What is a PA-C?

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What is a PA-C?

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A. A PA-C is a Physician Assistant- Certified. For more information and a list of PA-C’s at Panorama click here. Q. Why do I have to fill out a form every time I come in? A. It gives the physicians, and personnel involved in your care, a tracking system to monitor your current condition and review the progress you have made. Q. Why do the doctors switch office sides at the Golden office? A. The doctors will move sides depending on what other doctors are in that day. They are put together as group to help optimize the flow of the clinic: to shorten the wait time for you. Q. How do I get my medical records? A. The fist step is to fill out a written request that states that we have permission to release your records. After the release is received, the records are processed and forwarded to the designated party. Q. Why is there a charge for my medical records? A. There is no charge to you if we are sharing your information with another physician’s office. If you would like to get a copy of

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Physician assistant (PA): A physician assistant (PA-C) is a mid-level medical practitioner who works under the supervision of a licensed doctor (an MD) or osteopathic physician (a DO). Today the term “physician assistant” has a more precise definition as it applies to the mid-level practitioner who is able to practice medicine under the auspices of a licensed physician. Although the physician need not be present during the time the PA performs his or her duties, there must be a method of contact between the supervising physician and the PA at all times. The PA must be competent in the duties he or she is performing and the physician for whom the PA is working must also be licensed and trained to perform the relevant duties. PA training programs are accredited by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Each state in the U.S. has its own specific licensing and practicing restrictions for PAs. Most states require PAs to pass the certification examination of the N

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A physician assistant (PA), or certified physician assistant (PA-C) is a licensed health professional who practices medicine under the supervision of a physician. A physician assistant provides a broad range of health care services that were traditionally performed by a doctor. Although it varies with training, in general, PAs can provide approximately 80 percent of the services typically provided by a physician: • perform physical exams • diagnose illnesses • develop and carry out treatment plans • order and interpret lab tests • suture wounds • assist in surgery • provide preventive health care counseling, and • write prescriptions (in most states) Although the physician need not be present during the time the PA performs his or her duties, there must be a method of contact between the supervising physician and the PA at all times.

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A PA-C is a Certified Physician Assistant. Physician Assistants are advanced practice clinicians, and obtain medical histories, perform examinations and procedures, order treatments, diagnose illnesses, prescribe medication, order and interpret diagnostic tests, refer patients to specialists when appropriate and first-assist in surgery. They are employed in primary care or in specialties in urban or rural regions, as well as in academic administration. PAs may practice in any medical or surgical specialty, and have the ability to move to different medical and surgical fields during their careers. PAs are licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision, which may be either in person, by telecommunication systems or by other reliable means (for example, regular chart review and consultation).

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