Make PAs a Part of Your Team
Let NJSSPA introduce you to one of the best kept secrets in New Jersey health: physician assistants.
Physician assistants (PAs) are relatively new to the healthcare scene in New Jersey. Some facilities have been using PAs for quite some time, but few use us to the best possible advantage. It is becoming a widely accepted fact that mid-level practitioners are going to become increasingly needed to meet the growing demands of our healthcare system. Physician assistants are the most flexible and skilled mid-level practitioners on the market. PAs can go anywhere in your facility – from the clinic to the operating room – and make an immediate impact.
Having physician assistants on staff benefits your physicians, your patients and your bottom line. Physicians know us, because our profession was created by a physician and our education was modeled on medical school. Physician assistants can help free up your physicians to manage the care of patients with complex issues. The unique supervisory relationship we enjoy with our physicians ensures that our patients receive high-quality care.
With physician assistants on staff, patients can be seen more quickly and their needs can be addressed more efficiently, increasing their satisfaction. Patients have expressed a high degree of satisfaction with the care provided by PAs – in fact, in most surveys the satisfaction level is indistinguishable from that of a physician.
PAs make good financial sense. Having PAs on staff can help to assure that minor problems in your patients can be addressed as they arise. The timely, efficient management of simple problems can often prevent the development of major, expensive problems. And services provided by physician assistants are reimbursable. PAs not only cover expenses associated with their employment,they generate additional revenue. If you hear from a facility that they are losing money on PAs, the problem is not with the PAs – it is with the billing department.