Stephen H. Hanson, PA-C

Stephen H. Hanson, PA-C

Stephen H. Hanson, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA, is a 30-year PA currently practicing in Bakersfield, Calif., in plastic and reconstructive surgery with the Grossman Burn Centers. Hanson has served in many specialties during the span of his career including public health, OB/GYN, occupational injury, urgent care and emergency medicine. E-mail him here.



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PAs have always taken a team approach to medicine. That focus is applicable to policy issues as well as clinical ones.

Some physicians are opposed to giving full prescribing authority to PAs. Here's why they are wrong.

I have heard some physicians use malpractice risks as a reason to not work with PAs. Here's how I respond.

How can we combat some of the problems that are arising due to EHRs? Here’s my prescription.

The EHR at my facility takes three separate login steps to get into the record to document a patient encounter or retrieve information. Is there a better way?

Recent research indicates that PAs can improve the healthcare system, and recent policy changes help ensure that they have the opportunity to do so.

We are often so overwhelmed with our everyday practice problems that it can be difficult to remember the bigger picture. Here's a reminder.

We seem to always talk about the EHR from the perspectives of healthcare providers. But what do patients think of EHRs?

As a PA, I routinely help families cope with illness and debilitation of a loved one, but it is much harder to be objective with your own parent.

The PA profession has evolved significantly since 1967, but the influence of our military brethren and the debt of honor we owe them is not forgotten.


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