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The Utilization of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in Your Clinic

Steven Engelberg, PA-C, PhD

1 hour recorded audie and power point

Recorded on September 25, 2016

With the inception of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the continuing shortage of physicians, you need to be aware of the options you have in providers. Although there are some differences in the training and philosophies of the two professions, this is your opportunity to familiarize yourself with those differences. This will allow you a better understanding of what will best suit your particular practice. You will be shown how a PA or NP could help advance your practice in a very competitive market.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the roles of Physician Assistants (PA’s) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs), state the differences between them, and identify how they can fit into an urgent care practice.
  • Differentiate the costs of hiring a PA/NP and hiring a physician.
  • Recognize how the PA/NP can become a part of a center’s MD/DO team, and how they can integrate into the urgent care setting.
  • Recognize how the PA/NP is trained, how they operate in each state, and how they are fit into the medical hierarchy in the state and federal governments. Identify how an urgent care can bill for services provided by PAs/NPs and at which rates.
  • Identify where PA/NP candidates can be found and evaluate how to make a practice more competitive in attracting good candidates.

Faculty Bio: 

Physician Assistant 19 years, Residency Trained in Emergency Medicine, PhD in Health Administration. Clinical Assistant Professor and Preceptor 4 PA and MD schools, Worked 14 emergency departments in 5 states. Last 2 years clinical medicine and administrative overseeing of urgent cares at DaVita Healthcare Prtners, a multi-billion dollar public corporation.

Financial Disclosures:  The above faculty has nothing to disclose 

Credit Information:

Designation Statement
The Urgent Care Association of America designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Credit for this course is good for 1 year after purchase.

Urgent Care Management Certificate (UCMC) Credit 
This course is designated for 1 credit of Operations towards the Urgent Care Management Certificate.

Submitting for Credit:  

If you would like to submit for either of the credit above, once you complete the activity you must submit for credit you will need to complete the 5 question exam.  You must answer 3 out of 5 correctly to receive credit.  Your credit will be placed in your profile under Professional Development or click on "My Credits".  Email with questions.  

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