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The Pulse

The Pulse
  • 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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  • Help NCAPA Shape our Educational Offerings

    NCAPA is considering offering hands-on, clinical skills workshops at the Eugene A. Stead Center for Physician Assistants, in Durham, NC.  Please take the brief survey below to let us know what topics would be most useful to you.  We are also considering offering professional development seminars on non-clinical topics such as contract negotiation, and networking […]

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  • Celebrating PA Week

    by Karen J. Hills MS, PA-C I love PA Week. There is such a sense of excitement and pride as the profession acknowledges the past, celebrates the present, and looks to our future. My first week in physician assistant (PA) education culminated in a Duke University PA Day celebration. I still remember these festivities 13 years […]

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  • PAs, Students featured on NBC’s Today Show

    Around 300 PAs and PA students gathered at the “Today” show plaza in New York City on Oct. 7 for the fourth annual PAs on the Plaza event.  Read the full story here.

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  • Why America Loves PAs

    News from PA Professional At a time when quality medical providers are needed in every American community, the PA profession is growing faster than ever before.  The 100,000-plus nationally certified and licensed PAs in the U.S. are providing just what a thriving healthcare system demands – qualified healthcare professionals offering quality patient care to the […]

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  • October 6, 1967

    On October 6, 1967, the first Physician Assistants (PAs) graduated from Duke University. The first PAs originally served as corpsmen and medics during the Vietnam War.  During their military tours of duty, they received significant medical training.  Once their military obligations were completed, they were unable to utilize their skill sets in the civilian sector. […]

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  • Happy PA Week!!

    PAs and PA students share why they love being a PA, and medical experts talk about why PAs matter. – See more here. 

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