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Increased Demand in Physician Assistants Requires Proper Training Says Nexus Insurance Services

The number of physician assistants in the U.S. is expected to increase, which increases the risk of medical malpractice.

PRLog - Aug. 1, 2011 - RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. -- Out of all health care professionals, it’s been projected that there will be an increase in demand for physician assistants in upcoming years.   Physician assistants are important to the health care system in that they help relieve physicians of routine duties and procedures, plus they are more cost-effective for hospitals and clinics to employ.  However, because physician assistants will have more responsibilities, including helping out with medical and surgical procedures, this increases the risk of medical malpractice.  

PAs work under the supervision of a physician or doctor and are trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services.  According to the United States Department of Labor, physician assistants held about 74,800 jobs 2008 and that number is expected to grow 39% to 103,900 in 2018.  This dramatic increase means that physicians and doctors should take steps to properly train and supervise their assistants in order to prevent any malpractice claims.  

“Proper training and development is key to the success of any medical professional, especially physician assistants,” says Michael Kataf of Nexus Insurance Services, a medical malpractice insurance broker specializing in physician assistant malpractice insurance. “Physicians and doctors are still liable for any errors made by their assistants, so its important to establish a good relationship with assistants and maintain clear lines of communication.”

Kataf offers these additional tips to help physician assistants avoid a malpractice claim:

   * Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  If you are unsure at all of any procedure or diagnosis, ask the physician in charge.

   * Education doesn’t stop at graduation.  Take risk management courses to learn more about how to reduce the risks of malpractice.

   * Always be open and honest with patients.  Most malpractice lawsuits happen because of misunderstandings and lack of communication between doctor and patient.  

   * Request periodic refresher training workshops from the doctor, hospital, or clinic to stay updated on skills and procedures.  

“As the number of physician assistants entering the medical field increase, it’s going to be very important for doctors and physicians to be proactive and invest more time in training.  This will save a great deal of headache and costly lawsuits in the long run,” says Kataf.  

About Nexus Insurance Services

Nexus Insurance Services is a professional insurance broker that has helped many doctors, lawyers, realtors, and business owners gain access to insurance providers for their practice or business.  The company's mission is to be a firm that brings real value to clients, builds personal relationships on top of business ones, and always conducts itself with sincerity, integrity and fairness.  Because of the relationships with many providers, the company is able to shop a client's application around to get the best rates.  Contact Nexus Insurance for a free, no obligation quote for medical malpractice insurance, professional liability insurance, or workers compensation insurance.  For more information, visit:  http://www.nexus-insurance.net

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