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Join us in Orlando!

Join us in Orland for the 15th Annual PAOS CME conference September 29 - October 1, 2014.

Registration is now open at www.paos.org/cme.  Share this news with a colleague!

Highlights for our 2014 course:

  • 56.75 total hours of Category I CME to choose from this year - including many optional minicourses and workshops
  • 6.25 hour Coding  & Reimbursement workshop specifically for PAs practicing in Orthopaedic Surgery - presented by nationally known speaker Mary LeGrand, RN, MA, CCS-P, CPC, with KarenZupko & Associates.  She speaks at AAOS meetings and other orthopaedic conferences across the country.  (Optional Workshop - Space is limited.  Whether a seasoned PA or a new graduate,  this is a great course where you will learn something new!)
  • Excellent, well-respected speakers from across the country
  • 26 BOC CEU credits available for the dually credentialed PA/ATs
  • As a fiscally responsibly organization run by full-time practicing PAs, we provide the greatest value per CME of nearly all PA conferences.  (For example:  Our conference is $24.27/CME hour compared to AAPA MSK Galaxy at $44.18/CME hour this year.)
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues attending from nearly all 50 states
  • Workshops & Mini-courses - learn more in optional small, interactive breakout sessions
  • Beautiful meeting location and premier meeting for PAs who practice in orthopaedics

The full brochure is available at www.paos.org/cme/schedule
 

Prior Conference Attendee Comments:

What a great course. Been to many AAOS meetings with limited lectures/info for PAs. Lectures were pertinent, concise, and informative.  Will take back lots of info for our practice.  Thanks, PAOS!

This was by far the best/most appropriate level conference I have ever been to! Plan on attending EVERY year possible!

Please secure your housing early as we anticipate a full conference.

Plan now for the PAOS 2014 CME meeting in Orlando by making your housing reservation early.  Invite a friend to join you!  Our conference continues to grow and we have sold out our housing block for the past few years.  Plan accordingly and make your reservations soon.

The Walt Disney World Swan is a beautiful facility and hosts numerous medical and professional societies.  It has appeal to families and professionals without children alike.  You will not be disappointed by the location or accommodations!

Make your reservations now at www.PAOS.org/cme/housing

Walt Disney World Swan Resort

In the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is your gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions. The resort is located in between Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood StudiosTM, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Magic Kingdom® Park. Come discover our 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds® and the luxurious Mandara Spa. Enjoy five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, and many special Disney benefits, including complimentary transportation to Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Attractions, and the Extra Magic Hours benefit.

More information: www.PAOS.org/cme/housing
 

* This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 56.75 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit (50.5 for general CME and 6.25 for the Coding & Reimbursement workshop) by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA's CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.
 
* This program provides a maximum of 26.5 BOC credits for Athletic Trainers

PAOS advocacy at AAOE meeting

PAOS was represented at the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives annual meeting in Washington DC June 1 - 3, 2014.  A great opportunity for advocacy as we answered questions about hospital policy, state scope of practice, PA utlization and finding PAs for practices across the country.  Thanks to PAOS website manager Kemuel Carey and Tricia Marriott for representing PAOS at this important meeting.

PAOS @ AAPA Impact 2014

Thanks to PAOS President Paul Desillier for representing PAOS in the exhibit hall at Impact 2014 in Boston!  PAOS President-Elect Tom Gocke and Vice-President Dennis Gregory advocated for PAOS while in the HOD.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello!  We hope to see you in Orlando at the PAOS CME conference Sept 29 - October 3, 2014!

PAOS advocates for PAs at the AAOS Annual Meeting in NOLA!

On behalf of PAOS, Tom Gocke, Kemuel Carey, Tricia Marriott and Danny Engle advocated for PAs while exhibiting at the 2014 AAOS Annual Meeting! We enjoyed our time in New Orleans while communicating the value of PAs with orthopaedic surgeons, practice administrators and other exhibitors.  Thanks to all the PAOS members who stopped by the booth to say hello! We introduced PAOS to a few colleagues and look forward to their membership.  Special thanks to Tricia Marriott, PA-C, who presented at an ICL on the team approach to healthcare - she represented PAs very well! We are looking forward to next year's meeting in Las Vagas!

2014 PAOS Officer Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for Vice-President, Treasure, and 3 Regional Directors (Northwest, Southwest and North Central) Board of Director positions for our upcoming election to be held March 1-31, 2014.  Please consider sharing your interest, expertise and love for the profession by becoming involved with PAOS leadership to provide future direction for our growing organization!  Nominations are due by February 15, 2014.  Learn more at http://www.paos.org/election/2014-nominations.

