The Physician Assistant (PA-C) is responsible for evaluation and management of patients under the supervision of NWOS physicians, functioning as an extension of physicians.
• Work with designated supervising physician(s), but may be called upon to assist other partners in the Corporation at any time
• Obtain physical examination, followed by appropriate extremity examination
• Apply casts, splints, bracing devices and dressings; perform suturing minor lacerations, injections and cast removal
• Order and interpret laboratory studies, X-rays, and other diagnostic testing as necessary
• Identify normal and abnormal findings on histories, physical examinations, and commonly performed studies
• Work to ensure patient receives a follow up appointment when necessary with a surgeon in a timely fashion (usually 72 hours or per written protocol for injury)
• Present and communicate information obtained in an organized manner so the physician can expeditiously evaluate, examine and outline a medical management plan
• Perform pre-operative history and physical examination and appropriate patient education as instructed by supervising physician(s)
• Assist in the follow-up of postoperative patients including obtaining a current status report from the patient followed by an examination and follow-up information as directed by physician(s)
• Administer prescribed medications as directed; observes, records and reports patient's condition and reaction to drugs and treatments to physician
• In collaboration with physician(s), develop written follow up treatment protocols for patients who need additional care by an orthopedic surgeon, non-operative orthopedic sports medicine, physical therapy, or surgery
• Assess patients for development and updating of treatment plans; implements treatment plans that have been reviewed and approved by the supervising physician
• Prescribe drugs; schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances to the extent permitted by PA state law; keeps patient pharmacy history current along with drug allergies
• Provide phone contact as required in certain cases to assist in patient follow-up and problem solving
• Perform appropriate, accurate and timely dictation of patient progress notes in accordance with Corporation’s dictation policy
• Charge reporting compliant with required correct coding national standards and documentation rules
• Complete forms and paperwork such as disability, insurance, return to work, etc.
• Actively participates in business development activities to grow patient volume
• Participate in professional development activities, maintains professional affiliations, and attends all regular meetings
• Maintain strict patient confidentiality
• Attend annual CPR, OSHA, HIPAA and Risk Management training programs
• May provide occasional coverage in outpatient clinic, surgical case, on-call or rounding.
• Perform all other tasks and projects assigned by the physicians
Required Skills and Experience
• Candidates must be a graduate from an accredited physician’s assistant program and have a Washington State Physician Assistant license or eligible for licensing.
• Prior experience in the field of orthopedics
• Multi-task oriented individual who has the ability to organize and prioritize tasks. Ability to follow through on own initiative and produce results.
• Ability to establish exceptional relationships with patients and has high patient satisfaction feedback.
• Ability to handle highly confidential information with integrity and discretion.
• Ability to analyze situations, identify problems, implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes.
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
• Knowledge of HIPAA rules and regulations.
Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists offers competitive compensation, great health benefits, 401(k), profit sharing, continuing education and many other supplemental benefits.