Organizations That Interact With Physician Assistants

Names, addresses, and numbers for some of the organizations that interact with physician assistants.

(Note: Descriptions of the following organizations not complete. Contact organizations directly for full details of their functions.)

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
National professional association for Pas; provides information on national legislative issues, federal reimbursement issues, PA salaries, and special interest caucuses. Logs CME units for members.

950 North Washington Street
Alexandria VA 22314-1552
(703) 836-2272
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American Medical Association (AMA)
National professional association for physicians. Establishes recommended policies regarding PA training requirements, minimum qualifications for PA licensure, appropriate scope of PA practice, etc.

515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 464-5000
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Accreditation Review Committee on the Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
Conducts evaluations of PA programs: curriculum, faculty, and organization. Submits findings and makes recommendations to CAAHEP.

1000 North Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449-5788
(715) 389-3785
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Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education, Department of Consumer Affairs (BPPE)
Approves postsecondary educational institutions and training programs of those institutions (accredited universities and state colleges are generally exempt from BPPE review). Reviews financial responsibility, faculty, course content, completion and placement rates, and mediates some student complaints.

P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
(916) 574-7720
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California Academy of PAs (CAPA)
State professional association for Pas; provides information on continuing medical education courses, professional liability issues, employment opportunities, and legislative activities.

2318 S. Fairview St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 427-0321
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California Medical Association (CMA)
Establishes recommended policies for physicians, physician's role in various settings, utilization of Pas, etc. Legislative activities.

P. O. Box 7690
San Francisco, CA 94120-7690
(415) 541-0900
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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Nationally accredits training programs for several allied health professions, including PA training programs.

35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970
Chicago, IL 60601-2208
(312) 553-9355
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Consumer Information Center, Department of Consumer Affairs
Provides information and assistance to consumers regarding California licensed and unlicensed professions.

1625 N. Market Blvd., Suite N112
Sacramento, CA 95834
(800) 952-5210 or (916) 445-1254

Medi-Cal Provider Enrollment, Department of Health Services
Provides forms to apply to be recognized as a non-physician medical provider for Medical billing purposes.

Medical Provider Services
714 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 323-1945

Radiologic Health Section, Department of Health Services
Processes permits to operate x-ray machines.

P. O. Box 942732-MS178
Sacramento, CA 94234-7326
(916) 322-2073

Industrial Medical Council/Department of Industrial Relations
Directs the functioning of the California Workers' Compensation program.

P. O. Box 8888
San Francisco, CA 94128
(650) 737-2700
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Drug and Enforcement Administration of the United States (DEA)
Provides a federal DEA controlled substances registration number to licensed Pas.

255 East Temple Street, 20th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(415) 436-7905 - Northern California
(888) 415-9822 - Southern California

Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
Provides Medical Provider billing information.
3215 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(800) 541-5555

Medical Board of California (MBC)
Reviews and investigates complaints filed against MDs, Pas, etc. Licenses physicians and surgeons. Regulates medical assistants and supervising physicians. Regulates scope of practice for Pas based upon recommendations of PAC.

2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
(800) 633-2322 or (916) 263-2424 (Central Complaint Unit)
(916) 263-2499 (Licensing Unit)
(916) 263-2393 (Medical Assistants)
(916) 263-2466 (General Information)
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National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Administers the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and national professional recertification examination. Tracks CME units for any PA seeking national professional recertification.

157 Technology Parkway, Suite 800
Norcross, GA 30092-2913
(770) 399-9971
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Osteopathic Medical Board of California (OMBC)
Issues approvals to supervise PAs to doctors of osteopathic medicine.

2720 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 350
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263-3100
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Registered Nursing, Board of (BRN)
Licenses RNs and FNPs. Establishes nursing regulations. Enforces RN laws and regulations.

1625 North Market Street, Suite N217
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 322-3350
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