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The Pulse | January 2018

In this issue:


President’s Letter


Opioid Prescribing Changes Effective January 1


Don’t Miss a Beat – Renew Your NCAPA Membership


2018 NCAPA Winter Conference


2018 NCAPA Job Fair


Come In From the Cold – NCAPA Winter Social


NCAPA Seeking 2019 BOD Nominations


NCAPA Endowment Student Scholarship: Campbell Recipient


42nd Annual Summer Conference: Registration is Open!


Welcome Members!


President’s Letter 

 by Samantha Rogers, PA-C

Happy New Year!

2018 promises to be an active and productive year at NCAPA. Our fantastic staff can attest how true that is! We are actively crafting next steps on our 3-year Strategic Plan that the Board approved unanimously in November. An Optimal Team Practice (OTP) Task Force has been created to assess how to best move forward in the current healthcare environment to ensure that PAs are working on high functioning teams. Our Legislative Agenda and priorities are being determined. We are getting closer to a launch of online learning and refining our conference style and curriculum to meet needs and adapt to changing requirements. And, we are continuing to grow our membership numbers- perhaps the most exciting news item of all because our members drive so much of what we are able to do for all PAs in North Carolina. So, keep spreading the word and following us on social media, specifically Facebook and Instagram. NCAPA wants to increase our membership even more! We want to represent,not just in theory but in fact, ALL PAs in North Carolina.

Keep in mind that all of our Board of Directors meetings are open to any NCAPA member and consider attending our next Board meeting in Durham on January 27th. We are always looking for future leaders. You may just decide that you want to take your involvement to the next level and join a committee or run for an elected position on the Board of Directors.

I plan to share a leadership quote with you in each edition of the Pulse. I particularly love this from John Maxwell, one of the most respected voices in the study of Leadership. I think it is particularly pertinent to medicine and how we work together in teams. May you be inspired today by his words:


Samantha Rogers, PA-C
NCAPA President



Legislative Updates: Opioid Prescribing Changes Effective January 1, 2018

by Sarah Wolfe, Assistant Vice-President, McGuire Woods Consulting 

The effective date of legislation varies from bill to bill. Some bills go into effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature into law, while other bills may not go into effect for six months or even a couple of years. The STOP Act bill contained several provisions with different effective dates. The majority of the provisions, like the one requiring pain management PAs and NPs to personally consult with their supervising physician prior to prescribing opioids, went into effect on July 1, 2017.

Beginning January 1, 2018, all providers (DOs, MDs, NPs, PAs) are limited to prescribing no more than a five-day supply of opioids upon the initial consultation and treatment for acute pain. This limitation is expanded to seven days for post-operative acute pain relief. Upon any subsequent consultation for the same pain, providers may prescribe any appropriate supply of opioids to the patient.

The law also explicitly states that providers who act in accordance with the prescription limitations are immune from any civil liability or disciplinary from the North Carolina Medical Board, as long as they are practicing within the limitations of the law.

It is important to note that these prescribing limits do not apply to opioid prescriptions if they are wholly administered in a hospital, nursing home, hospice facility, or residential care facility.

Click here to visit the Legislative Action Center and learn about all of the laws that went into effect on January 1, 2018.

Don’t Miss a Beat – Renew Your NCAPA Membership

If your membership expired at the end of December, be sure to renew by February 15th, to continue receiving The Pulse, discounts on all NCAPA conferences and CME offerings, as well as early news on job openings and networking opportunities. Don’t miss a beat – Renew your NCAPA membership today! 


2018 NCAPA Winter Conference | Core Medical Knowledge & PANRE Review

February 24-27, 2018
Sheraton Imperial
Durham, NC

The Winter Conference agenda is based on the NCCPA PANRE exam blueprint and will be geared toward a basic review of all organ systems. Even if you are not up for recertification or don’t take the PANRE, this conference is an excellent review of core medical knowledge for any health care provider. Click here to see the full agenda.


AAPA Category 1 CME logo

The NCAPA plans to request 30 AAPA Category 1 CME credits for the general sessions and additional hours in workshops from the PA Review Panel. The total number of CME credits is yet to be determined.

Credits awarded by the AAPA are accepted by the ANCC Certification Program and the AANP as Continuing Education (CE) credits for nurses and nurse practitioners.

NCAPA has reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel for conference attendees.  Rooms in the block rate are $118/night and are available until January 24, 2018 or until they are sold out.  You can book your room using this link or by calling the hotel directly at 919-941-5050 and using the code NCAPA2018.


2018 NCAPA Job Fair

It’s time for NCAPA’s Annual Job Fair on February 23, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:00pm at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. This is the Friday prior to our Winter Conference that begins the following day, on Saturday, February 24th.

Registration is now open for job seekers. And it’s free! Polish your resume and practice those interview skills. Start the New Year with a new job!

Employer Recruitment:
We are now recruiting employers looking to hire highly qualified PAs in North Carolina. If you are an employer and are interested in having a booth, you can find registration forms and more information on our website. We are offering special reduced rates for public health and government employers.

