How COVID-19 is Affecting Hardin-Simmons University’s PA Program

COVID-19 has affected not only how we live, but how we learn. Barbara Quillin, MPAS, PA-C, the director of clinical education and an assistant professor at Hardin-Simmons University PA program in Abilene, Texas, talked to AAPA about the quickly shifting academic landscape.
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Quantifying PA Productivity Can be Challenging

Measuring productivity in healthcare is important to determine contribution to care, revenue generation, and job performance; however, accurate measurement of a health professional’s productivity can be challenging. PAs are acutely affected when productivity measurements are quantified by financial contribution alone.

PA Helps Transform Graduation Gowns Into PPE

Nathaniel Moore, PA-C, FAWM, created Gowns4Good to connect graduation gowns with healthcare workers who need PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the organization has received requests for 67,980 gowns and has donated 4,623 gowns nationwide.
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New CMS Rule Provides Additional PA Practice Flexibility

CMS yesterday released additional regulatory flexibilities for PAs in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The Medicare and Medicaid Programs Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency interim final rule temporarily authorizes PAs to supervise diagnostic tests.
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Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence Presents Unique Challenges

Sexual violence affects every demographic and every community, making it a serious public health concern. Proper identification of sexual violence and treatment is the first line in positive patient outcomes. Healthcare providers need to be aware of sexual violence as a factor for overall wellness.

A Day in the Life of PA Faculty and Clinician

Nicole S. Cournoyer, PA-C, faculty member at Thomas Jefferson University, started her career in a community-based oncology office. Teaching patients and family members about disease processes, medications and interventions led to lecturing then teaching full-time at her alma mater.