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Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Physician Assistant (PA) Programs for Military Vets

On August 8th 2011, Bob Blumm of the American College of Clinicians (ACC) sent out a public statement regarding medical personnel returning home from combat duty wishing to further their education to join the allied health professional work force. Many of these war veterans are facing a rough economy and tough job market when they return and are seeking employment as civillians.

"Very few realize that many of the allied health professionals they encounter in medical offices and healthcare institutions, from medical assistants to phlebotomy technicians and physician assistants to nurse practioners, have learned their skill while serving in the Armed Forces and have a strong military background."

It served as a reminder that the ACC did in fact publish a white paper to honor and make a special pathway for those who served in the miltary and upon returning to the USA desire to further their education and become either nurse practitioners (NP) or physician assistants (PA).  ACC feels strongly that those who have given a part of their lives to serving in a time of war deserve special consideration when applying to programs of advanced practice clinicians. The college asks all PA and NP programs to look favorably on these veterans if they apply to their training programs.

"ACC serves nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) as an advocate for the professions scope of practice. The following is a joint effort of the executive committee 2-3 years ago demonstrating what we feel would best serve both professions as a thank you for a job well done.”

In another white paper published just one day later, Lisa P. Shock, MHS, PA-C President/CEO of Utilization Solutions in Healthcare, Inc. emphazises the value physician assistants (PAs) add to the medical office as a business. In the paper she explains: 

"As healthcare reform is implemented, the expansion of healthcare industries will require an emphasis on cost containment. Here are five ways a PA can make your business more profitable."

Physicians and healthcare institutions are expected to employ more PAs to provide primary care and to assist with medical and surgical procedures because PAs are cost-effective and productive members of the healthcare team.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physician assistants is expected to grow 27 percent from 2006 to 2016. According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants, median income for physician assistants in full-time clinical practice was $80,356 in 2006; median income for first-year graduates was $69,517. Income varies by specialty, practice setting, geographical location, and years of experience.




Kim's Advice: "Get Your Medical Biller On!"

Medical_billing Kim V., Certified Medical Biller

Medical Billing—Find Your Calling!

This is a good time to become a medicalbiller, a career in which you can be trained quickly and where you can grow professionally and as a person. This site is designed to help you find information you need to become a medical biller, find local schools for medical billing training and quickly locate job opportunities in your state for medical billing and coding employment.

What Medical Billers Do:

Medical billing is versatile and rewarding. To understand medical billing you must know what medical billers are and aren't,for example medical billers are not medical coders (although they understand certain aspects of coding).

Medical Billers have one goal: billing for medical and healthcare services, medications, equipment, supplies and consultations. It is a systematic procedure of billing and collecting professional fees for medical and healthcare services provided to patients. That means we send a claim to an insurance company, we post payments, we respond to outside information requests that relate to the claim, we follow up on a claim with no response, we communicate with the patient or their insurance company about a claim that is denied, in review or pended. We send statements to the patient and we turn over delinquent accounts to the providers debt collection agency. Doing it right requires a broad range of knowledge and understanding of the medical billing process and health insurance company rules.

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