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  1. Bringing back an old thread. It seems still in this day & age there are many employers offering sh&t for PTO! If all PA's across all specialties stop accepting minimal PTO, then this won't happen, but obviously many are accepting very little PTO. I had one offer that was only 10 days PTO. I didn't even bother negotiating that. Even worse a while back, had an offer of only 7 days (though it was 12 hrs/day), and another that wasn't an offer, but out-of-state so I wanted to clarify what a hypothetical offer would be before flying out to interview, and it was 7 days (in this case 8 hour da
  2. I just got an offer for a general surgery position. I have no prior surgery experience other than rotations. Location: DFW, TX Salary $121,000 Retention bonus of $8k after 12 months (to be paid over the subsequent 12 mos), and then $5k after another 12 months 14 days PTO 5 days CME $750 (must be approved) Health insurance (no details given at this time) 401k after a year I think (not that concerned right now, as I'm paying off loans first, and more interested in investing in real estate) Liability coverage paid for (not including tail coverage) Licenses, etc. paid for I n
  3. Okay guys, I'm trying to break into derm with no previous derm experience. Well, other than a clinical rotation, but that was nearly 4 years ago, and only 4 weeks, so I don't think that counts for much. Here's my plan: I've joined SDPA and am going to try to complete the Diplomate program. That depends on them accepting me into it, since I do not currently work for a dermatologist. I figure this will somewhat make up for my lack of experience. I can at least come in with more extensive book knowledge. It also shows my level of commitment to derm vs just applying without any experience or
  4. This is how I feel. I'm actively looking for another job, and have a few interviews this week. I honestly hadn't planned on being there as long as I have, but just got comfortable, and stopped putting a lot of effort into searching for a new job. I think the time is about up for these types of clinics. One of the other employee providers, not an owner, was saying that BCBS is now only allowing an office visit code to be used once a month for hypogonadism. I'm not surprised, and I bet that the others aren't too far behind. I see this business tanking in the next 3-5 years, perhaps even soone
  5. I've been working at a testosterone clinic for a while, and I'm questioning their billing practices. I'm trying to find another job anyway, but I'm wondering what you guys think of this. They're billing all visits at least a 99213. 90% of the visits are just the patient coming in for their weekly injection. Before I started, I assumed this would be a 99212. Even with me seeing the patient, it's a simple, quick visit. They are now wanting to add a FULL HPI to the notes, with all the elements. I've objected to this, saying that I refuse to put something in the note that isn't being done. Whic
  6. I know this thread is old, but I'm bringing it back. I'm jealous of a lot of your schedules. My practice is 10 minute acute visits and follow-ups, 20 minutes for procedures or complex problems like chest pain or abdominal pain (supposed to be, sometimes these still get scheduled as 10 min appts depending what the patient tells the scheduler), and 30 minutes for physical exams. I honestly hate the 10 minute appointments, and as others have pointed out, I really don't feel like I can give quality care to a patient in 10 minutes. My schedule tends to be a log-jam first thing in the morning, as we
  7. I graduated in August 2015, and I started the process in April. I had a phone interview in April, a face-to-face interview for a different job in June, and finally had 2 interviews and 2 job offers just a couple days after taking the PANCE. There's no harm in starting to browse and apply for some jobs in the next couple months. From my experience, it seems most places are wanting to hire ASAP, so they may not be willing to wait for you to graduate, and you'll have much better luck as you get closer to graduation. By the way, I was in a similar situation, applying where I had no contacts. Howev
  8. https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/eval-mgmt-serv-guide-ICN006764.pdf There's a lot of reading there, but those are the guidelines. There are basically 3 key components, the history, exam, and medical decision making. There are specific requirements for each of these to reach the level 4, but you only need to reach level 4 in 2 of those 3 key areas. It's too complex for me to explain in a post, but that guide should help.
  9. I'm not in the hospital setting, though it sounds to me like their expectations for a new PA may be unrealistic. I did a hospital rotation and my preceptor said that all he expected of a new PA was for them to give him enough info about the patient that HE can formulate a diagnosis and plan. I would express your concern over your training with your boss. Do so tactfully, but emphasize that you did not go through a hospital rotation while in school, and may have very limited experience in some of these procedures. Nobody is an expert after doing something once. The main thing I have taken away
  10. Salary.com seemed to be more in line with the types of pay rates I found when looking for a job. The AAPA report was way too low. Most job postings don't post a salary, but some do. Do some searches and see if you can find what other employers are offering, heck even apply. You'd certainly have negotiating power with another offer on the table!
  11. I'm attending a billing & coding workshop on Tuesday. I hope to get a clear understanding of this for the first time in my life! I'll let you know what I find out!
  12. You should only be paying an additional 7.65% vs. being an employee. This is half of FICA & Medicare tax, which is covered by the employer if you're an employee. Did you do your own taxes, or hire someone? Definitely a mistake on your tax calculations. Also agree you should be making more than $108k. What is the value of the benefits you're not getting? I saw an ad for a 1099 job offering $90/hr (granted that's just an ad, take it with a grain of salt).
  13. I'm not sure of the specifics, but they've been doing it this way for years. I'm sure they're within the laws. I rarely see Medicare patients, it's almost all private insurance because we only started accepting Medicare (and only for our established patients aging into it) this year. Anyway, that's another topic.
  14. I'm not sure what my average patients per day would be, but I've seen as much as 31 in a day, and as little as 6 (on a half-day). Probably average around 15. Reimbursement is higher than average because an SP signs off on every note, and apparently that allows them to bill at the same rate as a physician, as far as I understand. Total collections for year one $550k.
  15. I work in family practice, with a salary plus bonus, which equals roughly 19% of my collections total. This seems low to me, although my total pay is above the median for my area. I've now been seeing patients for a full year, and I'm thinking if I want any kind of raise, I'm going to have to initiate that. What would be a fair pay rate? Should I push to a level that would be 25 or 30% of my collections? Does anyone know of any resources that show an average pay rate in terms of percentage of collections for family practice?
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