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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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The NCCPA recently proposed more CAQs for PAs in specialty areas of medicine and may make them mandatory. This is a bad idea, says one provider.

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In the era of team-based healthcare, it’s important for PAs to be used to the fullest of their capabilities. Here are six elements to make that happen.


As healthcare continues its transition to the digital world, patient is a virtue and flexibility is vital when it comes to leveraging the EHR.


Are EHRs becoming more end-user friendly? This provider has seen recent proof that this might actually be happening.


With ICD-10 rapidly approaching, our resident PA, Stephen Hanson looks at the importance of EHR usability in the transition.


While there are more tools than ever within the EHR, many providers are still not using them to their fullest. There are multiple reasons why.


Technology tools, like Apple’s ResearchKit, present exciting opportunities for healthcare, but they must be regulated to protect personal health data.


In a changing healthcare environment, it’s important for physicians, PAs, and everyone else in the care team to get on the same page.

I don't want to stop doing surgery until I'm physically unable to perform safely; however, there are a lot things that I want to do outside of medicine.

The ACA has increased the demand for providers at all levels, and that demand will only continue to grow as more patients enter the healthcare system.


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