Physician Assistant Workforce Ready to Meet Healthcare Demand

The number of certified physician assistants practicing medicine has increased by more than 100 percent in the last 10 years.

With the threat of a physician shortage becoming a reality and the increasing popularity of coordinated, accountable care, organizations can use physician assistants to increase patient access and improve health outcomes.

"Team-based, patient-centered medicine is the hallmark of the PA profession and is a perfect fit for today's changing healthcare system," said James Delaney, PA-C, president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, in a press release.

Physician assistants are taking on new roles in healthcare models such as patient care coordinators in accountable care organizations.

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