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  1. Future Standards for PAs and NPs Bob Blumm, PA, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus Standards: it seems as if everyone is talking about them today. We are either creating standards, improving standards, setting new standards or raising standards. Ultimately, as decades pass, standards grow, and this seems appropriate considering the health care needs in the United States and our world standing in that sphere. Like most Americans, I had always assumed that we were naturally - Number One - but was disheartened to discover that my assumptions were grounded in my patriotism and not in evide
  2. Hey everyone, I was recently accepted to a program in Florida! The school doesn't provide health insurance for their students so we are required to obtain our own health insurance. I currently have insurance through my employer, which I'll obviously no longer have once I begin school. Also, I can no longer be on my parents insurance. Since I start school in January, how early should/can I apply for insurance in Florida? I am from Washington state. Also, does anyone have any tips/insight on which insurances are the most affordable for a student? Thanks in advance.
  3. I've been using CM&F for some years. As a part-time PA, occurrence $500,000/ $1, 000, 000 policy they want $3,060 for the year. Cinch, a Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, sent me an offer of $500, 000/ $1,000,000, part time worker for $2196 -- $864 (30%) difference! It covers reputation insurance, licensing board and HIPAA claims. Has anyone used the Cinch malpractice? Any comments? I am leaning towards making the switch to Cinch.
  4. I am a 3.5-year experienced cardiology PA in a private single-MD practice. A month ago, I noticed that my MD was submitting a CPT code in his name for every single clinic patient I saw. He was sometimes putting the bill in the EMR before I finished my note and assessment and plan. He personally only saw my patients if they were new or complicated, accounting for 10% of my volume. At the time I saw all of these bills under his name, I was submitting paper superbills (for unrelated reasons). I thought this was just some misunderstanding where he didn't see me entering my own bills elec
  5. Hi everyone, I am a new graduate, and I just received an Ortho PA job offer in coastal California. I will start training (same salary) as soon as I finish my boards, while I am waiting for my licenses to process. The job is M-F from 8-5. OR 1-2 days/week, but not when I initially start. Call time was not mentioned in the contract, but it's about once/month (no additional pay) What's offered: - Base Salary: 100k - At-will contract; If I stay less than a year, then I have to repay the licenses, relocation bonus, CME. etc. back to the employer. - Health insurance, vision, and
  6. 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 vacati
  7. Hi everyone, I'm hoping for some advice in an area with which I am not familiar. I am starting physician assistant school in a few weeks and I'm very interested in emergency medicine. Some of the ER docs who I was previously working with as a scribe have offered to allow me to return to the ER on weekends as my schedule allows to get some practice doing histories, physicals and learning basic procedures on real patients --- sort of like a clinical rotation, I suppose, with the MD in the exam room, watching and listening the entire time. I am planning to take them up on this generous offer
  8. “Hey Ted, can you dip this urine?”, “Hey Ted, can I get an EKG in room 5?”, “Hey Ted, can you package 1A on the monitor for transport to Telemetry?”, “Hey Ted, we have a code coming in, get C3 setup, and prep the bedside nurse.”, “Hey Ted, I’ve got to get an IV in this baby in 5, can you watch my rooms, update vitals, and get any labs/POC tests done until I’m free?”, “Hey Ted, take a look at this EKG, should I get a repeat? Is that artifact or actual depressions in V3?” As an ED Tech at a Level 2 Trauma Emergency department with 50,000 visits per year, over the course of a 13 hour night shift
  9. Hi! I was just accepted to my first choice PA program and was wondering about student insurance. My husband currently is a reservist in the military but his contract ends right as PA school begins. Therefore, we will be seeking insurance elsewhere. We just aren't sure if it is possible to add him and our son to a student health plan offered by my school. Does anyone know if this is a possibility? We can definitely get our insurance from his employer but we aren't sure if it would be a better value through the student insurance plan. Thanks!
  10. Hello! I am looking into starting a House Calls Service in Maryland/DC metro area - I would like to be an independent contractor to extend the services of existing private internal/geriatric medicine practices and see only their Medicare home-bound patients. I currently have been working 3 years as a House Calls PA seeing Medicare pts. But recently our very cool private practice was sold to a large company and i was forced to go W2 and the whole place is a corporate mess. I want to return to my independent 1099 status which works out very well for me. I am in love with what i do! I fervently
  11. Good afternoon, This may be a bit premature, but I'm wondering about student health insurance while attending PA school. If/when most of us are accepted, I'm sure there will be several of us that will need to quit our jobs which will leave us without insurance. Does anyone have any good advice about how to afford health insurance, including dental and vision? I know some schools offer insurance but beyond that, what are the options? Recommended plans? Etc.? Thanks!
  12. Hi, The PA school that I will be attending this fall has a tuition refund policy, but also offers a tuition refund plan through Dewar for a little less than $300 per one year. Has anyone purchased tuition insurance through Dewar? Does anyone recommend for or against it? Any insight is great! Thanks!
  13. Hi all. In my current position (my first job out of school - been there almost 3 years), my employer has stated I am covered by the hospital's malpractice policy, which has limits of 8M/24M. Admittedly, I had a very poor understanding of my insurance when I accepted the position. Over my time in this position, I became increasing curious of the details of the policy and after nearly 6 months of asking was supplied with only a letter stating I was covered by the policy and a form stating the above limits and that the policy is a claims-made policy. I am now in the process of transitioning t
  14. Negotiating a family practice job in the Mountain West as a new grad, trying to get a feel for a) How much liability insurance I need if I'm not covered under my employer and b) How much reimbursement per RVU I should expect. MedEdge offers a 100k/300k claims-made for pretty cheap but I've been told by some to purchase no less than 1M/3M... Any thoughts? I've also been offered a productivity bonus at $30/RVU. No info on thresholds or other specifics yet. Is $30 fair for family practice? I've heard pediatricans making $40 and orthopedic surgeons making $60/RVU to put it into perspectiv
  15. Hi all I am trying to raise my GPA, so I am going to re-take A&P 1, which I did horribly in (C+). I was thinking of taking the class online with the lab, but I originally did not take the class in an online format. Do you think it will be an issue? I really want to do the class online because of money (The online class is around $700 cheaper). Thanks for the input!
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