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  • December 01, 2016 10:00 AM | April Rodgers (Administrator)

    A surgical first assistant plays an integral role in the surgical team. Physicians have several options for how to fill and use the position. An option that should be considered is utilizing a physician assistant (PA) as a first assistant. As a PA myself, I feel it is important that physicians are aware of this option and understand its benefits.

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  • October 25, 2016 1:40 PM | April Rodgers (Administrator)


    Program Proceeds Will Benefit the PA Foundation Student Scholarship Fund

    Johns Creek, GA, Oct. 25, 2016 – The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) has announced a new designation to honor currently and formerly certified Physician Assistants who have proven their dedication to lifelong learning and maintenance of certification and are now retired from practice. The PA-C Emeritus designation will be awarded to those PAs who:

    ·         Are at least 60 years old or unable to practice due to permanent disability

    ·         Are retired from clinical practice

    ·         Have been NCCPA-certified at least 20 cumulative years as a PA

    ·         Have no reportable actions in their NCCPA disciplinary history

    According to NCCPA Board Chair Denni Woodmansee, MS, PA-C, “The PA-C Emeritus designation recognizes certified PAs who have a long history of upholding the highest professional standards. It is a title of respect that acknowledges their willingness to complete rigorous recertification requirements throughout their careers as part of their commitment to the patients they served.”

    Through the end of 2017, NCCPA will accept applications from all PAs meeting the requirements above. Beginning in 2018, applications will only be accepted from currently certified PAs, to be awarded when their PA-C certification expires.

    Proceeds from the one-time $50 application fee will be donated to the PA Foundation to expand the NCCPA Endowed Scholarship that funds three annual scholarships to PA students.

    The PA-C Emeritus an honorary title and is not equivalent to PA-C certification; it is intended for those who no longer need to maintain certification.

    For more information or to apply, PAs should visit www.nccpa.net/emeritus .

    About the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants: The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for physician assistants (PAs) in the United States. The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who fulfill certification, certification maintenance and recertification requirements. NCCPA also administers the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) program for experienced, Certified PAs practicing in seven specialties. For more information, visit www.PAsDoThat.net.

  • October 24, 2016 8:10 AM | April Rodgers (Administrator)

    Please click here to view the 2017 ICD-10 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. This update is important for all providers and practices as these are the official coding guidelines from CMS. Coding correctly will reduce the number of denied claimed and failed audits.

  • September 13, 2016 4:26 PM | April Rodgers (Administrator)

    12th Annual Health Ethics Conference

    DigiHealth 2016: Health Ethics and Storytelling in a Digital Age

    September 29 - 0ctober 1, 2016  Columbia, MO

    The MU Center for Health Ethics is excited to partner with DigiHealth, a multidisciplinary team of digital storytellers.

    From Facebook to Electronic Health Records, the ever-expanding forms of digital media bombarding clinicians, educators, and health care consumers pose complex ethical challenges.

    Join us as we engage in practical application, academic inquiry, and pure storytelling delight as we explore the ethical and unethical practices of digital media in the area of health.

    Conference Objectives:

    • Network with renowned storytellers, educators, clinicians and researchers who are changing the healthcare landscape through digital media, narrative medicine, innovative health technologies, and related neuroscience research.
    • Explore how digital media is being utilized to enhance health education and service delivery in order to promote patient-centered care and shared decision making.
    • Discuss concerns related to unethical use of digital storytelling and media which may result in exploitation, personal gain, and manipulation of vulnerable populations.
    Full Conference Brochure 
    Click here for registration form. 

  • July 19, 2016 7:48 AM | April Rodgers (Administrator)

    Noted for much of the early development and advancement of the PA profession in Missouri, Charles Drew Morten, passed away March 16, 2016.

    Drew and his wife moved to St. Louis, MO in 1977 where he completed a PA program and later earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Saint Louis University.

    After a number of years in clinical practice, Drew entered the field of health care administration, occupying a number of senior leadership positions with health care organizations in Missouri, including former President of the Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants (MOAPA).

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    Written by Joseph Bryant on May 20, 2016. Originally published at www.medelita.com

  • June 07, 2016 2:40 PM | April Rodgers (Administrator)

    A Missouri PA pioneer and MOAPA past president, Charles Drew Morten, passed away March 16, 2016. Drew and his wife moved to St. Louis, MO is 1977 where Drew completed a PA program and later earned a master's degree in public health from St. Louis University. Much of the early development and advancement of the PA profession in Missouri was directly related to Drew and his efforts. 

    In 1997 Drew and his family relocated to Connecticut where he served as the president of the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants. The CT PA Foundation is establishing a student PA scholarship in memory of Drew Morten, PA-C. 

    The scholarship will be awarded to a PA student who exemplified interest, action and advocacy for PA policy, scope of practice, and law.

    Please consider a gift in Drew's memory. 

  • April 04, 2016 4:19 PM | April Rodgers (Administrator)

    ARC-PA has granted Stephens College PA Program the status of Accreditation-Provisional. Thanks to all the many people and organizations who have given support.

  • September 25, 2015 7:00 AM | April Rodgers (Administrator)
    On Sept. 16, the general assembly enacted legislation allowing PAs to sign death certificates over the objections of Governor Jay Nixon, who vetoed the bill in July.

    Under this new law, PAs will be added to the list of healthcare professionals who may complete the medical certification necessary to issue a death certificate in Missouri. This helps address complications caused by delays in a death certificate being issued to family members. 

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  • September 23, 2015 8:43 AM | April Rodgers (Administrator)

    Update: 9/23/2015

    As promised, I was able to obtain a bit more information regarding the DEA and the issue with PAs prescribing hydrocodone. This information is coming directly from the Missouri BNDD who has been in contact with the DEA about this issue. Here is what I received:

    All the mid-level practitioners in Missouri are having the same issue with this.  They are all waiting on the DEA.

    I called our Mid-West regional DEA guy and asked him.

    Here is what he said:

    1.     Missouri copied the DEA on all the laws as they passed;

    2.     Missouri updated their laws and rules and have made the change;

    3.     The DEA has received our documentation and they are preparing to make the same adjustments….BUT

    4.     They are waiting on approval from their DEA attorneys.  Once the DEA legal department approves everything, then DEA will make the amendments.

    The hold up is the DEA registrations department is waiting on the DEA legal department.

    So the time frame of when this will be resolved appears to still be unknown but we will continue to monitor this and update all of you when more information becomes available. I know this is frustrating, but we will just have to be patient for a while longer. 

    Paul Winter, PA-C
    MOAPA President

  • September 21, 2015 12:30 PM | April Rodgers (Administrator)
    Click here to access the entire voting record from the recent Veto override session. Please look at both the House Of Rep as well as the Senate and identify your legislators and if they voted in favor of the override, please drop them a brief thank you email for their support. And if they voted against this, consider also emailing them and just reminding them that you are a PA in their district and you are disappointed that they did not support our efforts with this veto override and ask them if they have any questions about your profession that we can answer that would make them feel more comfortable supporting our efforts in the future.

    It is important that you inform them that you are an involved, voting member of their district and PA issues are very important to you. This kind of dialogue with your legislators, whether it be a thank you or a note expressing your disappointment, either way it is the on going dialogue that will be vital for future efforts. 

    Thank you,


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