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PA Receives Secretary of the Army Award of Valor2011-05-23 2011-05-23
by Janette Rodrigues
PA Michael Grant Cahill posthumously received the Secretary of the Army Award of Valor today for being the first to try to stop the Fort Hood gunman before being slain. The Associated Press reported that Cahill, 62, clutched a chair over his head and ran at the gunman soo
Five Health Systems Team Up to Share Patient Data2011-05-19Five leading health care systems who have become known as leaders in the use of electronic medical records are joining forces to exchange patient health data. Geisinger Health System of Penn., Kaiser Permanente of Calif., Mayo Clinic of Minn., Intermountain Health Care of Utah, and Gr
FDA Kicks Off Campaign to Stop Acetaminophen Overdose2011-05-18The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently launched a national public health campaign called "The Safe Use of Acetaminophen." It seeks to educate the public about the dangers of misusing acetaminophen and how to use it safely. Among the mostly widely used drugs in the country,
PA Studies Tops Forbes Best Master’s Degrees For Jobs List2011-06-07For the second year in a row, Forbes put the master's degree in physician assistant studies at the top of its "Best Master's Degrees for Jobs" list. While a master's degree in PA studies is tied with a master's degree in computer science, the master's in PA studies gets top billing.
Mild TBI Pocket Guide App Now Available2011-06-09In 2008, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurring among soldiers deployed in Iraq is strongly associated with PTSD and physical health problems that emerge three to four months after service members return home.
AAPA And NMA Promote Health Equity2011-06-09 As America's population becomes increasingly diverse, health care
providers are recognizing the importance of connecting with those they
serve by developing culturally-informed, patient-centered approaches to
In Memoriam: Rural Health Care Advocate And PA Leader2011-06-14PA Ron L. Nelson, a champion of the PA profession and two-time AAPA president, who dedicated his life to making quality health care accessible to medically underserved communities in rural America, died Saturday, June 11, after a year-long struggle with Stage 4 colon cancer. He was 58.
In Memoriam: Creator Of Interservice And Nebraska PA Programs2011-05-13Jesse Edwards, a pioneering leader in PA education whose historic contributions led to the development of the profession in the state of Nebraska and the military's Interservice Physician Assistant Program, died May 10, 2011. He was 83.
First PA Killed in Iraq Honored At Fort Campbell2011-05-13Capt. Sean Grimes was honored in a ceremony at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, or BACH, at Fort Campbell, Ky., with the dedication of the Capt. Sean P. Grimes Physician Assistant Training Center. Friends, family and military colleagues attended the ceremony, which honored Grimes' service.
UAB Surgical PA Programs Students And Staff After Deadly Storm2011-05-12Deadly tornadoes swept through Alabama on April 27, reducing entire neighborhoods and towns to rubble and killing hundreds. University of Alabama at Birmingham-Surgical Physician Assistant Program staff and students began pitching in to help after weathering the miles-wide storm.
FDA Approves Meningitis Vaccine For Infants2011-05-11A vaccine that prevents a life-threatening form of meningitis is now approved by the FDA for use in children as young as 9 months.
HHS Inspector Finds Overmedicating At Nursing Homes2011-05-11The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, or OIG, found that thousands of elderly nursing home residents with dementia may have been overmedicated with strong anti-psychotic drugs that could harm them. According to the recently released report, almost 90 percent of 300,000 nursing home residents with dementia were medicated with these powerful drugs.
States Banning Bath Salts2011-05-10More states are banning a new designer drug called "bath salts." Laced with a powerful synthetic stimulant, public health officials say the drug is eliciting extreme adverse events among those using it to get high.
Senate Bill Seeks To Remove A Medicare Barrier For PAs2011-05-06A bill was introduced in the Senate this week to allow PAs to provide hospice services to Medicare beneficiaries. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, introduced S. 891, the Medicare Hospice Care Access Act, on May 5, 2011. Please contact your Senators as soon as possible and ask them to cosponsor this important legislation.
Challenge Bowl Bracket Announced2011-04-27The Student Academy recently released the bracket for the 21st Annual National Medical Challenge Bowl.
2011 HOD Resolutions Released2011-04-25The House of Delegates, AAPA's policy-making body, recently announced a list of 44 formal resolutions it will review during IMPACT 2011 in Las Vegas.
