AAPA.org has recently published a new state by state report on the State Laws for Plastic Surgery PAs. Access it in the members section.
The American College of Surgeons along with other surgical specialty organizations reviewed for the 6th time, all procedures in the "Surgery" section of the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT TM) 2011. They determined whether the use of a physician as an assistant was necessary, (1) almost always, (2) some of the time, or (3) almost never. This information is then shown in a table. An excerpt on "Surgical Assistants" is also included which describes the College's view on the qualifications of a first assistant.
This information is to provide a guideline as to which procedures are Billable for PAs as First Assistants in the OR.
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The Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN), a division of ASPS, is in the process of creating a web portal which is envisioned to become the ultimate online educational resource for plastic surgeons. There will be an Affiliate Section which will likely have three main topic areas: Clinical Practice, Practice Management and Residency Education/Management. Additionally, as an ASPS Affiliate Member, you will have access to the General Information Section as well. If you have any information to share or Plastic Surgery practice questions, please contact Kris Marsack, PA-C at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physician Assistants have been working with plastic surgeons for over 30 years. Over the course of the profession's development, PAs have grown in number and in the range of medical services they provide to surgeons and physicians in every medical practice area, becoming an integral part of practices and institutions while carrying forward a new model of team medical practice.
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The Young Plastic Surgeons (YPS) group was found to be a fantastic group of highly motivated members. Comprised of approximately 25 surgeons, one goal of this group is to donate a service project to a particular host city. Leah discovered that 100% of the membership funds are donated to the Plastic PAC (Political Action Committee), thus allowing them to donate to their chosen plastic surgery candidates.
Microsurgery fellowship will become part of the matching process, starting in 2011. We also learned that the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation is likely being renamed the Plastic Surgery Foundation in the near future.
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)! As of January 1, 2011 practices will need to be in compliance with Medicare and Medicaid regulations to qualify for federal tax benefits. Some areas where practices will be examined for "meaningful use" include e-scribing, clinical quality measures (such as smoking cessation education that includes written educational materials to patients), and patient portals. Look for more EMR details in the next newsletter.
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