FAQs – Certified Physician Assistant Consulting

FAQs

Physician Assistants

1Can you help me prepare for my upcoming interview?
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.
2Can you help with my upcoming contract renewal?
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.
3What are the latest professional trends in my specialty?
Trends vary across specialties. This depends on outside influences such as Insurance reimbursement changes, Resident or physician shortages, etc.
4How do I know if I am being treated fairly?
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.
5Is this supervising physician right for me?
It is important to be comfortable and have open communications with your SP.
6Which is better, straight salary or a percentage?
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.
7How do I calculate a percentage?
There is a HUGE range. Anything between 25-50% could be appropriate depending on the circumstance.
8How do I calculate overhead costs?
This is typically your personal benefits and staff that were added when you joined the practice.
9What kind of benefits should I ask for?
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.
10Why is there such a large range in salaries?
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11Do I need a written contract?
Written contracts protect both the PA and the SP or other employer.
12How do I get a job out of school with no experience?
Great resources are the national PA organizations! Get involved with your local or national chapters!

Supervising Physicians

1What can a PA do in my office?
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.
2What is the difference between a PA and an NP?
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.
3Can a PA write a Rx?
In most States, PAs can write or transcribe prescriptions or drug orders.
4How much supervision is necessary? Can my PA see patients and perform minor surgical procedures when I am out of the office?
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.
5What is the average salary range for PAs?
Salaries vary by state, specialty, experience and productivity. There is a very large range in PA salaries.
6What kind of revenue does a PA generate?
This will vary greatly depending on state, specialty, hours worked and experience. It can be anywhere from $200k to over $1M.
7How do PAs bill insurance?
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.
8Am I covered with my malpractice or do I need additional coverage for a PA?
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.