AAPA Weighs In On Team-Based Primary Care2011-04-25In response to a piece on "The Disappearing Family Doctor" penned by New York Times columnist Tara Parker-Pope, AAPA President Patrick Killeen shared some knowledge about team medicine with NYT readers. He explained that the proven model of family physicians and PAs, working together in a team-oriented practice, delivers high-quality, cost-effective patient care.
2011-2013 Commission And Work Group Chairs Announced2011-04-25This year, AAPA is launching a new volunteer leader governance structure of commissions and work groups, which will replace the previous committee and council structure that dates back to the late 1970s.
AAPA President's Letter To The Editor Of USA Today2011-04-21In a letter to the editor in USA TODAY, AAPA President Patrick Killeen urges a prevention-first approach to combat chronic life-long illness and potentially preventable chronic disease in children. The letter was in response to a Life section cover story, "Young Lives of Limitations" published on April 13.
Project Access Needs Volunteers!2011-04-19A majority of America's children will be minorities before the decade is out, a trend that could broaden the pool of underrepresented minority applicants interested in becoming PAs. The time is now for Project Access, a joint effort by AAPA and the Physician Assistant Education Association to inspire and motivate minority youth to pursue a career as a PA.
Ophthalmology Management Shows PAs Some Love2011-04-15Ophthalmology Management highlights the value of PAs in this practice setting in an article in the magazine's April 2011 issue.
The Results Are In2011-04-15Your
votes for AAPA's 2011 General Election have been counted and certified.
Here are the newest members of AAPA's Board of Directors, who will take
office June 10, 2011.
Got Student Loan Debt?2011-04-13No one wants to be stuck with upwards of $60,000 worth of student loans. But that's the situation many a PA student is in after they graduate. The National Health Service Corps, or NHSC, offers primary care providers financial support in the form of loan repayment or scholarships so they can practice in underserved areas of the country without the burden of educational debt.
AAPA Invited To Join Forces With White House2011-04-12AAPA is participating in a new White House initiative to support and honor America's service members and their families. Called "Joining Forces," the initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society, including the health care community, to ensure military families have the support they-need-and have earned.
BOD Candidates On PAs Filling Physician Shortage2011-04-08Here is this week's question for the candidates for the 2011 General Election of the AAPA Board of Directors. We encourage you to contact the candidates directly to pose your own questions, comments and opinions about the future of AAPA and your profession.
Military PAs: Leading By Example2011-04-07Capt. Andrew Fisher, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment senior physician assistant, is featured as the "Soldier of the Week" on the You Served blog. Fisher, who first enlisted in 1993, was a longtime Ranger medic.
Win a New iPad2 or Kindle from PAEA2011-04-04PA-Cs interested in winning a brand spanking new iPad2 or a Kindle need to make the time to take a PAEA survey on precepting between now and the end of April.
BOD Candidates on Diversity in PA Profession2011-03-31 Here is this week's question for the candidates for the 2011 General Election of the AAPA Board of Directors :How would you propose the Academy increase the diversity of membership, leadership and the profession?
BOD Candidates on Technology and Social Media in Medicine2011-03-28 Many of us use technology and social media on a regular basis in our personal lives. But how can PAs use it for health education and even treatment? That's this week's question for the candidates for the 2011 General Election of the AAPA Board of Directors.
AAPA Seeks Change In NGS Fracture Care Policy2011-03-26AAPA has recently fielded multiple calls from PAs having received Medicare denials for fracture care in states covered by National Government Services, or NGS, the Medicare contractor for Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky and New York. NGS reportedly has instituted a new computer edit, effective January 1, 2011, automatically denying claims for fracture care when provided by a PA.
BOD Candidates Give Opinions On AAPA Health Reform Priorities2011-03-21 It's time to find out where those who hope to be your AAPA leaders stand on the issues. Today is the second in a series of posts related to the 2011 General Election of the AAPA Board of Directors.
AAPA President's Response to the TODAY show2011-03-18On Thursday, March 17, 2011, NBC's "TODAY" show aired a segment during which Dr. Nancy Snyderman made inaccurate statements about PAs. Of particular concern was the statement that PAs could not prescribe.
PAs needed for Columbia University's TeenScreen National Registry2011-03-15About 20 percent of U.S. youth during their lifetime are affected by
some type of mental disorder to an extent that they have difficulty
functioning, according to a NIMH survey published in the October 2010
issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent
PA Appointed to National Psoriasis Foundation Board2011-03-14PA Sarah Kurts, of Denver, Colo., was recently appointed to the National
Psoriasis Foundation Board of Trustees in recognition of her longtime
service to the Psoriasis Foundation as a member and volunteer.
