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    Ten ways certified PAs improve quality, reduce costs

    Dawn Morton-RiasMorton-RiasHealthcare organizations are being asked to do more and more these days: cut costs, expand access, improve quality and increase patient engagement. How exactly do we do more without spending more?

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    For a growing number of organizations, the answer lies in expanded and effective utilization of certified physician assistants (PAs).

    That goes well beyond just using PAs in medical office settings to obtain patient histories and to perform physical exams. Today’s PAs are highly educated—taught in the medical model and often learning alongside medical students—and the majority are experienced in specialty areas ranging from hospital and emergency medicine to nephrology and psychiatry.

    The bottom line is it’s time for organizations to expand the way they think about and employ PAs by looking at how the profession can impact areas where there are real needs, such as expanding access, decreasing infection rates and reducing hospital readmissions.

    Related: Seven ways to improve access

    Here are 10 ways PAs help healthcare organizations tackle some of their most difficult healthcare delivery challenges.

     

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