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  • 11 Jul 2016 2:47 PM | monique Ochoa (Administrator)

    My name is Erin Davis and I am the Business Development Director for Richter Goods here in San Antonio. We are developing a line of high quality, style conscious scrubs for the female medical professional all made by hand right here in San Antonio. I would love to introduce myself and let your group know what we are doing. We are having a little after work party on Friday July 15 from 6-8pm at 2202 Broadway St San Antonio, TX to show some of the apparel and get feedback from real women working in the industry. There will be drinks and hors d'ourves for all who attend.

  • 22 Jun 2016 2:33 PM | monique Ochoa (Administrator)

    On Behalf of the Texas Department of State Health Services

    Visit www.TexasZika.org for important information about the Zika virus

    DSHS materials are now available for you to download at www.TexasZika.org.

    The website also has important information about the Zika virus and simple steps Texans can take to protect themselves and their loved ones from getting it. In addition, the website provides specific information for pregnant women and travelers.


  • 08 Mar 2016 11:07 AM | Deleted user

    Aspiring Physician Assistant looking for shadowing opportunities, willing to do all scut work in exchange for advantageous learning experiences. 

    Please find it in your busy schedule and in your heart to allow me this opportunity! Email: kvn0203@gmail.com

  • 08 Nov 2015 7:03 PM | Graciela Spencer

    Hi folks, just a thank you note to the organizers of the event, had a very good turnout, it was well planned. 

    The speakers and the topics were very good and UTD

    Thank you!


    Paty

  • 08 Oct 2014 4:52 PM | Reginald L. Smith

    Good afternoon to all,

    I would like to thank and appreciate all those who have assisted and worked hard for Bexar County PA Society. As a former Board of Director member, I do know the work you have to put in to make this Society to function and stay financially stable.

    I will be working as Civil Service at Womack AMC starting December 1. I hope to see some of you at Oct 16 CME dinner. I will NOT be attending our PA conference due to my recert PA Boards that weekend. Again, I thank all those who supported Bexar County PA Society for so many years.

    Reginald L. Smith, PA-C

    Former Vice-President and Director at Large BCPAS.


  • 30 Sep 2014 1:38 PM | monique Ochoa (Administrator)

    Today, Board members Chuck Moxin, Barbara Dauerty, Reggie Miller and a student speaker Ms. Marianne Mell,  PA-S 1  from at UTHSCSA asked Bexar County to please recognize PAs in Bexar County and all they do for the community.  Ms. Mell made a presentation about Physician Assistants and Bexar County awarded a proclamation to President, Charles Moxin stating October 6 - 13, 2014 will be recognized as PA week in Bexar County.  See photo on website page "About BCPAS".  

  • 22 May 2014 8:08 AM | Blaine Carmichael

    I want to express my opposition to using “collaborative: to define our relationship with physicians. When I say to the pt, I am working in collaboration with Dr X, which I do on occasion to test their response, I usually hear something to the effect “What does that mean?” Is the doctor a Nazi?” When I say, “I work in Association with Dr X” The response is, something like, “OK”

    I  support “in association with” rather than “in collaboration with” as our working relationship description with physicians. Here are some of the other reasons I do not like the word “collaboration” to describe the PA/Physician relationship.

    To cooperate as a traitor, esp. with an enemy occupying one's own country.

    To give help to an enemy who has invaded your country during a war.

    He was suspected of collaborating with the occupying army.

    Trials for war crimes, collaboration, and genocide continued in several countries for many years after the war.

    Any cooperation with Israel would be seen by many Palestinians as collaboration with the enemy.

    The betrayal of others by working with an enemy.

    Since the Second World War the term "Collaboration" acquired a very negative meaning as referring to persons and groups working with the enemy.

    The more specific term Collaborationism is often used for this phenomenon of collaboration with an enemy. However, there is no water-tight distinction; "Collaboration" and "Collaborator", as well as "Collaborationism" and "Collaborationist", are often used in this pejorative sense.

    The term collaborate dates from 1871, and is a back-formation from collaborator (1802), from the French collaborateur as used during the Napoleonic Wars against smugglers trading with England and assisting in the escape of monarchists, and is itself derived from the Latin collaboratus, past participle of collaborare "work with", from com- "with" + labore "to work." The meaning of "traitorous cooperation with the enemy” dates from 1940, originally in reference to the Vichy Government of Frenchmen who cooperated with the Germans, 1940-44.

    Collaboration, to conspire, cooperate, collude, fraternize “He was accused of having collaborated with the secret police.”

    Warm Regards

    Blaine P. Carmichael, PA-C. MPAS, DFAAPA

    President Elect, BCPAS

  • 27 Mar 2014 7:48 AM | monique Ochoa (Administrator)

    In recent months, some PAs in Texas have met resistance with their patients getting CIII-V prescriptions filled.  This issue has been on TAPA’s radar since the beginning, and we have been working toward a resolution.  Some of you may not have noticed any change in the way your scripts were being managed, but for those of you who have had scripts mishandled, there is now a clarification on the matter.

