This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 32.5 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.

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PA services are reimbursable at a percentage of the physician rate by most major federal programs, insurance companies and workers' compensation programs.

Reimbursement at a Glance

PAs are reimbursable under Federal Health Laws that regulate Medicare. Most insurance companies also cover services performed by the physician/PA team. The Medical Group Management Association 2001 Physician Compensation survey found that the average total charges for a surgical PA in that year was $321,225.


Medical Reimbursement

Care Setting

Reimbursement Rate

Office/Clinic when physician is not on site Home visit/House Call
Skilled Nursing Facility & Nursing Facility
Hospital; non-shared visit service

85% of physician fee

First assisting at surgery in all settings

85% of physician first assist fee schedule

Office/Clinic when physician is on site
Hospital; shared visit service

100% of physician fee

Federally Certified Rural Health Clinics



On capitation basis


Other Reimbursement

Reimbursing Program/Entity

Reimbursement Rate

Medicaid fee-for-service or managed care programs

Varies by State
from 68%-100% of physician fee

Private insurance programs (fee-for-service, HMOs, PPOs, etc.)

Varies by Program
most provide at least partial reimbursement

Workers’ Compensation

Varies by State
from 53% to 100% of physician fee,
some depend on insurance policy

TRICARE (formerly CHAMPUS) covers all medically necessary services

Varies by Program
TRICARE Standard: 65% for first assisting,
85% for comparable services


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