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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

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