Posted by Nick Vance, Monday, July 21st, 2014 @ 3:18pm
West Virginia Center for Drug and Health Information WVU School of Pharmacy
A Statewide Service Providing Drug, Drug Therapy, and Health Related Information
at No Cost for Health Professionals
The West Virginia Center for Drug and Health Information (WV CDHI), operated by the WVU School of Pharmacy in Morgantown, has been a regional resource for health professionals in WV for over 35 years. The WV CDHI’s mission is to provide health care professionals and others with:
Specific answers to questions about medications (prescription, nonprescription, natural products), including but not limited to dosage/administration, therapeutic uses, adverse effects, contraindications, drug interactions, toxicity information, drug-drug parenteral compatibilities and monitoring guidelines
Current guidelines for the treatment of various disease states
Evaluative information from the medical and pharmaceutical literature
Consultations regarding an individual patient’s drug therapy
Facts about newly marketed drugs, those currently waiting approval, and investigational agents
The WV CDHI staff analyzes published information to provide relevant, specific answers to questions. All answers provided are fully referenced, with references provided as desired to the health care provider for their review.
Resources used by the WV CDHI to research and answer questions include:
Many textbooks, including specialized references
Numerous medical and pharmacy journals
Comprehensive information services including the Micromedex Information System
Computer databases, such as PubMed (MEDLINE) and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts
Various other print and electronic resources such as Clinical Pharmacology, Facts and Comparisons, Lexi-Comp, AHFS Drug Information, Meyler’s Side Effects of Drugs & others
Contact WV CDHI:
800-352-2501 (in WV)
304-293-6640 (local, out-of-state)
If you have a mobile device, you can create a shortcut to this form on your Home screen. With an iPhone or iPad, go to the page through your browser and click the button that looks like this (either at the bottom with iPhone or the top with iPad): Tap “Add to Home Screen.” This creates a shortcut directly to the question form that looks (and works) like an app.
WV CDHI Staff: Marie A. Abate, B.S., PharmD., Director; email@example.com; 304-293-1463
Matthew L. Blommel, PharmD., Assistant Director; firstname.lastname@example.org; 304-293-1467
Christopher Isabella, PharmD., Drug Information Resident, email@example.com; 304-293-6640
Senior Doctor of Pharmacy degree candidates (4th professional year) on rotation in the WV CDHI
Please contact us if you would like stickers with our contact information to place by your phone. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions.
Posted by Nick Vance, Thursday, June 12th, 2014 @ 3:27pm
CMS issued new rules in May that decreases practice barriers for PAs in Rural Settings at Rural Health Clinics & FQHC. This will allow better access to care for patients in rural communities throughout the country specifically WV.
Posted by Nick Vance, Monday, February 17th, 2014 @ 6:38am
Medicare's 2014 Surgical Assist Exclusion list is available for view. It lists CPT codes of procedures that first assists won't get reimbursed. The link below will take you to the AAPA website with the list.
Posted by Nick Vance, Monday, February 17th, 2014 @ 5:09am
**Reminder to Osteopathic Physician Assistants!!
Osteopathic Physician Assistants who are renewing their state license by March 31, 2014, do not forget you must complete the mandatory 3 hour CME on Pain Prescribing and Drug Diversion before the March 31st renewal deadline!! For more information, please visit the West Virginia Board of Osteopathy website for approved programs.
Posted by David Payne, Monday, December 16th, 2013 @ 12:37pm
originally posted by Nick Vance on September 14, 2013
I would like to thank everyone who participated with voting in the recent WVAPA election for the upcoming year! It looks to be another great year for the WVAPA! We have a great Board of Directors, more volunteers for committees, and an expanding membership! I would like to introduce the incoming Board for the WVAPA:
President: Jennifer Pack PA-C President-Elect: Kelly Riggleman PA-C Immediate Past President: Nick Vance PA-C Vice President: Ginger Boles PA-C Secretary: Kelly Robinson PA-C Treasurer: Melisa Vance PA-C Director-at-Large (2 year): Sherri Lilly PA-C Director-at-Large (1 year): Tessa Beitzel PA-C Student Rep – Alderson-Broaddus: Kelsey Mills PA-S Student Rep – University of Charleston: Erik Anderson PA-S Student Rep – West Liberty University: Megan Moore PA-S AAPA HOD – Chief Delegate: Nick Vance PA-C AAPA HOD: Courtney Rhodes PA-C
Posted by David Payne, Monday, December 16th, 2013 @ 12:34pm
originally posted by Nick Vance on July 23, 2013
The West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services (BMS) has received approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to make enhanced payments to eligible primary care providers at parity with Medicare rates in 2013 and 2014 for certain evaluation and management (E&M) and vaccination codes beginning with January 1, 2013 dates of service. Prior to receiving the enhanced rate, eligible physicians and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) must self-attest that they have a specialty designation of family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatric medicine, or a subspecialty. Physician assistants (PAs) automatically qualify if their supervising physician qualifies and self-attests.