AAPA Census Open Through April 142011-03-14We have exciting and important news. In response to your requests to
complete the 2010 AAPA Census, we are officially re-opening the online
2010 Census for 5 weeks only. We received so many
requests from PAs to complete the census after the January 31 deadline
that we decided to re-open the survey portal through April 14, 2011.
2011 AAPA Election Polls Open2011-03-11Voting is now open! It's time to vote for your AAPA leaders! The slate includes candidates for president-elect and three director-at-large positions. Today is one in a series of posts related to the 2011 General Election of the AAPA Board of Directors.
PA-led Patient Safety Committee Earns National Award2011-03-10University of Michigan Health System Chief Physician Assistant Marc
J. Moote, M.S., P.A.-C., chairman of the hospital system's Venous
Thromboembolism Prevention Committee, will accept the DVTeamCare
Hospital Award on behalf of UMHS in April at the North American
thrombosis Forum's Annual Thrombosis Prevention Forum in Boston.
PA Inducted into the American College of Critical Care Medicine2011-03-10Byron Turkett, PA-C, MPAS, FCCM, was inducted as a Fellow of the
American College of Critical Care Medicine, or ACCM, at the College
Convocation/SCCM Awards Presentation in January in San Diego. ACCM is
part of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, or SCCM, and helps foster
the Society's mission by recognizing the highest achievements in
multiprofessional critical care.
A Patients's Eye View2011-03-10David Hollar's memoir "Mr NewHeart: From Heart Attack to Transplant and Beyond" was reviewed in PA Professional's July/August 2009 issue.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Names PA Director2011-03-05Denni J. Woodmansee, PA-C, was recently named Director of Physician Assistant Services for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The new full-time Senior Executive Service level position was established last year by congressional legislation.
2011 Cherry Blossom Run Needs Physician Assistants2011-03-04Did you know that PAs interested in doing the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and 5K Run/Walkcan bypass the race's highly competitive lottery system by becoming a medical volunteer? Yes, Cherry Blossom Run volunteers are guaranteed a spot in the following year's race. (Or you can give away your spot to a loved one or friend.)
Cawley Named Winner Of the Stead Award2011-03-01The AAPA Awards Committee recently selected James F. Cawley, MPH, PA-C, as the 2011 recipient of AAPA's Eugene A. Stead Jr. Award of Achievement. He is being recognized for the groundbreaking research he has done on PAs, which has advanced the PA profession and helped increase access to primary care through the use of PAs.
2011 PAragon Award Recipients Announced2011-03-01The AAPA Awards Committee recently announced the winners of the 2011 PAragon Awards. The awards are given to PAs who have distinguished themselves in service to patients, their community and the PA profession.
PAs Hit The Hill2011-02-18Over 200 PAs and students from across the country descended on Capitol Hill yesterday for the 2011 CORE Advocacy Day to get the word out to legislators about the profession.
IOM President Harvey Fineberg Speaks At AAPA BOD Meeting2011-02-18Institute of Medicine President Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD spoke to AAPA’s Board of Directors yesterday on the status of health care in the U.S. and his views on physician assistants as a solution to some of the challenges.
NHS Awards £350,000 For Study On PAs2011-02-07 The National Health Service awarded £350,000, or more than $500,000, to researchers to assess the contribution of PAs to health care delivery in the United Kingdom. The two-year study will look at how effective PAs are in the workplace, cost effectiveness as well as how they are viewed by patients, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals.
Q&A With A Second-Generation PA2011-02-07Second-generation PA Joseph P. Liebsack II is featured in a nice Q&A and video by theSavannah Morning News of Savannah, Ga. Along with schooling readers on the PA profession, he talks about how he came to be a second-generation PA, preceptoring and what he loves about his job.
A Message From AAPA's President: A Call To Action For COPD Screening2011-02-03AAPA President Patrick Killeen issued the following letter to encourage PAs to screen patients for COPD.
An Announcement From AAPA2011-01-26The AAPA Board of Directors has asked James Potter - Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations - to serve as interim Executive Vice President/CEO of the organization following Bill Leinweber's resignation.
