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  1. Thanks. Hope you are doing well ol’ buddy!
  2. @Joelseff Thanks for all your rallying for OTP in CA. Now that it’s passed, does it change our ability to start a private practice or do we still need the practice to be co-owned by a MD/DO with them having least 51% ownership?
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  4. Sounds like you're in a great place! It's really helpful to know that there's no way you would want to change places with me.
  5. I'm in pain management, but it's an interventional practice so we do a lot of procedures at our surgery center. We wean most of the patients off opioids but there are some med refills. A lot of work comp, evaluating MRIs, disability forms, functional capacity evals. Thanks for the feedback so far. I definitely see a trend. I just needed a reality check from other PAs. My SP sees a patient every 10 minutes and to him it's "being efficient" so he expects his PAs to be the same way. The money is good, but money ain't everything.
  6. Hiya folks, I tried searching the forums but didn't see this particularly discussed. I've been out of school for five years and I'm working in a private practice. My SP requires me to see 34-39 patients per day, 1 every 15 minutes…plus I stay an extra hour taking care of call backs, refills, paperwork, etc. I know it can vary between specialties, but I want to get a feel if my numbers are much different than my colleagues. It's starting to take its toll on me! Thanks for any input.
  7. I do ultrasound guided joint injections, trigger point injections, occipital nerve blocks, and piriformis injections but my SP does all neuro-axial injections. He said I could do neuro-axial with some training as they're not that difficult, but the standard in pain medicine is for docs to do them. I'd prefer not to do them anyway because of the risks involved, so we're both happy. I haven't heard of PA's doing neuro-axial injections but I have heard of some doing spinal cord stimulator trials. If you decide to take them on, I'd highly recommend taking a cadaver course. Pricey, but worth
  8. I'm an acupuncturist/PA and have been working in pain medicine for 18 months. It's a great fit because my supervising physician is an interventionist and we really try to use opioids sparingly or as a last resort. The mix of Eastern/Western medicines makes for a much stronger approach to treating chronic pain but the trade off is that I'm becoming highly specialized. Ideally, working part-time in primary care or the ED would keep my options open for the future but it's a good fit presently. The skill set a licensed acupuncturist brings to the pain medicine table is huge. To get someone off
  9. I just did it today and found it very helpful. I've been doing the Kaplan QBank and some of those questions are pretty heavy. The NCCPA practice test set my mind at ease a bit more.
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