The Status of EBP in the PA Profession

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Status of EBP in the PA Profession Introduction The entire health industry is highly commercial and the face of the industry has changed and so has the requirements. Value creation today is mostly done by pharmacy benefit managers, doctors, nurses and the Physician Assistant--PA. These and health maintenance organizations are the new healthcare players. They are in need of modern tools to improve the medical cost management skills, and creating a competitive organizational culture. (Lopez, 7) The evidence-based practice which evolved in early 1990s was related to create organizational development including finding evidence for a specific clinical condition which later spread to become evidence-based practice as a part of management approach to service improvement. (Dunning, Delivering Better Health Care: What can go wrong when you are implementing evidence-based practice? Some lessons from the development process) One of the important acts that brought in the role of the Physician Assistants is the Affordable Care Act--ACA, passed by Congress in 2010 which created a value for the PA profession. Thus now there is a "formal recognition of PAs as providers of patient-centered, team-based primary medical care." (Hanson, Physician Assistants: Recognized, Valued in Healthcare Reform) Physician Assistants are now one of the vital parts of healthcare professionals in the U.S, and they are now integrated into newly established models of coordinated care. PAs are indispensable

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