Resolving the Discrepancy: Clarity on PA Supervision Rules
In one of our previous articles, we highlighted the discrepancy between the New York State Education Department and the New York Medicaid program regarding the supervision of physician assistants (PAs). This inconsistency posed challenges for physicians, PAs, and patients alike, raising concerns about the quality of care and administrative burdens. However, we are pleased to share that WCH has successfully clarified the disputed information, confirming the rules of PA supervision.
The conflicting guidelines between the New York State Education Department and the New York Medicaid program revolve around the number of PAs that a physician can supervise. While the Education Department allows for at least four PAs per license, the Medicaid program previously mandated only two. This inconsistency created ambiguity and raised questions about the implications for patient care and physicians' operational capacities.
With a commitment to resolving regulatory issues and promoting efficient healthcare practices, WCH took on the task of clarifying the disputed information. Through rigorous research and consultation, WCH has confirmed the rules of PA supervision. Under the current law, outlined in Section 6543 , NYS Medicaid permits a physician to supervise up to four PAs in their private practice. This clarity provides physicians, PAs, and patients with a clear understanding of the regulations and paves the way for streamlined operations and enhanced patient care.
This resolution ensures that physicians can effectively manage their practice while maintaining the highest standards of patient care. Furthermore, it reduces administrative burdens and allows for a more efficient allocation of resources within healthcare practices.When considering your practice development analysis needs, contact us and trust WCH's expertise and dedication to achieving regulatory compliance and practice optimization.