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SD Academy of PAs Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 5

January, 2018




Presidents Message

                Thank you to each of you, 2017 was a year of hard work by your board, committee members and staff.  Our new website launched with a new look and new features, with other features to roll out over the next few months.  The new career center has local and regional job postings as well as a function for you to post your resume for potential employers to review.  You may submit a post to the community calendar to inform PAs about important meetings or events in your community.

                When updating your profile or renewing your membership, please click on the refer-a-friend function.   If a PA colleague of yours is not a member, please send an invite and encourage them to become a Fellow member. Our ultimate goal is to have every PA who is licensed in South Dakota to also be an active member of SDAPA.  PA members who are well informed on issues contribute to well-informed administrators, physicians and patients at each of South Dakota’s clinics, hospitals and healthcare facilities.  This will be increasingly important as SDAPA works to inform and dispel myths regarding Optimal Team Practice. 

                Both regulatory and legislative changes are needed to achieve Optimal Team Practice.  To get there we need your financial help!  Donations to the new Legislative fund will help support lobbying efforts and activities that promote education about Optimal Team Practice, coalition building to garner support, and to continue to act upon any bills or potential legislation that may negatively impact patient care in South Dakota by negatively impacting PA practice.  Go to the donations tab and donate.

An extra thank you to Cathy Berg, our new executive secretary, who has worked diligently since joining our organization just a few short months ago.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the West River Spring SDAPA CME conference in Rapid City, SD on March 7, 8 and 9 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.  Your CME committee has been working very hard to prepare a great conference with a variety of topics.



Louise Papka, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA

President, South Dakota Academy of PAs


January 2018

Reimbursement Chair

STAR REPORT:                                                                                  


Updated November 16, 2017

Terri Behl – STAR Representative with AAPA, Reimbursement Committee – SDAPA for any questions


Hospital Discharge Summary Update:

Medicare requires that there is evidence in the chart that the patient is under the care of and MD/DO.

Medicare states that the writing of a discharge summary can be delegated to another qualified clinician, but it is expected that the MD/DO would co-authenticate and date the discharge summary.

10/17/2017 CMS Policy Change

CMS does not require a co-signature on the NP/PA discharge summary unless required by state law. 

The summary must be signed, dated and timed by the clinician who completed it.

                PA or NP must be a part of the team responsible for the care of the patient while hospitalized.

Medicare Hospital Billing:

                Can be billed as Shared or Split/Shared:

                                For hospital inpatient, outpatient or ED

                                PA & Physician employed by the same entity

                                E/M services (no critical care and no procedures)

                                Physician provided & documents some, face-to face portion of E/M service, and

                                PA & Physician provide care on the same calendar day


2018 – South Dakota Academy of PAs CME Winter/Spring Conference

Happy New Year!    We hope you all had a great holiday and look forward to seeing you in the new year as we prepare for our Winter/Spring CME conference which is scheduled for March 7 – 9, 2018 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City, SD.

We are very excited about our new venue and the fact that this is the first time this conference will be for 3 full days which is also a big change this year.  We hope all those that attend will find it a great location to get together and look forward to seeing everyone there.

Registration is open to all attendees as of Jan. 1, 2018 and details can be found on how to register on the website by going to, click on Events & CME, drop down to menu item March 2018 Conference CME.

We have put together a great line up of speakers which we think will be beneficial to our attendees.  To give you a sneak peek of a few of the speakers that are scheduled:   Robert J. Woodruff, MD., who will be speaking on Cervical Myelopathy; Tracy Salameh, from the Dakota Aids Education and Training Center, will be speaking on HIV101; and Agent Jacob E. Korbakes’ topic will be “An Update on Illicit Drug Use in South Dakota”, just to name a few.

If you have any questions or need any further information regarding the details of the winter/spring CME conference, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 605-222-5592 or by email:

Be well,

Michelle Hagen, MPAS, PA-C

CME Winter/Spring Conference Chair


Help Veterans Dress for Success

 Please bring your new and gently used dress clothes, coats, and shoes to the Winter SDAPA conference in Rapid City.    We will be collecting items to donate to the Black Hills Heath Care System VA.  Men’s and women’s clothes are needed.


We often focus on the needs of Veterans, this is an opportunity to focus on helping them dress for success. Dress clothes are needed for job interviews, church, funerals and much more. Donation bins will be available at the conference, and the clothes will be delivered directly to the Ft. Meade VA for distribution.   Please consider donating to this great cause!


If you have questions or large donations, please contact Michelle Hagen PA-C at 



Membership Dues renewals begin January 1, 2018

WINTER/SPRING CME Conference: March 7, 8, and 9 2018 in Rapid City, SD


On the Road to Success!

The Class of 2019 began their PA Education the end of July 2017.  On November 3rd, they were recognized for their acceptance into the PA program and the PA profession and received their white coat in a ceremony which was attended by family and friends.  We congratulate them on their acceptance into the PA program and the PA profession.

The Class of 2019 has been very busy with their course work, yet taking time to serve the needs of the community and nationally through fundraising.  To date, they have been active in the following fundraisers such as cleaning the arena after basketball games, cleaning the dome after football games, selling candy and pop, selling USD PA clothing, Schwan’s Food fundraiser, bake sale, and selling raffle tickets to win a butchered hog (“Give me the Bacon” fundraiser).  Most of the proceeds will be going to the following organizations:  Vermillion Food Pantry, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Backpack Program, Feeding SD, Servant’s Heart Free Clinic, and Children’s Miracle Network.  A smaller portion of the proceeds will go to help fund an interdisciplinary medical missions trip to Guatemala that some of our students will participate in.  The PA students will be under the supervision of Dr. Julie Johnson, pediatric medical care and rehabilitation physician and USD PA Associate Professor.

In addition to fundraising, the Class of 2019 has given their time by working at the Vermillion Welcome Table, participating in the Dakota Days Parade promoting PAs and PA Week.  During the parade they handed out stickers and Band-Aid dispensers supplied through the SDAPA.  To further celebrate PA Week, the students distributed cookies to the PAs in Vermillion.  December was a busy month with participating in The Dakota Farm Show with the OT and PT students providing free health screening, supervised by faculty and helping with the Giving Tree at Lee Medical School to provide clothing and Christmas presents to those in need.  They have also adopted a family of 5 in need where they have helped to provide meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as provide Christmas presents. 

The faculty and staff at the USD PA Program are proud of these students for taking such an active role in caring and giving back to the community and those in need.  Work well done by our future leaders!


Submitted by USD Assistant Professor Nancy D. Trimble, MPAS, PA-C


Sunday, October 15, 2017
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