PA Utilization in Plastic Surgery : Rules, Revenue, and ROI Sun, Sep 30 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Physician assistants (PAs) are a growing and essential component of the US healthcare work force. PAs have demonstrated their ability to provide quality, patient-centered care while also improving a practice’s or hospital’s financial bottom line. Yet, PAs are often underutilized due to confusion over the services they are authorized to perform, third-party payment rules and requirements and hospital bylaws and credentialing policies. This session will inform plastic surgeons about the opportunities for PA utilization and the rules surrounding reimbursement policies, and clear up any misconceptions by providing detailed information on (1) the range of duties and responsibilities PAs can undertake, (2) specific billing and reimbursement policies (including both Medicare and commercial payers), (3) the contribution margin PAs bring to the practice, and (4) strategies for optimal PA utilization in different practice settings.

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe practice efficiencies and revenue opportunities for PAs in plastic surgery practices.
  2. Identify the clinical responsibilities and duties that PAs perform in high performing plastic surgery practices.
  3. List methods to minimize allegations of payer fraud and abuse by implementing proper PA billing procedures.
  4. Outline the unique role that PAs play in driving practice transformation in value-based reimbursement and payment models.

Accreditation: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: The ASPS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.