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saw the 's. of interest TPA for stroke is a huge minefield. more people get sued for not using it than for using it and developing a bleed. the #s are about =. some folks have no change and an equal # improve(or was it a TIA?) vs have a big head bleed.

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An Urgent Care center where they advertise you'll be seen "by a board certified emergency medicine doctor, NOT a nurse practitioner or a PA."

 

 

 

Welcome to Stat Health

Stat Health Urgent Care Centers are convenient Walk-in Medical Centers owned and operated by ALL BOARD CERTIFIED EMERGENCY MEDICINE PHYSICIANS. You will never see a PA, Nurse Practioneer or resident in training. See "Our Physicians" to get to know our highly qualified staff.

We offer routine Medical Care and URGENT CARE services for patients of all ages from infants to seniors. We have six convenient locations in SayvilleSmithtownPort Jefferson StationCutchogue,Deer Park and Plainview to serve you. We will soon be open in Bayshore, Lake Ronkonkoma and Rocky Point. Additional sites throughout New York are also coming.

Your pediatrician is great, and your family doctor genuinely cares about you, but sometimes their schedules are just too full, or their office isn't open when you need them. If you find yourself in need of Adult or Pediatric Urgent or Routine Medical Care, we will see you without an appointment or even a phone call wiithout the long waits and sometimes impersonal service found in ER's As Emergency Medicine Physicians we also offer a much larger scope of services typically not found in doctors offices such as X-Ray, Fracture Care, Stitches, IV fluids and Antibiotics, plus Rapid and Routine Lab tests. Even better, our walk in medical centers are open seven days a week for your health and convenience.

 

 

 

 

 

then they go on to say they do routine care as well - steeps on the toes of the "board certified" FP or IM Doc.

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CMDT 2013 pg 1627

 

"physician's assistant"

 

and compares us to "nurse specialist"

 

lmao.

Same thing in the 2014 edition. Page 1573.

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Being told by Medicare that PA can no longer order any type of home oxygen, CPAP machine, and a list of other DME items without a physician signature, this is a step backwards.

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Glad someone else saw this; they used both "physician's assistant" and "physicians' assistant", along with physician extender.  Too bad; it was an excellent article otherwise.

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Here's a link to a "watchdog report" that appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by the coauthor of the link in the story above. It seems to lay all the blame for painkiller abuse on midlevels.  Here's a quote describing the PA role in medicine:

 

"Over the last few decades, so-called "mid-levels" have been granted wider prescribing authority. The idea was that they could handle less complicated cases like colds and routine blood work, allowing doctors to spend more time with patients." 

 

Ouch!

http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/millions-of-painkiller-prescriptions-written-by-non-doctors-b99210384z1-247700361.html

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The Wisconsin Academy of PAs sent a letter to jsonline editors and set them straight.  

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The Wisconsin Academy of PAs sent a letter to jsonline editors and set them straight.  

Great to hear!

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Sorry if this is already circulating.... But Bill O'Reilly totally degraded both PAs and NPs yesterday on air. Here is the link to the clip:  http://bit.ly/1fGNPSC

 

Get 'em boys (and girls)!!

 

Thanks to Pattrick Dunne over at PAsConnect.org here are some email addresses if you want to file a complaint:

bill.oreilly@foxnews.com and CC amy.sohnen@foxnews.com, kate.ahlborn@foxnews.com and oreilly@foxnews.com

 

You can also chime in on O'Reilly's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/billoreillyfnc

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This has been addressed by the Wisconsin Academy of PAs President who wrote a rebuttal and it was printed.  The rebuttal can be found on AAPA morning news blast this morning.  

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Apparently they retracted the statement by apologizing to "Physicians Assistants"

 

Steve PA-C, Maine, urologic surgery

 

 

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I went through those too. Some were going so far as to say that PA's are 'flunkies' that couldn't hack pre-med, and 'glorified nurses.' One must have some kind of ego on them to call someone with Masters degree a 'flunkie'

DAH! This makes me mad! I was told by a PA admissions committee member that it's easier to get into the medical school than the PA school (percent applied/percent accepted). 

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"Nonetheless, Fontaine joined a third in 2010. This one was open for less than a month. Fontaine said she wasn’t hired to see patients, but rather to oversee the work of a physician assistant, who could prescribe under her name. But she said she never met the assistant and later discovered prescriptions were being attributed to her before she even learned the clinic’s address."

 

Found this article co-produced by NPR linked from the NPR website...

http://www.propublica.org/article/how-fraud-flourishes-in-medicares-drug-plan#butcher

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It is interesting that Dr. Fontaine failed in her holistic anesthesiology practice  and then  worked at three, yes, 3 suspicious clinics that closed suddenly.  Talk about no common sense and gullibility.  She never met the assistant and never verified apparently that the "assistant" even existed.   What legitimate dr. would take on such a practice and allow another to prescribe under their name?  SCAM for sure and our profession is thrown under the bus.  She is guilty.

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/08/18/341352255/medicare-patients-often-see-nurses-instead-of-doctors-for-skin-problems

 

Medicare Patients Often See Nurses Instead Of Doctors For Skin Problems

The first sentence: "Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are taking on more and more responsibility for primary care these days."

 

And if it isn't bad enough that we're lumped under a general category of "nurses," the entire article is about how incompetent and untrained we are, and how we probably shouldn't be performing derm procedures.

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He said those midlevel providers — PAs and NPs — "are doing invasive procedures and surgery. I'm not sure they were trained to do that."

 

Hmm.. first, mid level, ackkkK

 

Next, maybe nurses aren't taught how to cut and tie, but we sure as hell are!! Though I do get the more specific derm things

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