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Mark your calendars: 40th Annual NDAPA Primary Care Seminar

The 40th Annual NDAPA Primary Care Seminar, designed to update professional knowledge in primary care for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, will be held May 3-4, 2018 at the Holiday Inn - Fargo.

More information to come.

ICD-10 Preparation Resources

In preparation for the upcoming transition to ICD-10, American Academy of Physician Assistants has created an ICD-10 informational webpage containing general resources, resources by specialty and state and frequently asked questions. Although the ICD-10 transition began on October 1, there is still time to prepare to ensure you have a seamless transition and reduce the likelihood of delays or denials of payments.

Women's Way expands program eligility

Women’s Way, North Dakota’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, provides a way to pay for breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic follow-up for low income women who are underinsured or uninsured. Women’s Way has been available for women between the ages of 40 through 64, but there has been a gap in coverage for younger women who are in need of preventative services but cannot afford to pay. To close this gap, Women’s Way announces the expansion of program eligibility for women 21 to 39 years of age who meet specific eligibility requirements which can be found on the Women’s Way website at www.ndhealth.gov/womensway.

New rules, training for issuing CDL medical certificates

Beginning May 21, 2014, all CDL medical certificates issued to interstate commercial vehicle drivers must be issued by medical examiners listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME). The North Dakota Medical Association (NDMA) is a registered NRCME training provider for medical professionals seeking to be listed on the National Registry website. NDMA’s online training course is designed to meet the core curriculum requirements for medical examiners according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In addition, this training, through the use of a pretest, posttest and case scenarios will prepare and qualify the medical examiner to take the NRCME certification exam. Delivered 100% online, this course is designed to meet the needs of busy medical professionals. No travel, no classroom time, no time away from work or home. You can access and participate in this training when and where you choose.

HPV vaccination information

As physician assistants, parents and children trust you to make healthcare recommendations. One of the most important things you can do is have conversations with parents about the importance of the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and can cause many types of cancer. Studies show that healthcare provider recommendation has a strong effect on a parent’s decision to immunize their child. The vaccine is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for both males and females ages 11-12. It can be administered to anyone ages 9-26. Because the vaccine has no therapeutic effect on HPV disease, it will not treat already existing HPV. For this reason, it is important to vaccinate adolescents long before their sexual debut to ensure full protection. Most North Dakota adolescents do not complete the vaccine series until age 16-18, if at all, which leaves many of them unprotected from HPV during their sexual debut. Results from the 2011 North Dakota Youth Risk Behaviors Survey (YRBS) show that 25 percent of North Dakota 9th graders have had sex and by 12th grade, the percentage increases to 62 percent. In North Dakota, only 12.3% of people ages 9-18 have completed the three-dose vaccination series. According to a survey done by the American Academy of Pediatrics, parent concerns over vaccine safety is the biggest barrier for pediatricians to address. The other main barrier cited by the survey is the three-dose vaccination series, where patients must come back in to the provider for the second and third doses. What can you do to increase HPV vaccination rates in your practice?
  • Start the conversation with parents early to get them thinking about upcoming vaccinations. Give them time and resources to learn more about the vaccine before making the decision to vaccinate their children. Be sure to address safety concerns and point to resources with vaccine safety information.
  • Remember that both males and females should be vaccinated. Research links HPV the following cancers: cervical, oropharyngeal, anal, penile, vulvar and vaginal. Vaccinating males and females protects both against cancer and genital warts.
  • Check patient’s vaccination records whenever they come in, even if it is for an unrelated visit. Capitalize on opportunities to begin and complete the vaccination series.
  • Have patients schedule their next appointment before they leave your office, especially if they need to return to complete the vaccination series.
  • Send reminders to patients who are due for their next dose.
  • Utilize the links to resources below to educate parents about the vaccine.
  • Contact the North Dakota Department of Health at 701-328-3046 for additional information/resources.
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