Fox Business Features PAs2011-01-21The Fox Business website featured a story on how PAs play a pivital role in health care reform. Fox Business reporter Barbara Mannino's explained how PAs add efficiency to our nation's health-care system
FDA & CDC Issue Fluzone Vaccine Safety Alert2011-01-20The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently detected an increase in the number of reports to Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, of febrile seizures following vaccination with Fluzone (trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine or TIV, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.). Fluzone is the only influenza vaccine recommended for use for the 2010-2011 flu season in infants and children 6-23 months of age.
A Message From AAPA President Patrick Killeen:2011-01-19The American Academy of Physician Assistants on Jan. 19, 2011, issued the following statement from the president of the Academy
A PA On The Emotional Aspects Of Medical Practice2011-01-18PA Heather M. Hylton, a contributing blogger to the American Society of Clinical Oncology's ASCOconnection.org, recently posted an item on the emotional aspects of medical practice.
CF Foundation's New Web Resource For Parents Of CF-Positive Infants2011-01-18The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation today announced that it is offering a new Web resource for parents whose infants receive a positive newborn screen for CF. Although testing for CF should be a part of the Newborn Screening panel performed before an infant leaves the hospital, not all states require routine CF screening, reports the National Institutes of Health.
Haiti Earthquake: A PA Reflects A Year After2011-01-12A year ago, the strongest earthquake to hit Hispaniola in more than two centuries struck the side of the island that is the nation of Haiti. The 7.0-magnitude quake killed more than 200,000 people and displaced about 1.5 million. In the aftermath, international aid poured into Haiti, including medical teams from across the U.S. and other countries. PAs were among the first health care providers to arrive to help.
AAPA Responds To AMA Article On Hiring Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners2011-01-12Earlier this week, the American Medical Association's print and online news publication American Medical News published an article on "Bringing PAs and NPs on board: What to do if you're hiring." AAPA President Patrick Killeen issued a Letter to the Editor in response to the article.
WAPO Features PAs VS. NPs Piece In Special Career Section2011-01-12The Washington Post featured an article about PAs and NPs on Jan. 9, 2011, in a special career advice section. AAPA President Patrick Killeen was interviewed for the story, which describes the basics of each profession.
Study Linking Vaccine To Autism Bogus, BMJ Reports2011-01-07The British Medical Journal declares the first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism a fraud based on distorted information about the children involved.
First PA Takes Seat In Congress2011-01-06With the ceremonial swearing in of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, the PA profession saw the first PA take a seat in the People's House.
Most Memorable Health Stories Of 20102010-12-28WebMD recently released a list of the "Most Memorable Health Stories of 2010," which ranked the bedbug invasion as number one. The list is accompanied by an article reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD.
IOM Report Calls for More Preventive Serivces for Women2011-07-20 2011-07-20
The Institute of Medicine this week released a new report recommending eight preventive health services for women. These services will be added to the services that health plans will cover at no cost to patients under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). At the request of
PAs In IOM Oral Health Report2011-07-21Last week, the Institute of Medicine released a new report on oral health, "Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations." The report assesses the nation's oral health care system, explores its strengths and weaknesses and describes a vision for everyone in the country to have access to quality oral health care across the lifespan.
Haiti's Albert Schweitzer Hospital Needs PAs2011-07-19With the advent of the spring rainy season in Haiti, cholera cases are on the surge once again. Meanwhile, the medical director of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital (HAS) says international support is waning.
PAs Encourage Peers To Help Military Families2011-07-18AAPA firmly believes that meeting the health care needs of our nation's veterans and their families takes a team approach. The White House has called on AAPA and other health care leaders to participate in Joining Forces, a national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.
Joint Commission Seeks Comment From PAs In Pediatrics2011-07-15The Joint Commission is seeking input from the field on the proposed new Elements of Performance (EP) and revised EPs. Please review the proposed revisions, and then provide comments. The comment period ends August 18, 2011.
Medicare Increases Efforts To Fight Fraud With Predictive Modeling2011-06-23Unofficial estimates suggest that the Medicare program loses some $60 billion to fraud each year. A good portion of that loss can be attributed to counterfeit or medically unnecessary claims being submitted by individuals who know that Medicare will first pay claims before trying to determine if the claim is legitimate.
A Pay-For-Performance Dilemma2011-06-20Payment based on quality of care is pushing some clinicians to make difficult choices.
What Happens in Vegas...2011-06-15...ends up on YouTube. But don't worry, the videos we captured during IMPACT 2011 reflect the very best of the PA profession.
