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Physician Assistant Employment Guide

Physician Assistant Employment Guide

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 Physician AssistantEmploymentGuide
 
Edition 2009
Provided by theWisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants
702 Eisenhower Dr., Suite AKimberly, WI 54136Tel: (800)762-8965 | Fax: (920) 882-3655www.WAPA.org
 
 
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Table of Contents
I
NTRODUCTION
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IV
 
H
ISTORY AND
P
ERMITTED
U
SE OF THE
E
MPLOYMENT
G
UIDE
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V
 C
REDITS
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VI
 F
ACTS
A
BOUT
P
HYSICIAN
A
SSISTANTS
 
General Description...................................................................................................................1Education and Certification.......................................................................................................1Characteristics of Practitioners..................................................................................................3Scope of Practice.......................................................................................................................4Spectrum of Practice Settings....................................................................................................5Prescriptive Authority................................................................................................................6
R
EIMBURSEMENT AND
F
INANCIAL
A
NALYSIS
 
Compensation Arrangements.....................................................................................................8Contribution to Practice Revenue..............................................................................................8Third-Party Coverage and Payment.........................................................................................11Cost/Benefit Analysis..............................................................................................................14
E
MPLOYMENT
I
NFORMATION
 
Employment Contracts and Agreements.................................................................................16Credentialing............................................................................................................................16Patient Satisfaction..................................................................................................................17Liability Insurance...................................................................................................................17Recruitment and Retention......................................................................................................18
R
ESOURCE
G
UIDE AND
R
EFERENCES
 
Facts about Physician Assistants.............................................................................................21Reimbursement and Financial Analysis..................................................................................23Employment Information.........................................................................................................24Sample Employment Agreements……………………………………………………………26Sample Prescription Authorization Document.………………………………………………31Recruitment Resources Tables……………………………………………………………….32PA and NP Comparison Table……………………………………………………………….34Hiring and Employment Resources Quick Reference Document……………………………35
 
 
iv
Introduction
Dear Wisconsin Health Care Employers, Insurers, Providers and Students:
On behalf of the Public Relations Committee of the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants(WAPA) and the Utilization Committee of the Wisconsin Program for Training Regionally-Employed Care Providers (WisTREC), we would like to share this
 Employment Guide
with you
.
 This
Guide
is a unique document written and compiled for all who interested in the employmentof Physician Assistants in Wisconsin and all who desire to effectively meet the health care needsof Wisconsin citizens in a cost effective manner. It is a current and comprehensive guide onPhysician Assistant practice in Wisconsin. Containing information on a wide variety of topics, itis a tool we hope…Administrators and insurers may use to clarify PA training and scope of practiceReimbursement specialists may use to enhance appropriate billingStudents may use for assistance in finding first employmentPracticing PAs may use to keep currently informed on professional practicePolicy makers may use to clarify differences with other non-physician providers.In developing this document, our goal was to present a concise, factual guide for both currentand potential employers of physician assistants.The materials presented in this booklet are the product of collaboration between numerousstatewide partners. Current information was acquired from a variety of sources including theAmerican Academy of Physician Assistants, the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants,Dean Health Care, insurance and clinic management organizations, the Medical GroupManagement Association, published data and surveys conducted by WisTREC.It is our privilege to pass on this practical product. Please feel free to share this resource withyour colleagues. The
Physician Assistant 
 
 Employment Guide
is available on at the WisconsinAcademy of Physician Assistants website at
www.wapa.org.
Your comments and feedback onthe
Guide
for subsequent versions will be appreciated. Do not hesitate to contact us if we can beof further assistance.Sincerely,Kim Shefchik, PA-CChair, Public Relations CommitteeWisconsin Academy of Physician AssistantsJeff G. Nicholson, PhD, PA-CFormer Chair, WisTREC Utilization CommitteeBOD, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants

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