As the culture of Healthcare changes around us each and every day, Physician’s Assistants are becoming a very important and popular player in the game. PAs can assist medical providers meet many of the goals of Reform, including patient centered, efficient, collaborative care. However, their most important attribute may be that their care is significantly cheaper to provide, than the care of a licensed Medical Doctor.
PAs, whom work independently of Doctors, are able to make clinical decisions and handle most routine cases. They also act as a door keeper of sorts, insuring that the Doctors spend the most time with the patients who need the most attention. They are especially important in closing a large gap in the Primary Care Market.
Many States, including Georgia, are working on legislation to make the powers of PAs and their affiliate Nurse Practioners (NP) clearer and more easily defined. Georgia recently enacted House Bill 303. This Bill makes it easier for a PA and
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