doctoral, and post graduate residency education. The other two are insurance industry terms to homogenize, demoralize and unincentivize doctorate postgraduate trained physicians.
The insurance industry began referring to physical therapists as “providers,” around 1970. Decades later, they extrapolated the term to apply to any entirely or person that provides a healthcare service to their insureds. People may be insureds to the insurers, but are patients to physicians; a unique relationship with special responsibilities and privileges.
The AOA, AMA and all physicians cannot accept or employ these insurance industry bastardization terms. We are what we are, what we believe we are, what we say we are, what we demonstrate we are, not what opposing factions imply we are.
We are post doctorate level physicians with lifelong continuing education and experience; nothing less.