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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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.

I would be lying if I said I would not be scared if confronted with an Ebola patient, but that's all the more reason to actively pitch in and prepare.

A new national poll not only validates physician assistant care, but verifies what I've known about my profession for years.

It is gratifying to see the National Governors Association come to the realization that PAs can help solve patient access problems.

Having good practice environments in every state for physician-PA teams is good for our patients and good for physicians.

Understanding the bigger picture can help ease the transition when your EHR system is changed or updated.

The physician assistant profession is booming due to the unique strengths it brings to the healthcare system and healthcare teams.


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