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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Nurse practitioners are licensed, autonomous clinicians focused on managing people’s health conditions and preventing disease (just like your regular “family doc”). NPs, also called advanced practice providers or advanced practice registered nurses, are clinicians who were originally trained as nurses but they have additional education and experience that allows them to function as primary care providers. NPs often specialize by patient population, including family medicine, pediatric, adult-gerontological, and women’s health. NPs may also subspecialize in areas such as dermatology, cardiovascular health, and oncology. Here are some articles showing comparable care when comparing NPs to Physicians:

Newhouse et al concluded that the outcomes of care provided by APRNs in collaboration with specialist or primary care physicians are similar to, or in some cases better than, the outcomes of care provided by a physician alone. Newhouse RP, Stanik-Hutt J, White KM, et al. Advanced practice nurse outcomes 1990- 2008: a systematic review. Nurs econ. 2011 Sep-Oct;29(5):230–250. [PubMed] 

* A publication from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) asserts that “health outcomes are comparable for patients treated by primary care NPs and MDs.” Improving Patient Access to High-Quality Care: How to Fully Utilize the Skills, Knowledge, and Experience of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Jun, 2013. 2013. 

We’ve been asked about the difference between a Nurse Practitioner and a Physician Assistant…
while both are health professionals dedicated to providing the BEST care to patients, there are many differences:
NPs are trained in both the medical and nursing models providing patient-centered care. PAs are trained in the medical model which focuses on disease-centered care first.
In many states, including Idaho, NPs are independent practitioners- this means we are recognized as medical practitioners who can provide equal/quality primary care to that of a traditional doctor and DO NOT require physician (MD/DO) supervision. In most states, PAs are, in most cases, unable to practice without having a physician supervisor due to current guidelines by the Board of Medicine, however, in Idaho PA’s are no longer required physician supervision.
However, ALL medical team members collaborating together is required to provide the BEST CARE AVAILABLE to our patients. We all work together with specialists and refer to them based on individual needs.
At Sawtooth Family Medicine, we provide excellent primary/family care to all ages. When disease processes require more specialized care, we refer to the expert specialists here in the Treasure Valley and help coordinate care between specialists when needed. We are experienced in simple to complex health issues and are ready to provide you and your family with the best possible care. We value your trust!

Our newest provider Lia Pele is accepting new patients at this time.  Please contact our office to schedule a new patient appointment.

Yes! For established patients currently receiving wellness and routine care through Sawtooth Family Medicine we’re happy to help with weight management.  If you’re seeking weight management only, and already have a PCP, please discuss with that provider before contacting our clinic.

Yes! We do routine women’s care including: paps, birth control, hormones, some post-partum care and more. 

Yes, these are some of our favorite patients! Our providers are board certified to care for all ages 0 – 100+

Your children will love visiting our treasure chest after their visit!

We currently only provide services Monday through Friday. 

We try to keep at least one appointment open daily for same day sick or urgent care. If you’re experiencing a life threatening emergency please call 911 or visit your local emergency room.

We’re conveniently located near Eagle Road and Overland in Meridian.  Please find our directions here.