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Thursday, April 24, 2014

 
MAPA Announces new 2014 Spring CME Conference - Towson area

Our members have asked...so we are going to deliver!

MAPA will be hosting a 2 day CME conference geared towards the communting local PAs of the Baltimore area. Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15.

MAPA plans to request 16 hours of CME from the AAPA review board, eight hours per day.

The conference will be located in the heart of Towson, at the Sheraton Hotel North Baltimore.

Online information and regsitration is now available at www.mdapa.org/cme/summary.asp.

Please note: This conference DOES NOT replace the Annual Fall CME Conference in Ocean City. Mark your calendars for our full 2014 Trends in Patient Management Conference in Ocean City, MD at the Clarion Hotel. It will start Wednesday, September 10 and run through Sunday, September 14.

2014 CME Conference Dates - Mark Your Calendars

The 2014 CME Conference will again be held in Ocean City, MD at the Clarion Hotel. It will start Wednesday, September 10 and run through Sunday, September 14.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Inc.
(NCCPA)

BOARD MEMBER JOB DESCRIPTION


Board members are expected to provide leadership and vision for the organization, and they have a fiduciary responsibility to NCCPA. Individual board members are expected to meet high standards of personal conduct and should be willing to commit the time necessary to be effective. Rules, regulations and procedures should be honored. Board members should listen and take their duties seriously, making rational, prudent and practical decisions. Board members have no authority to act independently; they must meet in formal session to make corporate decisions. Though not mandatory, it is highly recommended that board members have previous experience or expertise with physician assistants and/or the physician assistant profession, or can demonstrate adequate knowledge about the profession.

Together, with other members of the NCCPA Board of Directors, each board member will:
  • 1. Assist in establishing and developing NCCPA’s mission and strategic plan and ensuring effective organizational planning.
    As stewards of the organization, board members should actively participate in the strategic planning process by articulating a vision for the organization, reviewing annual organizational plans for consistency with that vision, ensuring that resources are in place for the implementation of those plans, and evaluating progress toward meeting strategic goals and objectives.
  • 2. Assist in selecting the NCCPA president, and ensure that an appropriate succession plan is in place.
  • The NCCPA board must reach consensus on the president’s job description. The board must ensure that management continuity is properly provided for and that a succession plan is in place. When a vacancy occurs, the board must undertake a careful search process to find the most qualified individual for the position.
  • 3. Provide direction to and review the performance of the president.
    The board should ensure that the president has the resources needed to advance the mission and strategic plan of the NCCPA. Also, the board should decide upon a periodic evaluation of the president’s performance and participate in the review process.
  • 4. Manage resources effectively.
    For the organization to remain accountable to its stakeholders and to safeguard its taxexempt status, board members must assist in developing the annual budget and ensure that proper financial controls are in place. The board is responsible for making sure that the organizational strength and employee base can substantiate the mission and strategic goals.
  • 5. Participate in the appeals process.
    Board members will participate in the appeals process, when appropriate, for issues involving PAs and personnel after other avenues of redress have been exhausted, according to policy. Solid personnel policies, a well-defined and published appeals process, and clear delegation to the president, other appropriate staff and the Review Panel, will significantly reduce the risk of conflict.
  • 6. Assess performance.
    Board members will participate in assessing the board’s performance by annually evaluating its overall performance in fulfilling its responsibilities and achievements and reaching consensus on which areas need to be improved.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES OF A BOARD MEMBER
  • Fully understand and support the organization’s mission
  • Comply with the NCCPA Bylaws, policies, and procedures.
  • Complete an NCCPA orientation program.
  • Be prepared for each board meeting.
  • Attend the entire board meeting.
  • Participate effectively in the board meeting by voicing opinions.
  • Support board actions publicly even if personal reservations about decisions exist.
  • Participate as a member on one or more committees, as designated. 1
  • Keep up to date on issues affecting, or potentially affecting, the organization.
  • Avoid or disclose conflicts of interest.
  • Keep confidential matters confidential until approved for disclosure.
  • Respect the staff’s right and need to prioritize and at times to redirect requests from board
  • members for information or service.
Last updated August 2012

1 Public Directors at Large should specifically be willing and able to serve as a member of the NCCPA Review Panel, which makes determinations regarding appeals for policy exceptions and disciplinary action against applicants or certification holders.

