Better Utilization of PAs Could Aid Aging Cardiology Workforce, Boost Compensation
from Cardiovascular Business
Viet Le has talked with other physician assistants in cardiology who feel they are little more than "glorified scribes." Early in his career, he felt confined to that role at times, too. Now, he and two nurse practitioners work on cardiovascular research projects at Intermountain Heart Institute in Salt Lake City with three physicians who treat the advanced practice providers like colleagues, Le said. Better utilization of APPs may soon become a nationwide necessity. MedAxiom's annual Cardiovascular Provider Compensation & Production survey revealed 45 percent of American cardiologists are 56 or older and 20 percent are 61 or older.
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