Overworked, underpaid and poor outlook to future
Physician Assistant (Current Employee) – Whittier, CA – March 12, 2015
Start by seeing 10-11 patients in morning session which spills over into lunch. Spend lunch finishing charting and working on never ending task list that includes- med refills, lab reviews, return messages, review consult notes, call back patients. Second half of the day see another 10 patients that again spills past 5 o'clock hour and again finish charting and handling task list so that it does not carry over to next day.
There was some support from other providers who were part of Bright Health Physicians (bought out by PIH) but no administrative support to PA's with PIH.
The work week was based on 36pt contact hours giving 4hrs/wk to administrated time, however that is going away for PA's although they see and do as much if not more than MDs. Also now starting to add late shifts and weekend hours that were not expected before.
benefits- cme time and compensation, no call