Hiring a Physician’s Assistant
By hiring a Physician Assistant (PA), Oklahoma hospitals, practices, and clinics can function more fully and enhance accessibility to care for your patients. Research has shown that physicians who employ PAs as part of their medical teams enjoy higher patient satisfaction levels, increased revenues, and more flexible work schedules, especially in solo-practice physician environments.
Physician Assistant education is based on the medical model. PA training is completed through an accredited program by the “Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants.” The curriculum includes medical school type courses such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, hematology, clinical medicine, and physical diagnosis to name a few.
The typical PA brings in revenue of $231,000 with an average salary of approximately $110,000. An average PA can boost a practice’s bottom line by $30,000 or more. Training costs for PAs are one-fifth of an allopathic physician.
Medical and surgical services delivered by PAs are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and nearly all private payers. It is important to verify each payer’s coverage policies for PAs. Each payer has its own guidelines regarding service coverage and payment.