American Academy of Physician Assistants

Business of Medicine

Most PAs must deal with the business side of medicine in addition to caring for patients and keeping up with the latest research.

Below are links to helpful resources in this area.


Reimbursement is one of the essential elements that determines your value and economic contribution to your practice.

Understanding third-party payer policies will help maximize your economic value and avoid allegations of fraud and abuse.

Business ownership

Owning a practice or other healthcare business is complex and can present special challenges for PAs.

These resources can help you decide whether ownership or working for yourself is right for you.

Independent contracting

Issues to consider when becoming an independent contractor, such as eligibility and Medicare laws.

Patient-centered medical home (PCMH)

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and PA practice were made for each other. Both are based on a team practice model with the patient front and center.

Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is a voluntary reporting program developed by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that uses a combination of financial incentive payments and payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality measure data by eligible PAs.