Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs are trained in intensive education programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). PAs are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of PAs in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. To maintain their national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a recertification exam every six years. Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.
What can a PA do?
PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. A PA's practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.
Why should I use a PA?
PAs are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. By law, PA's may perform most of the same duties as a physician, but must practice under a physician's supervision. You might think of a PA as your permanent Chief Resident. Using a PA provides you extra medical expertise, both clinically and surgically, but without the expense of an extra physician. PA services are reimbursed by most national insurance policies.
Why should I use a PA service instead of hiring my own PA?
Many medical clinics need a PA, but not necessarily full-time. Alabama PA on Call provides a fully trained and experienced PA only when you need one and for a fraction of the cost of a full-time PA. You may only need a PA one to two days a week. By using our service, you would not only save the cost of the additional days' salary, but would also save the costly overhead spent on a full-time employee. You don't pay any of the malpractice, taxes, insurance, overtime, vacation, CME, etc. Alabama PA on Call is also available anytime. If you do have a full-time PA, you may wish to use our service to fill in when your PA is sick, out of town or simply not on call.
How do I sign up for your services?
As with any task in the medical field, there is a lot of paperwork required to enlist the services of a PA. All of our PA's are licensed by the State of Alabama; however, they must be registered to you individually in order to practice medicine with you. The registration process may take up to a week.
In addition to the state's paperwork, you must also sign an agreement with our company and if applicable, sign paperwork for the facilities (hospitals) where you will require our services.
We complete all of the required paperwork and after it is in place, you need only contact us for scheduling what you need. Scheduling may be done by calling, faxing or emailing us.
Do you provide services outside of the Birmingham, AL area?
Yes. Our physician assistants are licensed by the State of Alabama and can practice anywhere within the state as long as the physician and the PA are registered to each other. Registration takes about a week and we will handle all the paperwork.
How much will it cost to use your services?
Alabama PA on Call has many pricing plans for your practice based on what you need. We have hourly rates, daily rates and weekly rates. Please contact us at 205-419-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Can I bill a patient's insurance for services provided by a PA?
In short, yes. When PA's provide services under a participating medical plan, their services are reimbursed at 70-100% of what a physician would be reimbursed, depending on the plan. When a PA provides a service, the supervising physician may bill the patient's insurance for that service.
Not all medical plans reimburse for PA services and every plan may require a different billing method. If you choose to bill for our services, we will help you. We have years of experience with the different local and national medical plans and will share our expertise with you.
Alabama PA on Call, LLC 1751 Charleston Way Birmingham, AL 35216 Phone: 205-419-8200 Fax: 205-419-8213 email: email@example.com