PA Featured In NIH LifeWorks Video2011-08-01The Health Museum in Houston has produced a video intended to encourage students to consider joining the PA profession. The video will be featured on the National Institutes of Health's LifeWorks website.
Oregon Governor Increases Patient Access To Care By Improving Physician Assistant Role2011-08-09Washington, DC – The American Academy of Physician Assistants welcomed the approval of the Physician Assistant Practice Modernization Act by Governor John Kitzhaber.
AAPA's Career Companion Wins National Award2011-08-16AAPA's Career ComPAnion manual was recently recognized by the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) for excellence in internal print communications in the "Brochures, Custom, and Special Publications" category.
Protecting Children From Acetaminophen Dosing Errors2011-08-11Acetaminophen is one of the most widely used pain reliever and fever control medication. There are currently 2 different preparations of acetaminophen liquid formulations (80 mg/0.8 mL, 160 mg/5 mL). Additionally, there are many different "store-brand" formulations of "fever-reducer" and "pain-reliever" products that contain acetaminophen.
PA's ChildBirth Center Featured On Public Radio Program2011-08-10Sacramento-based NPR station Capital Public Radio interviewed Rachel Stark Farrell, PA-C, LM, CPM, about the natural childbirth center she recently opened in Marysville, Calif. Farrell opened Baby Buddies Birth Center to provide expecting mothers in underserved communities with the opportunity to give birth naturally in a safe, supportive alternative to the typical hospital setting.
PAs Interested In Clinical Management Needed2011-08-09Are you a PA who has or will soon have a management, supervisory, or leadership role within your hospital, practice, or health care organization? If so, consider attending a dynamic two-day meeting sponsored by AAPA and Cleveland Clinic October 27-28.
I Double-Dog Dare Ya...2011-08-09If the quote in the headline sounds familiar, you too have watched "A Christmas Story" one time too many. Now that I have your attention, I triple-dog dare you to get your seasonal influenza vaccination early.
Medical Resident Hours Cut: What's In It For PAs2011-08-08August's PA Professional magazine looks at how the latest reduction in medical residents' hours may affect PA hospitalists. The new work limits for residents went into effect July 2011. Some hospitals have ramped up their efforts to hire and retain PAs in response to the work limits being placed on residents. PA Professional talked to PA directors at some of the largest hospital systems in the country about whether "less will be more" for PA hospitalists.
Alaska Graduates First Class of Physician Assistants2011-08-17The University of Alaska Anchorage will graduate its first class of PAs Thursday, Aug. 18. A cohort of 15 UAA physician assistant students-"Class 1"-will celebrate the completion of their studies at the event, which will be attended by family, friends and quite a few dignitaries, including U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-AK.
PA Earns SHM's Award for Excellence2011-08-16Ryan Genzink, MS, PA-C, became the first non-physician to receive a Society of Hospital Medicine's Award for Excellence in Hospital Medicine. This is the first year the award was given.
Oregon Governor Signs PA Modernization Act2011-08-05Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, an emergency physician, Thursday held a signing ceremony for Senate Bill 224, the Physician Assistant Practice Modernization Act. Surrounded by leaders and members of the Oregon Society of Physician Assistants (OSPA) and Oregon Medical Association (OMA), he signed the bill that makes major changes to PA regulation in the state.
Bill Introduced to Extend Medicaid EHR Benefit to PA providers in Underserved Communities2011-08-05The American Academy of Physician Assistants welcomed legislation to amend the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to extend electronic health record Medicaid incentive payments to all physician assistants who meet the act's criteria in serving Medicaid patients.
Two PA Programs Planned for Central Ohio2011-08-18The Ohio State University and Ohio Dominican University are looking to bring two more physician assistant programs to Ohio, which would bring to eight the number of PA programs in the Buckeye State. More importantly, according to an article in Columbus Business First, the two programs will be in Central Ohio, which is about 80 miles from the nearest PA program - Kettering College of Medical Arts in Dayton.
Nearly Half of Physicians work with PAs, NPs or CNMs2011-08-25In 2009, nearly half of office-based physicians - 49.1 percent - were in practices that used PAs, nurse practitioners or certified nurse midwives, reports the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Earlier this week, NCHS released the information on practice characteristics from the 2009 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.
