New Jersey Physician Assistant Delegation Agreement 

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Questions regarding The New Jersey Physician Assistant Modernization Act?

Sign in and visit the Member page for some guidance for P.L. 2015 c.224

Need to become a member?  Click here 

To read the law in full, visit:  http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/PL15/224_.PDF

 


Congratulations to all our 2016 NJSSPA Award Recipients!

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LEGISLATION SIGNED TO MODERNIZE THE PA PRACTICE ACT! 

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The New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants is very pleased to announce that on January 19, Governor Christie signed the legislation to modernize the Physician Assistant Practice Act!  S1184/A1950 is now P.L. 2015, c. 224.  Sincere thanks to our bill's prime sponsors, Senator Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) and Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-Burlington) who provided the leadership to achieve this landmark victory for all PAs practicing  in New Jersey.

The bill will take effect on August 1, 2016.  In the meantime, the Board of Medical Examiners may take actions as necessary to effectuate the law, which would include the promulgation of regulations.

Details regarding the provisions of the new law and what they mean for you will be circulated shortly.

Additionally, another law impacting PAs, particularly those working in emergency room settings, was signed by the Governor yesterday.  S3243/A4702 provides that if a minor appears to have been sexually assaulted, health care professionals in addition to physicians may authorize forensic sexual assault examination and medical care without parental consent.  We were successful in getting this bill amended to explicitly include "physician assistant" in the definition of "health care professional."  It is now P.L. 2015, c. 256.  Senator Vitale and Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) were its prime sponsors.


NJSSPA's Immediate Past President Receives National Award 

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. - Ryan White, MS, MPH, PA-C, is the recipient of the 2015 New Faculty Award for Professional Excellence from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). The award, presented during PAEA's Education Forum in Washington, D.C., on Friday, November 13, recognizes a program faculty member with three or fewer years of service who has made noteworthy contributions to PA education.

In 2008, White became the first graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's (now Rutgers University) MSPA and MPA dual degree program. Four years later, he returned to the institution to teach alongside the educators who trained him.

White quickly became an integral member of the Rutgers' team. He teaches in many areas of the PA program, consistently earning high praise from students, and has also provided educational sessions for students in other health professions programs at the university.

"He is always well prepared, with a command of the material that allows him to exude the confidence of a seasoned professor," wrote Associate Professor Matthew McQuillan, MS, PA-C, in his nomination letter.

White has played an active role in the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants, currently serving as immediate past president and chair of the Government Affairs Committee. He worked with lobbyists and various medical organizations, helping spearhead the state's PA Modernization Act.

In 2014, White was appointed to the role of assistant director for clinical education for the Rutgers' PA program, successfully managing dozens of clinical sites for some 50-100 students.

Upon receiving the award, White said, "I am truly excited to come to work every day, and I've never before been able to say that."

Physician assistants (PAs) are licensed health care professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. Established in 1972, PAEA is the only national organization in the United States representing PA educational programs. Its mission is to pursue excellence, foster faculty development, advance the body of knowledge that defines quality education and patient-centered care, and promote diversity in all aspects of PA education.


NJ PAS MOURN THE LOSS OF THEIR COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND

NJ PAS MOURN THE LOSS OF THEIR COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND

RICHARD L. CURTIS

AUGUST 15, 1942- FEBRUARY 04, 2016

Mr. Richard L. Curtis born in Prineville, Oregon passed away on Thursday, February 04, 2016 at Capital Health Center in Hopewell, NJ.  He enlisted in the United States Army and became a Special Forces Green Beret and served two tours in Vietnam.  After 26 years he retired with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CW3). Mr. Curtis is a graduate of the US Army PA Program.  He worked as an orthopedic PA initially at Columbia University and finished his career at Saint Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

He is survived by his wife Frances of 51 years, his daughters, Francine Alvarez and her husband of Julio of Houston, Texas and Michelle Curtis-Lasichak and her husband Michel of Wiesbaden, Germany as well as his grand children Curtis and Michael and his wife Ashley and great grandchildren Bryson and Riley and his siblings Timothy and Patricia Curtis.

His dedication to the PA profession will truly be missed.


