Making the Most of PAs and NPs

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners add value, quality

The number of physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) working in medical practices has grown substantially. According to a recent survey conducted by Jackson Healthcare, a healthcare staffing firm, nearly one-third of physician respondents say they have increased their use of advanced practice professionals, including PAs. An estimated 10,000 PAs currently practice in orthopaedic surgery, in settings ranging from independent practices to large groups to academic medical centers.

Recently, Thomas F. Murray, Jr MD—a member of the AAOS Practice Management Committee and a sports medicine specialist at the OA Centers for Orthopaedics in Portland, Maine—held a roundtable discussion with two of his fellow committee members and a practicing PA about how PAs and NPs can benefit orthopaedic patients and practices. Participants included the following:

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