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The Pulse

The Pulse
  • Student Medical Challenge Bowl = FUN!

    Twenty-nine students, representing five PA programs in the state, competed on four randomly selected inter-collegiate teams in the 2014 Student Medical Challenge Bowl.  The event was held on Saturday, April 26th.  The sun was shining, the pizza was hot, and plenty of chocolate and sodas to keep everyone going.  Everyone was geared up to have […]

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  • NEW! Helping Patients Understand the Affordable Care Act

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created enormous change in the way patients can purchase health care insurance. The current enrollment period ends March 31, 2014, and many individuals may need help in understanding the enrollment process. In response, the PA section of the North Carolina Medical Association and the North Carolina Academy of Physician […]

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  • NCAPA Seeks Nominations for 2015 Open Positions

    The NCAPA Nominating Committee is soliciting candidates for open positions on the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee in 2015. The following positions for elected offices are open for nominees: President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Director-At-Large (two positions), and Nominating Committee Member. All terms begin January 1, 2015. Nominees for officer positions (President-Elect, Vice President, and […]

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  • NCAPA Announces Results of BOD Election

    Results are in from this fall’s election for NCAPA Board of Directors’ positions. Congratulations to those chosen to serve! Marc Katz, PA-C, will serve as President-Elect. His term is January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014. Paul Hendrix, MHS, PA-C, was re-elected as Treasurer for the term January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015. Three […]

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  • Campbell Dedicates New Facility for PA Program and School of Osteopathic Medicine

    PA student Andrita Stokes and Governor Pat McCrory at the dedication of Campbell University’s Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences. BUIES CREEK —A crowd of more than 700 people gathered on Thursday, Sept. 19, to celebrate the dedication of Campbell University’s new Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences. The building houses the university’s School of […]

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  • Governor Proclaims Oct. 6-12 as PA Week in North Carolina

    Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed October 6-12 as Physician Assistant Week in North Carolina. North Carolina is considered the birthplace of the Physician Assistant profession. Dr. Eugene A. Stead, Jr. developed the initial curriculum for Duke’s PA program based on his knowledge of the fast-track training of doctors during World War II.  In 1965, Duke University Medical Center […]

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  • NCAPA Honors Curtis as PA of the Year

    L. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, is the recipient of the 2013 PA of the Year award from the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. Curtis was announced as the award winner at the NCAPA’s Summer Conference on August 18 in Myrtle Beach, SC. More than 700 conference attendees were present for the award ceremony, which […]

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  • NCAPA Donates to Project Lazarus

    Fred Wells Brason II (left) accepts a $1000 gift to Project Lazarus presented by Don Metzger , President of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. The North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants has donated $1000 toward the work of Project Lazarus, a community-based opioid overdose prevention program that began in North Carolina and is […]

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  • NCTracks Announces New Policy Regarding Paper Forms

    NCTracks announced recently that paper enrollment and recredentialing applications, as well as change request forms submitted on paper, are no longer being accepted or processed. Provider enrollment, recredentialing, and change requests are now accomplished online through the Status and Management button on the secure Provider Portal. (Access to the secure Provider Portal requires an NCID.) […]

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  • SAMHSA Publishes Draft Guidelines for Opioid Treatment Programs, Utilizing PAs

    2013-07-15 by Sandy Harding, AAPA senior director of federal advocacy Representing a major shift in policy, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published guidelines for the accreditation of opioid treatment programs (OTPS) that allow PAs to assess, diagnose and admit patients with opioid addiction into opioid treatment programs. AAPA President Lawrence Herman, PA-C, MPA, lauded […]

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