A growing aging population, healthcare reform, earlier diagnosis of disease states and an overall sicker population with more comorbidities than ever before has created the need for a more collaborative relationship between primary care and behavioral health care providers. For Federation, the role of the Physician Assistant has proven to be an invaluable asset which has allowed the agency to bridge the gap between primary care and behavioral health services.
Federation utilizes the services of the physician assistant (PA) across a majority of the programs we operate. The PA plays a unique role within the agency and serves as an intermediary between behavioral health providers and primary care doctors or specialists. The role bridges the gap between service providers breaking communication barriers and allowing clinicians to have a more comprehensive quality approach to the whole patient. In addition, Federation has the technological capability to incorporate telehealth sessions as another way to make healthcare available and accessible to all. As an agency, we are able to design a customized integrated service that will best meet the needs of the individuals we serve as well as the organizations and managed care providers we partner with.