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The Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants serves the needs of PAs and PA Students who work or reside in the state of Virginia. VAPA’s Web site serves its members and the public by providing a forum for services and ideas designed to strengthen and promote the PA profession throughout Virginia. MORE....

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Save the date:
October 6-12 – PA Week
November 8-9 – VAPA 3rd Annual Fall CME, Hotel Roanoke

VAPA Summer CME Conference!
Thanks for helping make our 2014 Conference a Huge Success!
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2014 VAPA Awards
The Award Winners have been announced.
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The 2013 membership year expired on March 1, 2014. VAPA had a terrific year and anticipates another banner year. Your dues have been hard at work and member benefits, advocacy and professional development opportunities for Virginia PAs continue to grow. Please support your organization and renew/join.
The link to renew is easily found at
Remember if a new fellow member lists you as a reference, you will receive a $95 coupon code for a conference discount.

VAPA General Membership Meeting – April 12th
Thank you for attending! It was a productive, informative event. If you missed this one, mark your calendar for the next General Membership lunch meeting on July 21 in Virginia Beach.

White Coats on Call
VAPA advocates for the PA profession with our physician partners at MSV in the General Assembly annually. Watch the legislative tab for important updates of current legislation.

AAPA Leadership & Advocacy Summit was a great time, sponsored by VAPA. Volunteer leaders participated in interactive advocacy training, specialized education sessions and multiple networking opportunities with constituent organization from across the country. See photos on our Facebook page.

Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) – what prescribers need to know about opioids – this is a free CME seminar offered by the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation. Registration is required and seating is limited. Seminars held in February were standing-room-only. Watch for more sessions as they become available: to register

Best Practices in Responsible Opioid Prescribing and Dispensing: A Healthcare Provider Training
To view the agenda, learn more about the program and to register, visit:

VHCF CME Opportunities
The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has underwritten two CME webinars for physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants who encounter patients with mental health conditions and may not have ready access to mental health specialists.
The first webinar, “Pharmacotherapy for Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care,” is available now and the second, “Diagnostic Considerations for Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care,” will be available in April 2014.
Click here to view information, purchase and participate in the webinars.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the regulations for chart signatures in for PAs in VA?
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I want to get involved in global health, where do I start?
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How do I know which contact hours are accredited/approved?
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What are the new CME requirements, and what do they mean to me?
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I am moving to Virginia. How can I obtain an application for a license and how long does the process take?
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VAPA has never done anything for me. Why should I join/renew my membership now?
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Who should attend White Coats On Call?
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How many PAs can a Virginia physician supervise?
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HHS Grants to help veterans get jobs as physician assistants

Can a physician assistant sign a DNR form?
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Incident-to billing is very confusing. Can you please explain it again?
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VAPA advocates for all Virginia PAs, keeping you apprised of changing regulations. Be first to know about legislative successes! Maintain your professional investment and show your support with membership. It is never too late to renew membership! Simply click on the link in the column on the left to renew or join.

Effective July 1, 2013: DME/New Face-to-Face Documentation Requirements

On November 16, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a new requirement that certain items of durable medical equipment (DME) can only be ordered after the physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist has had a face-to-face encounter with the patient to asses, evaluate, and/or treat the patient for the medical condition that supports the need for the DME product.

More details are available here.

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Updated: August 19, 2014