Practitioner is a supporting FHIR resource about a person who is directly or indirectly involved in the provisioning of healthcare. This may be a doctor, a nurse, a social worker, or even IT personnel responsible for merging patient records. It even can be a dog (for example, a service animal such as a ward-assigned dog capable of detecting cancer in patients), which we think is pretty rad.
In contrast to many of the other resources in the Flexpa that are patient-specific, it serves as a foundational resource that supports the clinical and financial resources in the API. For instance, an ExplanationOfBenefit may contain a referenced Practitioner resource that is the provider who rendered the service.
As a result, Practitioner is most often used as part of an
include parameter in a search request to retrieve the related resources or is accessed via a read with a specific FHIR resource ID obtained from a financial or clinical resource. Many payers will not support open searches for this resource.
As a core supporting resource, almost all payers make this available, but many only support a read operation and do not fully support search.
This is a sample request using
curl "https://api.flexpa.com/fhir/Practitioner" \
-H "Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN"
This is a sample response from Humana using in Flexpa APItest mode