Physician Assistant

The Physician Assistant (PA) at at The Spine & Pain Institute of New York is responsible for assisting in the delivery of health care for some of the most interesting and challenging acute and chronic pain patients. Under a physician’s supervision, the PA is responsible for a broad range of medical services, including but not limited to: autonomously providing patient assessment, education, follow-up visits, and medication management. As designated by scope of practice guidelines, the supervising physician and his/her designee will be available at all times to the PA for consultation either in person, by telephone, or paging device. The PA will be provided with a schedule of the supervising physician and his/her availability for consultation.

 

General Duties and Responsibilities (Performed in an independent manner with minimal direction and supervision):
Obtains patient medical history and conducts physical examinations for patients assigned by the supervising physician.

  • Conducts follow-up visits independently, consistent with the organization’s Incident II guidelines.
  • Develops medical care plans under physician supervision: implements treatment plans and periodically assesses medical needs and response to treatment.
  • Relates all aspects of Patient care to the supervising physician, including reviewing and discussing medical problems, diagnostic tests, and therapeutic procedures; or correlating measures employed by the supervising physician.
  • Plays a major role in medication management and medication refill management.
  • Initiates and monitors medications and treatment in accordance with the current standards of care. As such, the PA must recognize situations that require consultations with the supervising physician, and understand that medically unstable patients require immediate consultation with the supervising physician. The PA may prescribe medications in accordance with the jurisdictions’ guidelines and regulations from the Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine and follow all statutes. Accordingly, the PA may prescribe schedule V, VI, III, and II drugs with the exception of: radioactive drugs, ophthalmic aminoglycosides, and ophthalmic steroids.

Orders diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedure/studies as appropriate, to include, but not limited to:

  • Performs approved clinical procedures after appropriate training, such as:
  • Provides pre and post procedure education and counseling for all Patients undergoing invasive or non-invasive requirements.
  • Takes primary call for the entire practice in rotation with all the providers (PAs, CRNPs, and physicians) throughout the year.
  • Maintains all licenses and certifications necessary to comply with all federal, state and local requirements.
  • Familiarity with Medicare, TRICARE, and other commercial insurance coverage; as well as some knowledge of Patient E&M coding, billing, and claims.
  • Understands, complies with, and enforces National Spine & Pain Centers’ (NSPC) policies, procedures, code of conduct, and OSHA and HIPAA privacy rules.
  • Ensures staff understands and complies with NSPC policies, procedures, code of conduct, and OSHA and HIPAA privacy rules.
  • May be asked to work in different/multiple office locations on a periodic or ongoing basis, depending on organization needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Educations/Experience/Knowledge:

  • Graduate of an accredited physical therapy education program.
  • One (1) year of clinical expertise in Pain Management is preferred.
  • Excellent patient care skills and awareness of the legal implications of work and words in healthcare.
  • General knowledge of OSHA and HIPAA regulations.

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