Finding a Job
The RIAPA has joined forces with Webscribble to help match
PAs looking for carriers with employers looking for PAs.
The way it works is that PAs can post their resume on the job
for free and confidentially.
Employers looking for PAs pay the site to provide them with PAs
seeking jobs that they may have available.
The RIAPA benefits by earning a percentage of that transaction.
Practice Settings in RI
Rhode Island offers an endless selection of practice settings for you to chose from. From small private practices and rural health to a Level 1 Trauma Left and Ivy League teaching hospital.
Every specialty is represented in RI.
Although the RIAPA does not give legal advice, we strongly advise you to have a clear understanding, in writing, as to what the terms of your employment will be. You can call it anything from a Letter of Understanding to an Agreement of Employment. Do not get this confused with a Practice Agreement which outlines your scope of practice. What we are talking about here is the terms of your employment. Make sure you cover things like
How many hours a week?
How many hours of call and how often?
How is call paid?
Transportation compensation for multiple sites?
Terms of vacation, sick and CME time?
How is CME covered?
Do they cover State License, DEA, Prof. Organizations?
Do they cover recertification and exams?
Do they cover your phone bill?
Health, Life and Dental and Disability Insurance?
Retirement Planning, Matched contributions?
If it's not on paper you have no proof it was agreed to or discussed.
A good lawyer can keep you out of an expensive mess.
Roles, Rules and Responsibilities
Rhode Island is one of the best states in the country for
PA Practice. Our laws and regulations were carefully
crafted with PA input and oversight but also in collaboration
with many others. It is your responsibility to know and
understand the laws, rules and regulations under which you practice.
You may find the current laws and regulations here.
Third Party Reimbursement
This is another sticky area that you really need to learn about and be aware as to how your practice is billing for your services.
When you see a patient and a bill to an insurance company is sent out (with the exception of certain situations) it will have your name on it and you will be legally responsible for what is on the paper.
This means if you are incorrectly billing (knowingly or unknowingly) you will be held liable. You can be charged with fraud and receive fines, be banned from Medicare for life or jail time.
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Practice