2015 NJSSPA AWARD WINNERS! 

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OUTSTANDING PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR

This award acknowledges a physician who advocates for the physician assistant profession through the hiring of PAs, supporting legislation, and education of Physician Assistants.

Dr. Gregory J. Rokosz, D.O., J.D., FACEP, FACOEP

OUTSTANDING HUMANITARIAN PA

In recognition of your commitment to serving the community both personally and professionally.

Marja van Ouwerkerk, PA-C

OUTSTANDING CLINICAL PA

In recognition of your clinical excellence and your passion for medicine.

Heather Reinhardt, MS, PA-C

OUTSTANDING PA EDUCATOR

In recognition of your continued enthusiasm and dedication to the education of PA students.

Carol Harnett, MS, PA-C

OUTSTANDING PA OF THE YEAR

In recognition of your dedication and commitment to the advancement of the PA profession at a local, state, and national level.

Camille J. Dyer, MS, PA-C, AACC, DFAAPA

MEMORIAL RESOLUTION OF CONDOLENCE

For your dedication to the PA profession and commitment to quality medical care both locally and abroad.

Marissa Eve Girawong, PA-C

 2015 Scholarship Recipients

First Place:  Lauren Shauger

Second Place:  Brianne Flynn


BUSINESS INSIDER ARTICLE: PA IS THE BEST JOB IN AMERICA 

September 29, 2015

What it's like to have the best job in America right now

Physician assistant is the best job in America right now, according to a report from Glassdoor.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports these professionals - who typically practice medicine in collaboration with physicians and other healthcare professionals - make over $97,000 a year, on average.

For more on this article on PA's, please click here:  http://www.businessinsider.com/what-its-like-to-have-the-best-job-in-america-right-now-2015-9

Author:  Rachel Gillett

Business Insider 


AAPA Link for ICD-10 Information 

In preparation for the upcoming transition to ICD-10, AAPA has created an ICD-10 informational webpage containing general resources, resources by specialty and state and frequently asked questions. Although the ICD-10 transition begins on October 1, there is still time to prepare to ensure you have a seamless transition. Preparing now will reduce the likelihood of delays or denials of payments. Consequently, we believe that getting this information into the hands of as many PAs as possible is in the best interest of both PAs and the profession.

(https://goo.gl/kXCzx0)


PAs Now Required to Complete Cardiac Assessment PD Module 

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is pleased to announce the availability of the Student-Athlete Cardiac Assessment professional development module (PD module) required by the Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act (P.L. 2013, c.71).  Physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants are required to complete the PD module before performing any student-athlete pre-participation physical examination prior to the first official practice of the athletic season starting with the 2015-16 school year.  The legislation required the development of the PD module to increase the assessment skills of the health care providers who perform student-athlete physical examinations and screens.


NJSSPA Sends Sympathy to NJ Physician Assistant Family & Friends 

Marisa Eve Girawong, PA-C, was  climbing Mount Everest as the base camp medic for a mountaineering company when she was killed in an avalanche Saturday, April 25, 2015, after a massive earthquake hit Nepal. She was just 28 years old. A native of Edison, N.J., Eve was a 2012 graduate of the Saint Francis University PA program in Loretto, Pa. She was a 2009 graduate of Rutgers University-Newark College of Arts and Sciences, where she majored in biology. An avid climber, she had participated in wilderness medicine in the Everest region since 2014. Prior to that, she was a PA in emergency medicine at East Orange General Hospital in East Orange, N.J.

NJSSPA extends its' deep and heartfelt sympathy to Marisa's family and friends.


Yellow Medicaid Notice?

New Requirements for All PAs


New Physician Assistant Legislation is on the Way!

The New Jersey Physician Assistant Licensing Act is 20 years old.

Help us work for updated, modern PA Legislation!


NJSSPA- PAC: Our Eyes, Ears and Voice in Trenton 

NJSSPA- PAC: Is the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants Political Action Committee.

This organization raises money from our membership in order to help maintain a strong PA Voice in Trenton.


AETNA PA Reimbursement Set at 85%

Since June 2010, Aetna's PA, NP, and midwife reimbursement rate has been set at 85% of the Physician's rate