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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



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!

2013 PAOS CME Housing - NOW OPEN

Plan now to join us in San Antonio for the 14th Annual PAOS CME Conference September 9-13, 2013

Please book your rooBook Now!m early as we have sold out the conference the past 3 years.  We have increased the hotel block and conference space this year, but please plan ahead as we are expecting a great conference with excellent topics and speakers and professional networking for PAs!  We were able to negotiate a significant room discount of $199/night (+taxes/fees) for the conference.  Learn more about this beautiful  location at www.jwsanantonio.com.

Book your room now at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10482178.  

Visit www.paos.org/cme for the latest conference information.  Conference registration opens June 1, 2013

Conference highlights:

  • Over 30 Category I CME hours Available
  • Coding & Billing for PAs in Orthopaedics presented by Mary LeGrand from KarenZupko & Associates
  • Optional Workshops to include Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair, Casting & Splinting, MSK Ultrasound I & II, and more
    Dr. Rockwood
  •  Key note speaker address by Charles Rockwood, MD

    Dr. Probe

  • Guest Speaker Robert Probe, MD - OTA Immediate Past President

Learn more about the CME conference at www.PAOS.org/cme.

2012 Conference Attendee comments:

This was my first year attending. It was a great course with applicable content. Looking forward to next year! Thank you.

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!

See you in San Antonio!

We invite you to a city unlike any other—San Antonio—a land of epic battles, flowing rivers and a flourishing culture. From the stones of the Alamo and the meandering paths of the River Walk to Sea World San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio takes you on a journey through a land as grand as its reputation. Explore the rolling terrain of San Antonio’s Hill Country, a lush oasis offering resorts with top-notch golf courses, spas and waterparks. So come, find for yourself that San Antonio is more than a convention destination. Learn more at www.visitsanantonio.com.


 * This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers plan to request 36.25 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit from the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Total number of approved credits yet to be determined.