Campbell University PA Program Welcomes Charter Class2011-08-23This week, Campbell University launched its Master of Physician Assistant Practice program. Classes officially began Monday, Aug. 22, with 34 students enrolled in the 28-month program. The charter class is being prepared to help shore up the nation's health care system.
August Advocacy Challenge: Way to Get Involved!2011-09-07 2011-09-07
Some 4000 advocacy communications were sent by PAs and PA students across the country during last month’s August Advocacy Challenge issued by AAPA President Robert Wooten. Thank you to all who participated! Don’t stop being an advocate just because August has ended – keep abreast of the latest ad
American College of Preventive Medicine Launches Adolescent Depression Tool2011-09-07 2011-09-07
The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) recently launched the Adolescent Depression Time Tool, one of three that focuses on adolescent health. The others include the Adolescent Wellness Exam Time Tool and the Adolescent Obesity Time Tool. Every year about two million adolescents (one in eve
Community Toolkit to End Health Care Disparities2011-09-07 2011-09-07
The National Partnership for Action (NPA) Toolkit for Community Action was recently posted to Office of Minority Health (OMH) website. The toolkit was produced by OMH to support community efforts in the goal of ending health disparities and promoting health equity. Through this toolkit, community me
Study Finds Lack of Primary Care Oversight in Opioid Management2011-09-07 2011-09-07
Although treatment guidelines recommend close oversight of patients receiving opioid analgesics for chronic non-cancer pain, a new study revealed that primary care physicians' adoption of opioid risk reduction strategies is limited, even in treatment of patients at increased risk of misuse. Resea
CMS Announces 2011 Electronic Prescribing (ERx) Incentive Program Final Rule2011-09-07 2011-09-07
CMS made several changes in the newly released final rule for the 2011 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program that will encourage more PAs, physicians, and other health care professionals to adopt this technology and give them the added flexibility to help them succeed. In particular, the ch
Is Your Practice Prepared For Version 5010?2011-09-07 2011-09-07
In preparation for transition ICD-9 to ICD-10 for medical diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding, practices must first implement standards for electronic health care transactions that will accommodate the ICD-10 codes. Unlike the current Version 4010/4010A1, Version 5010 accommodates the ICD-10 codes,
Medicare Contractor Audits Subsequent Hospital Visit Claims2011-09-07 2011-09-07
Trailblazer, the Medicare contractor for Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and the Indian Health Service, has posted the results of a recent medical review of the use of subsequent hospital visit codes. The primary focus of this review was to evaluate the documentation for subsequent hospital care
Pennsylvania Society of PAs Meets with State Hospital Association2011-09-07 2011-09-07
On August 30, Pennsylvania Society of PAs President Cathy Gillespie, PSPA Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Liaison Bob Lowry and PSPA Board Administrator Susan DeSantis, PA-C, met with HAP to discuss legislative agenda items of mutual interest: state legislative outlook, s
Massachusetts Holds Hearing on PAs and Fluoroscopy2011-09-07 2011-09-07
On Tuesday, September 6, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health held a hearing on new fluoroscopy regulations, which will authorize PAs to utilize fluoroscopy. Both AAPA and Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants submitted testimony supporting the regulatory changes and sugges
Medicare Steps Up Enforcement of Equal Visitation and Representation Rights in Hospitals2011-09-09 2011-09-09
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced new guidance to support enforcement of rules that protect hospital patients’ right to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay, including a visitor who is a same-sex domestic partner. These rules, finalized by the Centers for Med
Free Webinar for AAPA Members: “Selecting the Right Hardware for an EHR-based Practice”2011-09-09 2011-09-09
Choosing between desktops, laptops or tablets are just some of the choices you face when selecting hardware for your EHR-based practice. There are many questions one needs to answer, including the type of EHR software you have selected, the office network and the physical space available. Join us with o
FDA Mandates Warning on LABA-Containing Products2011-09-12 2011-09-12
Due to an increased risk of asthma-related death, FDA has mandated that all Long-Acting Beta Agonists (LABAs) and LABA-containing products carry a boxed warning. Dey Pharma, L.P. issued a “Dear health care professional” letter informing health care providers of important safety-related changes to th
PA Week Blog Party to Bring Profession Together Online2011-09-12 2011-09-12
PA Week Blog Party to Bring Profession Together Online
This year, the first PA Week Blog Party will feature PAs
from around the country who will write about the profession and the importance
of preventive medicine to help patients lead healthier lives. PAs will join in
the party on blogs, Face
PA Week Focusing on Prevention2011-09-13 2011-09-13
While the main goal of PA Week is to celebrate the profession, there is a special emphasis this year on the unique potential PAs have—no matter their specialty or the environment in which they practice—to educate their patients about ways to prevent chronic illness. Join the nationwide effort to advance
