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New PANRE Model From NCCPA Concerns Some PAs.....READ MORE
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2014 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants
Annals of Health Law Publishes Perspective on Promising Future of PAs.....The Physician Assistant (PA) profession is a true healthcare innovation, according to an article published in the most recent edition (volume 24, issue 1) of the Annals of Health Law, The Health Policy and Law Review of Loyola University Chicago. "Access and Innovation in a Time of Rapid Change: Physician Assistant Scope of Practice," by lead author Ann Davis, MS, PA-C, vice president of constituent organization outreach and advocacy for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA),
New Regulation for PAs Prescribing Pain Medications in RI...READ MORE
Mass Pharmacies No Longer Accepting Scripts From RI PAs.....READ MORE
Governor Gina Raimondo recently signed into law a bill establishing legal limits on opioid prescriptions and mandating that prescribers review the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database prior to prescribing opioid medications. This was just one of the bills included in the Governor's legislative agenda aimed at limiting access to addictive prescription painkillers and expanding access to addiction treatment.
Here's a summary of what all prescribers need to know to be in compliance with the new law: Learn More
Important Update for PAs Treating Medicare Patients
We recently learned that a local diagnostic imaging service has been denied payment for studies ordered by PAs. The denials were reportedly due to the ordering PAs not being authorized Medicare providers.
In order to be a Medicare authorized provider a PA must obtain an NPI number and register with Medicare via the via the Internet-basedProvider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS). Many PAs who have been enrolled as Medicare providers for many ears may not realize that they need to be enrolled via PECOS. To check for compliance, CMS has posted a PECOS Ordering/Referral File. If you are not listed in this file you need to update your information in the Internet based PECOS
for details and links to Medicare resources see Medicare Reimbursement for PAs
Please post any questions or comments on the General Information Forum
PAs are health care professionals who are licensed to practice medicine in collaboration with physicians. PAs have become an integral part of the medical team over the years, offering increased access to high quality health care for the patient.
We are a professional organization that serves the PA community in Rhode Island. We provide resources for professional development and advocate for public policy issues affecting both the PA profession and the patients we serve.
Please use our website as an informational tool for updates on legislation, membership, and upcoming events.
Jocelyn Costa, PA-C
Rhode Island is in the midst of an epidemic of overdose deaths from prescription and illicit opioid drugs. So far this year there have been 127 deaths reported from overdoses of either prescribed or street drugs.
Please take a few minute to visit:
Search and Rescue Rhode Island: Addressing the Misuse of and Addiction to Prescription Drugs in Our Practices - where you will find resources available to help stem the the epidemic of overdose deaths.