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Welcome to VAPA

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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November 3-4, 2018
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A Message from VAPA President
A message from VAPA President, Rose Rutherford.

The Virginia Department of Health Professions’ Healthcare Workforce Data Center (DHP HWDC) has released the latest editions of its healthcare profession workforce survey reports. These reports are used as a measurement of Virginia’s healthcare workforce. They include findings on key practitioner and practice characteristics related to demographics, education, student debt, workforce settings and roles, income and benefits, job satisfaction, work time allocation, future plans, and more.

Click Here to access the Virginia’s Physician Assistant Workforce Report.

AAPA CME Credits
Today’s Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Practical Considerations
This interactive module provides evidence-based knowledge on several forms of birth control methods, relevant safety and efficacy data, plus common concerns and priorities related to LARC. Earn bonus self-assessment CME credits.
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Important Update on Electronic Prescriptions
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Contemporary Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer In back-to-back publications in JAMA, two research teams reported on the patient-reported outcomes and quality of life in two separate populations of men with localized prostate cancer managed with contemporary treatment options - prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy (EBRT), brachytherapy - versus active surveillance. Across the two studies, each treatment strategy was associated with a distinct pattern of adverse effects in the 2 to 3 years after treatment.
This free online CME activity highlights the studies’ findings and also features a panel discussion that addresses the importance of these findings to patients making prostate cancer treatment choices. This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.25 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel.
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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is now offering membership to Physician Assistants.
For more information, please visit the AAOS website.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the regulations for chart signatures 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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How can I obtain an application for a license and how long is the process?
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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?
Courtesy of MSV

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In Virginia, which items are required to be printed on a prescription issued by a PA?
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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.

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Updated: September 19, 2018