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Physician Assistants who practice in Orthopaedics

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Thank you to all the PAs who work tirelessly to provide excellent patient care throughout America!  Hear from medical experts about why America Needs PAs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS9N7t_bKsk


PAOS CME in Chicago!

We are looking forward to more than 600 PAs joining us in Chicago, IL,
August 17 - 21, 2015 - as we continue our commitment to providing
excellent orthopaedic specific CME lectures and workshops in a great
location! Great opportunity to network with PAs joining us from nearly every state.  Register early and secure your housing today!  www.PAOS.org/cme

PAOS @ AAOE 2015

PAOS exhibits at the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE) Annual Meeting. Thanks to Tricia Marriott, Kemuel Carey and Mike Harvey for representing PAOS at this meeting!  Excellent opportunity to answer so many questions about the role and value of PAs in orthoapedics.  It was great to hear from so many administrators who love thier PAs!

VTE Prevention in Hip & Knee arthroplasty

Does your practice involve hip & knee arthroplasty? Learn more about VTE in this patient population! AAPA Learning Central module - https://cme.aapa.org/Activity/3040005/Detail.aspx

2015 AAOS Annual Meeting

PAOS was represent in Las Vegas at the 2015 AAOS Annual Meeting by Sam Dyer, MHS, PA-C, Kemuel Carey, MHS, PA-C, ATC, and Tricia Marriott, MPAS, PA-C.  It was a great week in the exhibit hall discussing access, quality and value of PAs in orthopaedics! We appreciated the positive feedback from many surgeons who stopped by to let us know about their great PAs! We also enjoyed the opportunity to meet several PAOS members and recruited a few new PAs into the PAOS family. Thank you for a great week at AAOS 2015!

PAOS forms alliance with AOA Own The Bone

PAOS forms an alliance with American Orthopaedic Association's Own The Bone program to promote increased awareness and improving the care of patients with osteoporosis and related fractures. In addition, we will be providing an Own The Bone minicourse at the 2015 PAOS CME conference! So many great resources are available online too!  Learn more at http://www.ownthebone.org/program-partnerships/organizational-alliance.aspx

JAAOS - New PAOS Member Benefit!

PAOS has signed an agreement with Wolters Kluwer to provide PAOS members access to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) more commonly referred to as the “yellow journal”. This PAOS member benefit will go” live” on December 1, 2014, and is available to ALL PAOS members in good standing. The JAAOS is a great source of foundational knowledge essential to every PA working in Orthopaedic Surgery. WoltersKluwer is one of the largest and most well respected providers of electronic medical educational materials. WoltersKluwer, through their OVID platform, in addition to having access to the JAAOS, PAOS members will also be able to review abstracts from more than 3000 other medical journals that are published by WoltersKluwer.
Beginning on December 1, 2014

All PAOS members will have access (included with PAOS membership):

-  24/7 electronic access to JAAOS via the PAOS member site
-  Access to over 3,000 additional journal abstracts
-  The full functionality of the Ovid platform
-  Links to training and additional support to follow
-  A $269+ / year value (non-member rate)

Links on the PAOS website will be activated 12/1/2014 for member access.  Look for additional details on the PAOS website forthcoming.  Access the journal at www.paos.org/members.

Thank you for supporting PAOS through membership and we are excited to offer this member benefit as we promote education for PAs practicing in orthopaedic surgery!

Harris Poll Shows PAs Are Trusted Healthcare Providers Who Improve Access

93 percent of respondents who have seen a PA agree PAs provide excellent patient service 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A new nationwide study confirms that patients believe PAs add value to healthcare teams and provide excellent patient service. The study, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of AAPA, surveyed more than 1,500 U.S. adults. Among an oversample of 680 Americans who have interacted with a PA in the last year (meaning either they personally saw a PA or were present for the visit of someone they care for), the survey revealed strong support for the care PAs deliver:

    93 percent agree PAs are going to be part of the solution to address the shortage of healthcare providers.
    93 percent agree PAs are trusted healthcare providers.
    92 percent agree having a PA at a practice makes it easier for a patient to get an appointment.
    91 percent agree PAs improve health outcomes for patients.
    91 percent agree PAs improve the quality of healthcare.

In an era when only 24 percent of U.S. adults say they have found a primary healthcare provider whom they like and trust, the findings show that PAs get high marks for the way they interact with patients. Ninety-three percent of those who have interacted with a PA say that PAs explain health or treatment matters in ways that are easily understandable and 91 percent agree that they or their loved one have a good relationship with the PA they see.

“The survey results prove what we have known to be true for years: PAs are an essential element in the healthcare equation and America needs PAs now more than ever,” said AAPA President John McGinnity, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA. “When PAs are on the healthcare team, patients know they can count on receiving high-quality care, which is particularly important as the system moves toward a fee-for-value structure.”

PAs scored highly when it came to value, with 93 percent of those who have interacted with a PA agreeing that PAs add value to healthcare teams. More than 8 in 10 (83 percent) say that PAs increase their or their loved one’s satisfaction with healthcare. Similarly, 82 percent indicated that PAs have educated them about how to stay well and prevent illness.

“These results tell us that PAs are not only good for patients, but also good for business,” continues McGinnity. “Patients want providers they can get to know and trust, and these results show PAs win over their patients with stellar care and excellent communication.”

The online survey was conducted Sept. 15–22, 2014, among 1,544 adults age 18 and older living in the U.S., including an oversample of 680 adults who have seen a PA and/or have accompanied a loved one to see a PA in the past 12 months. For a complete methodology, including weighting variables, please contact AAPA.

More than 100,000 certified PAs practice medicine throughout the U.S. and American military bases around the world. PAs practice in all medical settings, including hospitals, clinics, or physician’s offices, and they practice in every medical specialty, including primary care, emergency medicine, surgery, oncology, orthopaedics, psychiatry, radiology, pediatrics and more. The average PA will practice in two or three different specialties throughout his or her career, making the PA profession one of the most versatile in the healthcare industry today.

A typical PA will treat 3,500 patients in a year. PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, prescribe medication, and assist in surgery. A PA's role may also include education, research and administrative services.

Contact: Patrick Dunne, AAPA assistant director of communications, 571-319-4394, pdunne@aapa.org

About the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Founded in 1968, the American Academy of Physician Assistants is the national professional society for PAs. It represents a profession of more than 100,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories with the exception of Puerto Rico. Since the profession’s inception, PAs have also practiced within the uniformed services. AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. It works to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of PAs and to enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare. Visit www.aapa.org and www.pasconnect.org to learn more. 

About The Harris Poll

Over the last five decades, Harris Polls have become media staples. With comprehensive experience and precise technique in public opinion polling, along with a proven track record of uncovering consumers’ motivations and behaviors, The Harris Poll has gained strong brand recognition around the world. The Harris Poll offers a diverse portfolio of proprietary client solutions to transform relevant insights into actionable foresight for a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer packaged goods. Contact Harris for more information. 

- See more at: https://www.aapa.org/twocolumn.aspx?id=3358

Thank you for joining us in Orlando!


It was a great week of learning and networking in Orlando at the PAOS 15th Annual CME Conference with 59.25 hours of CME available!  653 attendees joined us this year for an excellent conference.  Thank you to everyone who attendend including the 30+ exhibitors in the exhibit hall!  We hope to see everyone in Chicago next year!  Join our 2015 CME mailing list at www.paos.org/cme/news.

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