    First, for historical background, the original legislation that allowed for controlled substance prescribing to be delegated was passed in 1995.  Its intent was to allow for no more than a 90-day equivalent of the med, whether it be 30 days with 2 refills, or 90 days in one fill.  

    With rising concerns about controlled substance diversion, pill mills, and regulation of these prescriptions, pharmacies across the country have taken a harder look at policies regarding these scripts.  In Texas, the Pharmacy Board arrived at a different interpretation of the long-standing legislation.  Some pharmacists, mostly from larger chains, began to interpret the law as meaning something different than originally intended.  

    TAPA asked the TMB to offer clarification to the Pharmacy Board as to the original intent of the legislation.  As a result, the Texas Pharmacy Board has issued an update on their website.  Please see below:

    Information on Controlled Substance Prescriptions from Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Physician Assistants

    At their December meeting, the Texas Medical Board reviewed Section 157.0511 (b)(2) [see below] of the Medical Practices Act and determined to interpret this portion of their Act to mean that, if delegated by the physician, an APRN or PA may issue prescriptions for a total of 90-days’ supply of a controlled substance including refills.  The intent of the section is to allow 90-days’ supply and not to limit the patient to one refill. This means the APRN or PA could issue a prescription with more than one refill provided the total quantity does not exceed more than a 90-day supply. Further discussions with staff of the Medical Board have also resulted in the interpretation that essentially a controlled substance prescription issued by an APRN or PA, expires 90-days after issuance.

    Sec. 157.0511.  PRESCRIPTION DRUG ORDERS. 

    (a)  A physician's authority to delegate the carrying out or signing 

         of a prescription drug order under this subchapter is limited to: 

              (1)  dangerous drugs;  and

              (2)  controlled substances to the extent provided by             

                    Subsection (b).

    (b)  A physician may delegate the carrying out or signing of a prescription drug order for a controlled substance only if:

             (1)  the prescription is for a controlled substance listed in Schedule III, IV, or V as established by the commissioner of public health under Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code;

              (2)  the prescription, including a refill of the prescription, is for a period not to exceed 90 days;

              (3)  with regard to the refill of a prescription, the refill is authorized after consultation with the delegating physician and the consultation is noted in the patient's chart; and

              (4)  with regard to a prescription for a child less than two years of age, the prescription is made after consultation with the delegating physician and the consultation is noted in the patient's chart.

    When encountering any future road blocks with controlled substance prescribing, having this link (www.tsbp.state.tx.us) available will be vital in communicating with pharmacists.  If you continue to meet resistance, please let TAPA know.  It is imperative that we be able to practice at the fullest extent of our license, and that our patients have access to the care they need in a timely fashion without delay.  Advocacy works, PAs in Texas do have a voice.  Please share this info with your fellow PAs. 

    Karrie Lynn Crosby, MPAS, PA-C

    TAPA President 2013-2014

  • 14 Mar 2014 12:12 AM | Blaine Carmichael

    Dear Mr. O'Reilly,

     

    On behalf of the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistant/Associate (AFPPA) organization, we were thoroughly dismayed and assuredly disappointed by your comments about the PA profession during "The O'Reilly Factor" broadcast on March 4, 2014. We know that by the time you read this letter you will have been contacted by a multitude of our colleagues and other graduates who probably listened to and respected your views in the past. Not only did you disparage our profession, your innuendo about community college insults every graduate of these institutions of higher learning.

     

    Comparing PA's and our training to "Lenny, who just came out of the community college" grossly misrepresents our education and the quality medicine that PAs practice in every medical setting and specialty in America. That includes caring for our military service members, both home and abroad, and even serving on the white house medical staff. The misleading information you expressed does a great disservice to the millions of viewers who trust the information and opinions you provide.

     

    Maybe you were unaware of what a physician assistant is/does or maybe your staffers/researchers confused our profession with "medical assistants". What you need to know is that the majority of today's PAs are educated through intense, graduate-level medical programs wherein we are trained to diagnose, treat and prescribe. In contrast to your comment, 94 percent of PAs hold bachelors, masters or higher degrees. We are often trained right alongside physicians in medical schools, academic medical centers and residencies. These programs are modeled on the medical school curriculum with a combination of classroom instruction and a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical rotations. That means we share diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning with that of physicians.

     

    PAs are nationally certified and licensed to practice medicine and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories with the exception of Puerto Rico. PAs are authorized by the State Medical Boards to practice medicine, meaning we can perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, assist in surgery, perform procedures, provide patient education and counseling, and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes among many other medical services.

     

    There are more than 95,000 PAs in the workforce today, increasing access to high-quality healthcare. More than 7,000 PAs graduate from 181 accredited programs each year. We would encourage you to learn more about the PA profession before your next healthcare segment. The proper thing to do in this instance would be to do a story on our profession with details of our educational process. Your viewers deserve to know they can count on us for the care they need, when they need it.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    The Board of Directors

    Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants
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