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  1. As president of PAs for Tomorrow (PAFT), I intentionally held off on responding to this until I discussed this with my board and my our membership. Our OTP focus will be on educating--but we will concentrate on, as you suggested, educating healthcare. We ill not use words that directly (mid-level, advance practice provider) or indirectly (autonomy, independence) lump us with NPs. I will provide more information as we further develop our plan. We are looking at potential focus on educating a couple of major medical groups that have been untouched in the past, as far as I can find. More lat
  2. PAs for Tomorrow conducted a one question poll on FB. Over 600 responses. Single question: Do you know what optimal team practice is? 51% Yes. 49% no. Time for some education, folks.
  3. http://county.pueblo.org/government/county/department/coroner/coroner
  4. This came to me via one of my board members, who also happened to be on the original FPAR task force. We have an emergency situation. There is a resolution being put forth by RI/TX/VA that will completely gut and reverse the language in the OTP policy passed last year. We need to do a similar campaign like we did last year, emailing and speaking to everyone we know to vote against this resolution. To all of you who supported OTP last year in the historic vote, we need your help again. Please contact your CO delegates and tell them to vote NO!. A resolution by several of the P
  5. PAs for Tomorrow sent a letter (email) to the medical commission calling for the removal of Mr Anderson from his position.
  6. I am not a lawyer (thankfully). NCCPA is probably exempt from antitrust as a certifying organization. It is when they actively lobby a state to require PAs to take their examination as a condition of employment that I think they cross the line to anti-trust
  7. I am one of those old timers mentioned frequently in this thread. I've been in practice for 36 years and am retiring from clinical practice this summer. While I do not consider physicians (read that as physician groups) as our friend, they must be recognized for what they really are to the PA profession--part of a symbiotic relationship. We can't survive without them, they can't survive without us. We can't survive without them. After 50+ years as a profession, we are not going away. BUT: They control the medical boards, they control state medical societies, and they have more contr
  8. Did anyone note that this publication also lists Mr. Anderson as a member of the editorial board? That being said, there was nothing in his "article" the indicated it was purely an editorial.
  9. I agree he is entitled to his opinion, but as an appointed member of the medical commission, his opinion should be kept to himself--he is on the commission to represent PAs, not himself.
  10. I apologize in advance for using the "S" word, but apparently that is the law.... As several stated, depends on your state laws--and it must be looked at from both the physician side and the PA (passive aggressive) side, but think through the possibilities I don't see in this chain 1: Is the SP setting you up to leave so that a NP can be hired? 2: Do you workup, and refer every patient to the SP. Let him/her get behind. As a PA (Passive-Aggressive), that is your inherent right, and puts the malpractice burden on the SP 100% 3: Is your SP also the medical director? If
  11. When NCCPA goes to a state (think WV last year) and lobbies for PANRE as a condition of licensure--thus making the PANRE a "high stakes exam," does anyone think that maybe they are in violation of federal anti-trust laws? Antitrust Violations. Violations of laws designed to protect trade and commerce from abusive practices such as price-fixing, restraints, price discrimination, and monopolization. The principal federal antitrust laws are the Sherman Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 1-7) and the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 12-27).
  12. I retired in 04. First job was locums as VA, quite a bit of autonomy--VA Clinic Gallup only had two providers. Next was in UK--part of pilot program so we brought OTP in without calling it that (our training in some ways exceeds the GP over there. 4 years civilian practice. Both PAs were retired military given quite a bit of freedom. They hired a 3rd PA, non military trained, but she was worthless--couldn't keep up. Since then been with military medicine. I plan on retiring from clinical practice this summer, but will continue to be a thorn in Colorado's side as I push for OTP.
  13. Optimal team practice (OTP) is a big deal these days. It has been since last May when AAPA made it the official policy. There is a reticence to accept OTP at the state level. I was in a recent discussion with a fellow PA (and board member of PAs for Tomorrow) who is a military retiree. As we discussed the benefits of OTP, we both expressed concern that it wasn't already the "norm." We discussed OTP and the military and realized that those of us in military medicine have practiced OTP for quite some time. Take a quick look at the four pillars of OTP Emphasize PAs’ commitme
  14. There are also PAs that work for the State Department and civil service (most aspects of healthcare) at most, if not all, military facilities. Many government entities also use contract folks, and those may not have age restrictions.
  15. If collaboration is determined at the practice level, it is up to the collaborating physician how much time the new PA requires before being "turned loose." States could create more stringent guidelines for new grads (a couple of us in Colorado have even tossed around the idea of a "training license" similar to what new medical school grads get.
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