Does your practice have to schedule new patients out a month or more?
Many orthopedic practices are feeling the pinch of supply-and-demand, which may contribute to healthier bottom lines but not necessarily healthier, satisfied patients. As the aging baby boomer population is lining up for arthroplasty and other services and newly insured patients are being added to the healthcare system under the Accountable Care Act, orthopedic surgery is a specialty that will feel the squeeze of increasing demand. In fact, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) predicts a shortage of more than 6,000 orthopedic surgeons by 2020.
This explains why physician assistants are in great demand in orthopedic surgery and are working in every orthopedic subspecialty, in every clinical setting.