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  1. I have written a blog post that may be of use to you. It describes, in detail, the steps I took to get credentialed/ready to work after graduating from PA school. Steps to Take After Graduating from PA School
  2. I started my practice in an ED at a level one trauma center and was informally trained in bedside ultrasound on the job. Over my 3.5 years with the group, PAs were brought into the same rigorous training standards as the EM residents with the goal of securing credentialing for all PAs. I ultimately completed the requisite exams and was technically credentialed at that point. I left that position shortly after and began working with another area organization in EM. Bedside ultrasound is culturally used less as the average practitioner with my current group has less experience, however many of the staff are ultrasound trained. I'm running into issues with ultrasound documentation in that we are allowed to perform the exam, bill and document only if we have a credentialed physician looking over our shoulder while we perform the exam. We have been asked not to document the ultrasound in our note for both billing and medicolegal reasons (understandably). When this issue for APPs (both PAs and NPs in my new practice) came up, our group was told that it is system-wide policy that APPs can't do or can't be credentialed to do bedside ultrasound. I'm wondering what resources are available to help PAs/APPs develop a credentialing process for bedside ultrasounds within their organization. I see there is a Society of PAs in Clinical Ultrasound, however not many resources regarding this professional practice issue. Can anyone help point me in a direction or offer up their professional experience?
  3. Hello everyone, I am going through the onboarding process for the first time after finishing residency and I had a question about how procedure credentialing / privileges works. I will be working in EM. They gave me several pages of procedures / privileges I could apply for and next to it I had to put how many times I had performed that procedure. They then came back to me and said they couldn't give me privileges for the procedures that I hadn't performed before, like "paracentesis on a child" (yes they got as specific as dividing most procedures into adults vs child vs neonate). So my question is, if we do not have privileges for a certain procedure, does this mean that we cannot ever perform them in that hospital? What if our supervising physician is supervising in the room? What if our SP just says "go ahead and do it and I'll sign off on the procedure note" without being in the room?
  4. As the title says, I'm in the process of credentialing for a locums gig, and one of the forms asks for my personal medical history including past surgeries, illnesses, medications and current medications. This is in addition to being asked to check a box attesting that I do not have any illness or disability that would prevent me from doing the job and in addition to getting my personal doctor to sign a form attesting to the same. This certainly seems pretty invasive, and I'm not sure if I'm going to answer it on principal. I don't have anything in my medical record or any medical problems that I am trying to conceal, but I have a problem with my medical history being in some HR lady's file cabinet. Have you guys ever encountered the same? What would you do? Thanks.
  5. I just heard from my new employer - a large hospital corporation - that HR thinks that it will take up to 90 days for me to be added to insurance payors after my credentialing paperwork is sent to them. I figured that as a new PA there would be fewer issues as far as the insurance was concerned because there are no disputes or claims, etc, against me. Also, the workplace does not accept Medicaid patients. How long does it take? Or how long did it take for you? I am concerned about being without a job over the holidays. I expected to start in November, but the doctor went on vacation before signing my SP forms. Ugh. Times are already financially tough in my household for my family.
  6. So I will start by saying I have not been sued and having nothing in the works. I was talking to some MA's about having to do things that cover your butt so you don't get sued. Or if you do get sued you win for doing the right thing. So my question if people are willing to answer. Does getting sued whether you did everything right or maybe a little wrong really ruin your PA career? I have seen in every credentialing packet the question on litigation, I can say NO so I don't know what happens if you have to say YES. I am not talking about crazy malicious stuff that you get sued for but more ...... No fever, mildly agitated child, no meningeal signs ---> dies of meningitis. You could not diagnosis it, you did everything right, but you still get sued type of stuff. What does that do to your PA career?
  7. Recently accepted a per diem position in Northeast area and was provided an application for "Allied Health" credentialing. There is a requirement for a $250 fee; I will speak to the department to see if this can be waived or negotiated. I have had more than a dozen jobs (in medicine and non-medical and never had to pay a fee to work anywhere (other than Union). Did a quick search of this forum did not see any previous posts regarding this. Comments appreciated.
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