Definitions for "Primary care provider"
Your primary care provider can be a family or general practitioner, internist, OB-GYN, pediatrician,or other provider approved by your health plan who must provide or coordinate your care. If you need to see a specialist, your primary care provider will refer you.
Refer to PCP for definition. See: Managed Care
Practitioner in one of the health professions (e.g., medicine, nursing, psychology, dentistry/oral health, physical and respiratory therapy) who provides health care services for problems other than smoking per se. Primary care providers are encouraged to identify smokers and to intervene with them, regardless of whether smoking cessation is the patient's presenting problem.