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Greetings fellow Montana PAs. We recently had our Fall 2013 Board of Directors meeting in Helena at our headquarters on 11th Avenue. We had a good meeting and I wanted to offer a summary of some of the items we discussed at that meeting. First of all, I would like to welcome our newest board member, Luke Altenhofen. Luke is a member of the class of 2015 at Rocky Mountain College. Thanks for taking the time and interest in your states PA organization! Your fellow PAs thank-you.
First of all, we discussed the move of our website to Yourmembership. As many of you recall, our current website host, Affiniscape has been purchased by a company named Yourmembership.com. We are scheduled to begin our migration onto their platform in January of 2014. This move will likely be complete by the end of March. Look for exciting changes coming to the website! Peter Bully will be joining our efforts in moving the site in the coming months. Thank-you Peter. Hopefully it proves to be a smooth transition! We expect some exciting additions and more ability to communicate with one another easier from Yourmembership.com.
We had a productive discussion regarding our CME event next summer. This began by reviewing the feedback from last years conference. This data had been summarized since the conference in August. Our speakers this year received very good reviews. We received constructive feedback and several suggestions for topics next year. We have already begun the process of reviewing previous topics suggestions and trying to identify speakers for next summer's conference. We welcome any volunteers from those PAs in and around the Great Falls region. Please contact any board member or the MTAPA headquarters if you are interested and willing to help. Please note that next summers CME and Annual General Membership Meeting will be in JUNE of 2014 (not July/Aug. as previously). The exact dates will be Wednesday, June 18 through Friday, June 20, 2014. The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Great Falls. Please make plans to attend next summer! Hopefully June will prove to be a good time for everyone.
We had many other topics on the agenda - we will be posting the minutes from the meeting once they are reviewed and available. Our next meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, January 7th at 7:00 pm. This meeting will be an online or teleconference meeting. Please contact MTAPA to find out more details and how to join the meeting.
The Montana Medical Association has recently completed development of an online course which will fullfill the requirements pertaining to upcoming changes to those who perform CDL examinations. As of May 2014, all practitioners who perform CDL examinations will be required to complete new continuing education requirements as set for by the Federal Government. Please see the Montana Medical Associations website for further details. Their link is: www.mmaoffice.com.
As many of you know, the potential ability for PA's to admit patients (or participate in the admissions process) came under question with recent wording in upcoming CMS rules changes for 2014. It appears there has been clarification on this potential rules change. AAPA released a statement on September 5th regarding this issue. Please see www.aapa.org/the_pa_profession/federal_and_state_advocacy.aspx for details. It appears from this statement that the AAPA is in ongoing discussions with CMS and hopes to ultimately resolve this issue.
This summer we renewed our contract with the MMA to provide us with our administrative services. We have had the pleasure of having Tonya McCormack assigned to our organization. She has been serving as our administrative assistant. If you call MTAPA or comminicate otherwise, it is likely Tonya who will be helping you. Say thanks to her and the rest of the staff at the MMA for the help they offer us.
Yours in good health,
Will Hunt, PA-C
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