Happy PA Week!

Use this week to highlight the excellence we provide in the delivery of healthcare in America!  America Needs PAs - encourage a student to join the PA profession and take time to be a preceptor for our future generation of PAs.  Share the co-branded PAOS & AAPA poster at your office and community - download here.  Find more information for PA week at www.aapa.org/paweek.

Happy PA Week - October 6-12, 2013! 

Thank you from San Antonio!

The 14th Annual PAOS CME conference has come to a close in San Antonio for 550+ attendees. It was a week of terrific speakers delivering 54.25 hours of orthopaedic CME, networking and fellowship! In addition we contributed $5000 to the Fisher House - a well-deserving charity that provides support for military families -http://www.fisherhouse.org/. A special thanks to Scot Rheinecker and his CME team for making this a great event! We look forwarding to seeing everyone again in Orlando, FL, next fall - date and location to be announced soon. Join the 2014 CME mailing list at http://www.paos.org/cme/news

Action Needed: CMS Rule affecting PAs in Ortho Surgery!

On August 19, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule that, unless changed before its October 1 implementation date, will cause tremendous problems in the hospital admissions process. 

Failure to change this provision will make it virtually impossible for PAs and other qualified healthcare practitioners to continue to admit patients to hospitals. By requiring the attending physician of record to be physically on-site in order to admit a patient, the new rule will create a significant barrier to patient care, as well as an enormous challenge to hospital staffing.

We need you to contact your Members of Congress immediately!

Please contact your Representative and Senators today to express your concerns and urge them to contact CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to request CMS delay implementation of this rule until CMS has removed, modified or clarified section 412.3(b) so PAs can continue to admit patients to hospitals.

Republished from AAPA Action Alert:  http://www.capwiz.com/aapa/issues/alert/?alertid=62853736

Additional information available at http://www.aapa.org/news_and_publications/pa_pro_now/item.aspx?id=6644

AAPA, FAPA and PAOS Support Change to University of St. Augustine’s Orthopaedic Program

With the strong encouragement and endorsement from the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA), Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS) and AAPA, the University of St. Augustine has changed the title of its master’s program from orthopaedic physician assistant to orthopaedic assistant (MOA). AAPA, FAPA and PAOS fully support the new designation. The Florida Commission on Independent Education also approved the change. The university is confident that both the National Board for Certification of Orthopedic Physician’s Assistants (NBCOPA) and American Society of Orthopaedic Physician's Assistants (ASOPA) will approve a similar change in designation (OPA-C to OA-C) at their upcoming meetings.

FAPA and AAPA, in consultation with PAOS, first contacted the University of St. Augustine two years ago after learning that the university planned to launch a “master’s in orthopaedic physician assistant” program. Although both FAPA and AAPA support increased education for the clinical workforce, they had significant concerns about program graduates violating physician assistant title protection laws not only in Florida but across the country and the patient confusion that could result from the use of the designation. Physician assistants practicing in orthopaedics and orthopaedic physician’s assistants are distinctly different professions even though they have similar titles. More information about the distinctions between the two professions can be found in AAPA’s issue brief on the subject.

The university has no control, in Florida or elsewhere, over any of its graduates or others who received the OPA-C designation and continue practicing under that title despite the anticipated action of the NBCOPA and ASOPA. However, leaders in both FAPA and AAPA strongly emphasize that doing so places individuals in legal jeopardy in states such as Florida, where unauthorized use of the “PA” designation is against the law and in direct violation of the state’s title protection statutes.

Watch for related news and continuing developments on AAPA.org, AAPA’s Facebook page, Twitter and in Medical Watch. If you have any questions please contact Stephanie Radix, JD, AAPA director of constituent organization outreach and advocacy, sradix@aapa.org.

Republished from AAPA - http://www.aapa.org/news_and_publications/pa_pro_now/item.aspx?id=6578

 

http://www.aapa.org/news_and_publications/pa_pro_now/item.aspx?id=6578

2013 CME Registration - Now Open

The 2013 PAOS CME program is approved for a maximum of 34.25 hours of Category 1 CME by the Physician Assistant Review Panel and 24.5 BOC CEUs for athletic trainers.  Registration is open at www.paos.org/cme/registration.  Join us in San Antonio!