Please register and spread the word!


Come In From the Cold – NCAPA Winter Social

Join us as for networking with fellow PAs and PA students while enjoying appetizers, wine, and beer. Our first member social event of 2018 will be held on on Friday, February 23rd from 6-9pm at the Stead Center, 1121 Slater Road, in Durham, NC. This is the night prior to our Winter Conference. You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend the social. Please RSVP here. We hope you’ll join us!


Interested in Serving on the Board? NCAPA Seeking Nominations

by NCAPA Nominating Committee

We realize that 2018 has only just begun, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about the future! The NCAPA Nominating Committee is soliciting candidates for the 2019 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. Serving on the NCAPA Board is an important way to contribute to your profession and a wonderful leadership experience. North Carolina became a great state in which to practice as a PA through the vision, leadership, and volunteer work of PAs just like you!

If you know a PA who cares deeply and wants to contribute to the future of the profession, who is a good listener, collaborator, and decision maker—or if you are that person—please submit a nomination for a position on the NCAPA Board of Directors.

The following positions for elected offices are open for nominees: President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Director-At-Large (two positions), and a Nominating Committee Member. To read more about these positions and to nominate yourself or a colleague, click here. The deadline for nominating a colleague is May 31, 2018. The deadline for nominating yourself is August 1, 2018.

All terms begin January 1, 2019. Nominees for officer positions (President-Elect, Vice-President, and Secretary) must have been an NCAPA Fellow member in good standing for the calendar year prior to election. All other nominees must have been a Fellow or Associate member.


NCAPA Endowment Student Scholarship Recipients: Campbell University

The NCAPA Endowment congratulates Ms. Amanda Taylor as the 2017 NCAPA Endowment scholarship recipient for the Campbell University PA Program.  A first-generation college student, Amanda completed her undergraduate studies at Campbell as well. Her involvement in community service projects runs the gamut from food drives to Adopt-a-Highway to Make-A-Wish to Give Kids a Smile and many more.  It seems that she never tires of energetically involving herself in actions for the benefit of others.  Amanda serves as the Campbell program’s student representative to the NCAPA.

Ms. Taylor in inspired by her upbringing in a small town and aspires to work in rural primary care.  Not surprisingly she intends to continue in leadership after she graduates from PA school—undoubtedly, her effort and energy will be welcome!

Amanda Taylor, PA-S, receives her award from Laura Gerstner, MHA, MSHS, PA-C, Campbell Director of Clinical Education 
The NCAPA Endowment board members wish to thank all who have made these scholarships and other grants possible by their generous donations.  Please consider making a donation today to support PA students and practicing PAs who continue to do the work of providing excellent health care services in North Carolina.


42nd Annual NCAPA Summer Conference – Registration is Open!

August 19-24th, 2018
Embassy Suites, Kingston Plantation
Myrtle Beach, SC


Registration is open! The NCAPA combines the best CME conference for PAs (and NPs!) with a family-friendly beach vacation.  We start and end our sessions early so you can have the best of both worlds!

The first 100 registrants will receive $25 off our already low early registration rates.  The discount applies to full conference registrations only.

NCAPA has reserved a block of rooms at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach.  Rooms in our block fill up very early, so we recommend you book your room ASAP!  You may reserve your room by clicking here or by calling the resort directly at (843)449-0006.



Welcome Members!

Welcome to our renewing and our brand new members!
The following members have joined or renewed their membership since our last issue.

Thank you all for your support of NCAPA and all PAs in North Carolina!

