Did This Paper Throw Physician Assistants Under the Bus?

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When a Minnesota newspaper reported on a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) review of an incident at a local hospital, one physician assistant took exception. The incident involved a hospitalized psychiatric patient who shot and killed a county deputy before being killed himself. The patient was treated by a PA. The St. Cloud Times report on the CMS inquiry suggested the incident could have been avoided had a physician seen the patient, and called for new protocols at the hospital. In a subsequent Letter to the Editor, 16-year veteran PA Seth Wittner called the news report “nasty, demeaning to physician assistants and unfair beyond words.”

Source: St. Cloud Times

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