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The Pulse

The Pulse
  • STOP Act Signed by Governor Cooper

    HB 243: Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act passed both the House and Senate and was signed by Governor Cooper yesterday, Thursday, June 29, 2017. The STOP Act had bi-partisan support and is written to address many issues that influence Opioid use, with several components including prescribing limits and reporting requirements. The original bill required […]

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  • HOD Election Results Are In!

    NCAPA Announces HOD Delegates for the term July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019 Delegates: Marc Katz Samantha Rogers Truett Smith Alisha DeTroye Jeff Katz Linda Sekhon Sue Reich Joshua Smith Chris Barry Extra Delegates: Wanda Hancock Charlene Morris

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  • The Future of PA Practice in North Carolin

    NCAPA President Truett Smith writes to NC PAs regarding the 2017 AAPA House of Delegates and Optimal Team Practice: Dear North Carolina PA, A monumental event occurred recently in the 2017 AAPA House of Delegates. The Delegates passed Optimal Team Practice (OTP), a new policy intended to enhance the ability of PAs to meet the […]

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  • PAs Vote to Advance Profession to Meet Modern Healthcare Needs

    LAS VEGAS (May 18, 2017) — At the annual conference of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), members of its House of Delegates unanimously approved Optimal Team Practice, a new policy intended to enhance the ability of PAs to meet the needs of patients and ensure the future of the profession in a changing healthcare […]

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  • NCAPA Addresses NCCPA State Lobbying Efforts

    Read NCAPA’s Board of Directors letter to NCCPA regarding the NCCPA’s lobbying efforts in other states here.

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  • DHHS Seeking Public Input on Medicaid Reform

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public input from April 25 to May 25, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. on the Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs transformation (also known as “Medicaid reform”). While all comments are welcome, the Department is specifically looking for input on the following topics: Integrating Primary […]

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  • PA Day at the NC Legislature!

    Thank you to all the PA Advocates who joined NCAPA for PA Day at the Legislature. We are grateful to Senator Andrew Brock and Representative Gale Adcock who took the time to meet with our group and to all the legislators who met with PAs. We were also pleased to have the opportunity to meet […]

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  • Veteran’s Memorial Garden Re-dedication

    Saturday, April 8th was a beautiful day with a Carolina blue sky, a nice breeze, and a lovely 65 degrees.  Over 80 individuals gathered at the Stead Center in Durham to rededicate the John McElligott Veterans Memorial Garden.  NCAPA President Truett Smith, PA-C, welcomed guests and the PA History Society’s Historian Emeritus, Reginald Carter, Ph.D., PA, described briefly […]

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  • British National Health Service Looks to U.S. Experts for Help

    England’s National Health Service (NHS), the world’s largest health organisation, plans to partner with leading US health providers and recruit 200 American Physician Assistants (PAs) to work in England on 1 or 2 year placements. Dr Nick Jenkins, an Emergency Medicine specialist (Attending), has been looking at the role of PAs within the NHS as part […]

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  • Incident to billing for behavioral health can now be billed in primary care office

    The Behavioral Health Section of the N.C. Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) has announced that “Incident to” billing by Physician Assistants (PAs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) for patients whose primary diagnosis is behavioral health may now be billed through a primary care office as of November 30. Providers whose claims were previously denied can now […]

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