Author: Freeborn, D.

Use of Physician Assistants in a Managed Health Care System

Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region is a prepaid group practice health maintenance organization. Among the employed are 65 physician assistants (PAs) who work in primary care and in certain subspecialties. Kaiser Permanente was one of the first managed health care systems to use PAs and has contributed to the historical documentation of their effectiveness. An interest […]

Satisfaction of Physician Assistants and other Nonphysician Providers in a Managed Care Setting

Health maintenance organizations have employed physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other nonphysician providers for decades, yet there is little information on how satisfied these providers are with this form of practice. This paper examines how physician assistants evaluate their experience practicing in a large group model health maintenance organization and compares their attitudes and satisfaction […]