FAQs – Certified Physician Assistant Consulting

FAQs

Physician Assistants

1Can you help me prepare for my upcoming interview?
Absolutely! Preparing for an interview can be stressful, especially as a new graduate. We'll make sure you are fully 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?
Yes! Contract renewal is a necessary evil, but may not be such a bad thing. This is the time to show what you are worth to a practice and brainstorm ways to become even more productive. We will help you negotiate for the most optimal contract that can be a win-win for you and your SP!
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. We encourage you to catch our free webinars or sign up for a personal consultation to see how current trends affect you!
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. It's important to be educated in current trends in the PA workplace to see where you fall. Our one on one consults will answer all of your questions to determine if you are being treated fairly.
5Is this supervising physician right for me?
It is important to be comfortable and have open communications with your SP. We can help you determine if your situation is right for you.
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. During our one on one consult we will break down your compensation package and work with you to determine which is right for you!
7How do I calculate a percentage?
There is a HUGE range. Anything between 25-50% could be appropriate depending on the circumstance. Our experts are happy to break down your compensation package and calculate your percentages!
8How do I calculate overhead costs?
This is typically your personal benefits and staff that were added when you joined the practice. Our experts have vast experience in practice administration and have a database of current trends when it comes to practice overhead costs and can help you calculate yours.
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?
There are so many variables when it comes to determining salaries. We can help you understand everything involved in determining the right and fair salary you can expect.
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! We offer online courses to help teach you the tools and strategies to get your first job out of school. We also offer amazing career coaching services for new grads to help you land your first PA or NP job and break into the healthcare workforce!

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. We can help you determine if a PA is right for your office, and how they can boost your productivity!
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. We can help you learn the current PA salary trends and help you determine the best compensation packages for your PAs!
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.