Providers have until December 31, 2013, to complete the self-attestation in order to get the 2013 enhanced rate. Providers who submit the self-attestation form will received retroactive payment back to January 1, 2013. Further information on the enhanced primary care payment to primary care providers can be found on the BMS website at http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/bms/news/Pages/epc.aspx.
Posted by David Payne, Monday, December 16th, 2013 @ 12:31pm
originally posted by Nick Vance on April 16, 2013
At its meeting in January 2013, the Physician Assistant Committee reviewed whether a physician assistant may order a CT or a nuclear study on a patient that involves contrast or radiopharmaceutical materials. This query was brought to the attention of the Physician Assistant Committee by a hospital seeking clarification on this matter, as the formulary for a physician assistant clearly excludes the prescribing of radiopharmaceuticals and radiographic contrast materials.
The Committee determined that the ordering of such diagnostic and investigative studies is permissible by a physician assistant and differs from the prescribing of such materials for treatment purposes.
This position was recommended by the Physician Assistant Committee to, and approved by, the full Board at its meeting on January 14, 2013.
Posted by David Payne, Monday, December 16th, 2013 @ 12:08pm
originally posted by Nick Vance on November 17, 2012
The West Virginia Association of Physician Assistants (WVAPA) and the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA) should be very proud of recent accomplishments in West Virginia for two major pieces of legislation just enacted by the West Virginia Legislature.
With much hard work and cooperation with lawmakers, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's administration and the medical boards, physician assistants have made great strides to provide quality enhanced medical care to patients.
A general description of the two bills is provided below. They include the appointment by the Governor of a PA to the WV Board of Osteopathic Medicine for the very first time, and the expanded annual prescriptive authority of a PA for chronic diseases - as well as the ability to regularly prescribe anticoagulants. There is no change in prescribing of controlled substances.
Both bills have been signed into law. HB 4239 is awaiting appointment from the Governor's office of the two new members to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine. SB 535 is awaiting rules for both the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine. The following provides important details for each bill.
HB 4239 Morgan (relating to West Virginia Board of Osteopathy; increasing board membership; increasing the term length; adding certain requirements to qualify to serve on the board)
This bill changes the name of the Board of Osteopathy to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine. More importantly, the bill adds an additional osteopathic physician to the three osteopathic physicians already on the board and adds a new osteopathic physician assistant for the first time to the board. All board member terms are increased from 3 to 5 years. Other provisions are "modernized." This bill was supported by the WV Association of Physician Assistants, WV Academy of Family Physicians and the current Board of Osteopathy. Completed legislation; Signed into law. Awaiting appointment by Governor's office the new physician and physician assistant member. Click here for more details.
SB 535 Stollings (expands prescriptive authority for chronic diseases by physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses)
The bill is intended to increase patient access to primary care providers. It permits prescribing medications for treatment of chronic conditions for annual supplies of any medications other than controlled substances by PAs and APRNs. Rules must be promulgated by the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine for licensed PAs under supervision by a physician and by the Board of Registered Nurses for APRNs in a collaborative relationship with a physician. “Chronic Condition” is defined as a condition which last 3 months or more, generally cannot be prevented by vaccines, can be controlled but not cured by medication and does not generally disappear. These conditions include, but are not limited to arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and seizures, and obesity. The treated chronic disease must be noted on the prescription. Also allows regular prescribing of anticoagulants which are currently not allowed for PAs and APRNs. Current prohibitions for Schedule II and limits on Schedule III drugs are maintained. Completed legislation; Enacted after 90 days from passage. Awaiting rules to be promulgated by the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Board of Medicine. Click here for more details.
Nicholas Vance MPAS, PA-C, NREMT-P