Preparing for an interview can be stressful, especially as a new graduate. It is important to be prepared both for what might be asked of you and what you should ask a potential SP.
Contract renewals are necessary evils but may not be a bad thing. This is the time to show what you are worth to a practice and brainstorm ways to become even more productive.
Trends vary across specialties. This depends on outside influences such as Insurance reimbursement changes, Resident or physician shortages, etc.
From time to time, step back and evaluate your work environment to be sure it is a place you feel safe and secure. Look at your daily duties and your overall job satisfaction.
It is important to be comfortable and have open communications with your SP.
What a complicated question. There are so many variables to this question depending on the particular work situation. The variables include full vs. part time work, type of medicine, insurance vs. cash procedures, benefit packages, etc.
There is a HUGE range. Anything between 25-50% could be appropriate depending on the circumstance.
This is typically your personal benefits and staff that were added when you joined the practice.
Benefits are a personal choice. You may have more negotiating power by asking for fewer benefits. It will depend on what you are comfortable with.
Written contracts protect both the PA and the SP or other employer.
Great resources are the national PA organizations! Get involved with your local or national chapters!
PAs can provide most of the same services a physician can provide, but always have to have adequate supervision. The supervision laws vary by state and usually do not require the supervising physician to be physically onsite for most services.
The education is quite different. NPs are trained as nurses (RNs) and then continue for additional training to become NPs. PAs are trained in the medical model similar to physicians. The pre-requisites for PAs to apply to an accredited program are similar to the pre-med requirements. Most PA programs are Master’s level programs.
In most States, PAs can write or transcribe prescriptions or drug orders.
This will vary by state. Majority of states will allow PAs to perform minor procedures as long as their SP is available by electronic communication.
Salaries vary by state, specialty, experience and productivity. There is a very large range in PA salaries.
This will vary greatly depending on state, specialty, hours worked and experience. It can be anywhere from $200k to over $1M.
Medicare and Medicaid in most states require that the PA’s employer bill for the PA’s services. Many private insurance companies follow Medicare policy and also require that billing be done by the employer. There are also a few states that require the employer to bill for all PA services, regardless of the payer. However, in states that permit it, there are some insurance companies that permit PAs to directly bill insurance. It is important to know the policies and applicable state laws regarding PA billing.
Your PA needs to be named as an insured practitioner under your policy or you can purchase a separate policy for the PA. There are many companies to choose from. We recommend contacting AAPA or your state PA organization for specific recommendations. If you purchase a separate policy, make sure your broker analyzes and explains how the two policies interact with each other.