Patricia Aboagye-Kumi, Fayetteville
Gail Albergo, Durham
Sam Aloian, Apex
Allison Ancona, Sanford
Lorraine Anglin, Bahama
Callie Averette, Fuquay-Varina
Matt Babish, McLeansville
David Baggett, Fayetteville
Scott Barlow, Mills River
Jacqueline Barnett, Bowie, MD
Ken Barrow, Asheville
Christopher Barry, Morrisville
Sheri Beal, Greensboro
Christina Beard, Fayetteville
Betsy Beebe, Saint Louis, MO
James Blanton, Stanfield
Katherine Bogart, Apex
Hannah Boghosian, Cary
Rachel Bradley, Wilmington
Laura Buennemeyer, Wilmington
Margaret Cagle, Waynesville
Chad Caldwell, Clemmons
Terri Carpenter, Swannanoa
Frank Caruso, Clemmons
Anne Casperson, Chapel Hill
Ashleigh Clark, Fayetteville
Evan Cline, Charlotte
Kimberly Cline, Conover
Emily Cole, Candler
Marcia Cole, Farmville, VA
Glen Combs, Winston Salem
Tom Coppley, Lexington
Rose Curry, Charlotte
MyTrang Dang, Hope Mills
Theresa Davis, Greenville
Margie Deck, Cary
Michael DePasquale, Chapel Hill
James Derrick, Mount Airy
Peter Dodge, North Charleston, SC
Ruth Dotson, Boone
David Duvernois, Lincolnton
Eric Dyer, Leland
Wesley Eagle, Raleigh
Sean Epps, Rocky Mount
Andrew Ervin, Lumberton
Shaily Estrella, Lewisville
Patrick Feron, Aberdeen
Kathleen Ferrell, Raleigh
Kat Flaherty, Durham
Michelle Flanagan, Jonesborough, TN
David Fluech, Hendersonville
David Fox, Wilmington
Elaine Fox, Greensboro
Elizabeth Frost, Black Mountain
Virginia Fulbright, Greensboro
Nanette Fulp, Winston Salem
Katie Furr, Oakboro
Kimberly Gardner, Raleigh
Heather Garrison, High Point
Gloria Garver, Cary
Allen Gifford, Hillsborough
Jennifer Girskis, Cullowhee
Kristin Gordon, Kernersville
M. Peter Gunn, Raleigh
Meghan Hall, Asheboro
Gale Harkness, Winston Salem
Elizabeth Haynes, Lexington
Leah Heal, Wade
Stacey Heppert, Clayton
Lisa Higgins, Raleigh
Sylvie Hill, Raleigh
Michelle Hilliard, Morganton
Nancy Holland, Winterville
Robert Holliday, Winston-Salem
Mark Hollo, Conover
Debra Holmes, Wake Forest
Kenna Holtzclaw, Charlotte
Carolyn Jarrell, charlotte
Elizabeth Jobe, Lumberton
Julie Johannes, Greenville
Angel Jones, Madison
Katherine Jones, Durham
Chetan Kapat, Raleigh
Marc Katz, Vale
Phillip Killian, Newton
Emily King, Durham
Braxton Kinsey, Durham
Eric Kirch, Raleigh
Kristen Lahm, Charlotte
John Laisure, Clemmons
Sonal Lane, Taylorsville
Michele Lenze, Summerfield
Angela Lewis, Winston-Salem
Melissa Lewis, Greenville
Zach Liebman, Hendersonville
Chris Lillie, Carrboro
Justin Loucks, Emerald Isle
Deanna Maclaren, Marion
Judith Maguire, Southport
Sarah Maloney, Boone
Monica Manzi, Burlington
Abraham McCoy, Durham
Tara McKenzie, Winston Salem
Kathleen McMahon, Charlotte
Betsy Melcher, Durham
Lindsay Merriman, Sanford
Carrie Merritt, Advance
Anna Misior, Chapel Hill
Clayton Moore, Winterville
Samantha Moore, Hendersonville
Amber Murtaugh, Charlotte
Madeleine Mvula, Charlotte
Marcella Nevels, Huntersville
Joshua Newton, Spruce Pine
Harvey Nix, Bat Cave
Michelle Ogunwale, Charlotte
Justin Ollis, Greensboro
Naitik Panwala, Greensboro
Lauren Parker, Winston-Salem
Sarah Pattison, High Point
Staci Pessetti, Fayetteville
Amy Petticrew, Charlotte
Rebecca Pettigrew, Southern Pines
Glenna Phillips, Charlotte
Elizabeth Poindexter, Charlotte
Billy Poole, Sherrills Ford
Talia Pringle, Wilmington
Kristy Putts, Monroe
Jennifer Quigley, Greenville
Wendy Readling, Davidson
Gary Reash, Wilkesboro
Noelle Redmon, Summerfield
Wesley Reid, Hickory
Shannon Reilly, Charlotte
Wendy Riley, Waxhaw
Amy Rodriguez, Chapel Hill
Larry Roediger, Roaring Gap
Diana Roetting, Charlotte
Salvatore Rondinelli, Mint Hill
Michelle Ross, Charlotte
Stephan Rothwell, Charlotte
Simon Schlegel, Mills River
Kara Seeloff, Charlotte
Michael Serle, Whispering Pines
Lindsay Shade, Charlotte
Kirstin Shepperson, Greensboro
Ginger Sims, Winston Salem
Jessica Sinclair, Sanford
Sarah Spainhour-Reese, Asheville
Sharon Spear, Banner Elk
Venayagaratnam Srikantha, Goldsboro
Carolyn Steinhauser, Willow Spring
Staci Streeter-Moye, Greenville
Morgan Sutton, Kinston
Leslie Swafford, Concord
Robert Swedlund, Taylorsville
Tiffany Taber, Cary
Karen Timbrook-Dillow, Kernersville
Frank Trenery, Kure Beach
Margie Trent, Lexington
Tammy Triplett, Bassett, VA
Leslie Van Dyke, Trent Woods
Jill Vanarthos, Cary
Jennifer Vande Loo, Charlotte
Ginny Vanderburg, Concord
Kellie Vanhoy, Shelby
Michael Vollmer, Winston Salem
Shannon Wallace, Suffolk
Leslie Ware, Charlotte
Scott Weaver, Greensboro
Sarah Wilkerson, Durham
Darleane Wilson, Townsville
Ken Wolpert, Durham
I-Ling Yu, Cary
Sean Yu, Hollister
Clara Zelasky, Chapel Hill
Deborah Zimmermann, Clemmons