Growth in Medicine: The Physician Assistant
By David Zetter, ZetterHealthCare, National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants
The Physician Assistant is becoming a bigger part of the healthcare system than ever before.
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) releases data on the physician assistant (PA) profession each year. The NCCPA data that was just released for 2016 reflects that the profession is growing incredibly fast. There are now nearly 116,000 certified PAs, compared to 2010 when there were only 80,000.
The NCCPA data shows that 28 percent of certified PAs are women aged 30-39, and 14.2 percent are young women aged 20-29. The data provides much information, including numbers by state, education profiles, practice care of primary clinical position, income information, and many other details.
This profession is growing quickly because of the shortage of physicians in all specialties and PAs are also a more cost efficient and available hire for many practices, hospital and health systems to help deliver health services. This helps physicians to free up more of their time to provide other services given PAs can address most of the needs of the patient population.