Physician Assistant Workloads Expected to Increase

A recent article by Andis Robeznieks for Modern Healthcare, tells how physician assistant and nurse practitioner workloads are expected to increase. 

The workloads of NPs and PAs are expected to increase with the rise of team-based healthcare and primary-care offices adopting the medical-homes practice model. About two-thirds of the large multispecialty healthcare organizations surveyed by the American Medical Group Association and healthcare human resources consultant Sullivan, Cotter and Associates said they increased their advanced practices clinician workforce in the past months and two-thirds are projecting that they will hire more in the next 12 months.

Based on another new survey, the American Academy of Physician Assistants reported this month that 6,000 PAs enter the workforce each year. The AAPA reported that geography is a large factor in compensation, while the AMGA noted that more advance practice clinicians are also moving into administrative roles.

The AMGA reported that both NPs and PAs earned a median of around $104,000 in a hospital setting while the median for both was around $97,500 for both in nonhospital settings with NPs earning slightly more. The AAPA reported that the median base salary for PAs in nonteaching hospitals was $95,000 while those who earned a bonus on top of their salaries earned $103,000 last year. In university hospitals, the numbers were $1,000 to $2,000 lower. PAs in solo physician practices received median base salaries of $85,000 and earned around $98,000 with bonuses.

Among the 300 healthcare organizations surveyed by the AMGA, 31% reported having an NP or PA in administrative role. That's up from 20% in 2012.