MALPRACTICE INSURANCE: CLAIMS MADE vs. OCCURRENCE POLICIES
Professional Liability and Malpractice Insurance Lecture - Jeff Nicholson, PA-C, PhD

Where a policy is written on a "claims-made" basis, this means that the policy in force at the time a claim against you is made will pay for losses, regardless of when they occurred in the past. (Assuming no retroactive inception date restriction).

With an "occurrence" based policy, even though the policy may have expired, providing the policy was in force at the time the the bodily injury or property damage occurred, a claim can...
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PAs Providing Hospice Care for Medicare Patients
The 112th Congress is well underway. Hopefully you've had the opportunity to reach out and connect with your new and returning Members. It is not time to begin laying the foundation for action on our priority issues.

All PAs are urged to contact Senators and Representatives and urge them to make changes to Medicare to allow PAs to provide hospice services to Medicare patients. Currently, PAs are barred from providing hospice care to beneficiaries, even though it is allowed by state law. Language to correct this was included in early committee-passed versions of health care reform last year, but was removed prior to final passage by Congress. The inability of PAs to provide hospice care for their terminally ill Medicare patients places an unconscionable burden on the patient to find alternative care and denies patients access to their "medical home" at a time then they are the most vulnerable.

Please contact your legislators and tell them of the critical need for PAs in hospice medicine. Ask them to make this technical correction to Medicare this year.

BACKGROUND
In 1997, the 105th Congress passed the Balanced Budget Act (BBA). The BBA made it clear that medical services provided by PAs, as allowed by state law, are covered by Medicare in all settings at one uniform rate.

Unfortunately, the former Health Care Financing Adminstration (now the Cetners for Medicare and Medicaid Services) decided that the BBA's Medicare provisions regarding coverage of services provided by PAs did not apply to hospice care. As a result, PAs are not permitted to provide hospice care to beneficiaries who elect the hospice benefit. It makes no sense that Medicare beneficiaries woh routinely receive full-spectrum medical care from a PA and who elect to receive the hospice benefit are not able to receive hospice care by their PA.

Allowing PAs to provide hospice care does not change the PA/physician relationship, not does it increase cost (as PAs are reimbursed at 85% under Medicare). What it does do is increase patients' access to care, and improve continuity of care, especially in medically underserved areas.

Without this technical fix, beneficiaries will continue to face delays and denial of medically necessary care covered by Medicare.

Please contact your legislators today and urge them to take action this year.

Thank you for your advocacy in action!


House Bill 323, State Bill 308 Signing

MARYLAND CODE - HEALTH OCCUPATIONS
Changes to Title as a result of the passage of House Bill 323 and Senate Bill 308

Title 15 - Physician Assistants

Section 15-101-Definitions
* (b) Alternate supervising physician - deletes the language "during the absence of the supervising physician and "

* (c) Defines "Ambulatory surgical facility" - "means a facility that is credentialed by
1. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities;
2. The Accreditation Association for Amulatory Health Care;
3. The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations;
4. Certified to participate in the Medicare Program, as enacted by Title XVIII of the Social Security Act."

* (d) Deletes "certification"

* (j) Defines "dispense" - "means to dispense drug samples or starter dosages."

* (k) Defines "Drug sample" - "means a unit of a prescription drug that is intended to promote the sale of the drug and is not intended for sale."

* (L)(3) Adds to the definition of "hospital" - An emergency room that is physically connected to a hospital "OR A FREESTANDING MEDICAL FACILITY THAT IS LICENSED UNDER THE TITLE 19, SUBTITLE 3A OF THE HEALTH - GENERAL ARTICLE."

* (m) Defines "License" - "means a license issued...

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