New Widget Available from CMS to Help with Planning for ICD-102011-09-13 2011-09-13
Do you need help with the transition to Version 5010 or planning for ICD-10? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created an interactive timeline widget that is now available on the CMS ICD-10 website. This user-friendly tool can help you and your organization: • Understand w
New Resource for Health IT Launched This Week2011-09-13 2011-09-13
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s new site, HealthIT.gov , is a useful resource in staying up to date on health IT topics like: • electronic health record (EHR) implementation
• meaningful use
• health IT education
For more inform
UCSF Publishes issue Brief on PAs in Community Clinics2011-09-14 2011-09-14
The University of California at San Francisco’s Center for the Health Professions has published an issue brief from The Health Workforce Tracking Collaborative on " Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Providing Primary Care in California Community Clinics." The brief presents a quali
Montana Academy Presents at Medical Society Roundtable2011-09-14 2011-09-14
Kally Wilson, PA-C, president of the Montana Academy of Physician Assistants , represented MAPA at a panel on “The Future of the Health Care Workforce” at the annual meeting of the Montana Medical Association . Representatives from MMA, MAPA, the Montana Hospital Association, a state senator and
California State Legislature Passes Bill to Close Loophole2011-09-14 2011-09-14
Legislation that repeals a provision that authorized the California Physician Assistant Committee to issue a PA license to applicants who had “completed a course of study in a medical school” has been passed by the legislature and is on its way to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature. The legisl
Testimony at Louisiana Board Hearing Available on You Tube2011-09-14 2011-09-14
As previously reported, the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners held a public hearing on August 29 on a proposed rule change that would, if adopted as drafted, require a physician to be in specific proximity to a PA when the PA performed listed procedures. The Louisiana Academy of Physician As
First PA Appointed to North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners2011-09-14 2011-09-14
Kate Larson, PA-C, has been appointed by North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple to the North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners. Senate Bill 2154 , which was signed into law this spring, called for the governor to appoint a PA to the state board of medical examiners. North Dakota was the last stat
AAPA and DAPA Meet with Delaware Officials2011-09-14 2011-09-14
AAPA state advocacy and outreach staff, Delaware Academy of Physician Assistants (DAPA) legislative leaders and DAPA’s lobbyists met with state policymakers Sept. 13 in Wilmington and Dover to discuss how the state can modernize its PA practice laws. In addition, Ann Davis, AAPA senior director of s
“Super Committee” Fights Deficit2011-09-14This week, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or “Super Committee,” met for the second time and held its first hearing to discuss the history of the nation’s debt and threats to the economy. The committee, established by the Budget Control Act of 2011, is comprised of six Republicans and six Democrats representing both the House and the Senate and is charged with reducing the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years.
President’s Deficit Reduction Plan Targets Medicare & Medicaid Cuts2011-09-22 2011-09-22
Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future: The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction was unveiled this week by the White House, projecting net savings of over $3 trillion over the next 10 years. The plan includes $248 billion in savings from Medicare and $ 72 billion
MedPAC Recommends SGR Repeal that Favors Primary Care2011-09-22 2011-09-22
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) unveiled its draft plan at a September 15 meeting to repeal the current system of Medicare reimbursement for Part B health professionals. If enacted, this plan would avert the 30 percent projected cut in Medicare reimbursement scheduled to take pla
A Five Year Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention National Initiative2011-09-22On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, CDC Director Thomas Frieden and CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, were part of the kickoff of the Million Hearts Campaign, a new effort to fight heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S., costing $444 billion annually in lost productivity and medical spending. The goal of the initiative is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the next five years.
STARs Set Discussion Topics for Future Conference Call Series2011-09-22 2011-09-22
State & Specialty Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs), (who are dozens of PAs across the country serving as the eyes and ears for the profession by detecting PA payment and coverage policy changes as they occur), recently completed a survey expressing their topics preferences for a series of upcomi
Key California Legislation Awaits Governor’s Signature2011-09-22 2011-09-22
SB 233 has been passed by the California State Assembly and awaits the signature of Governor Brown. The legislation makes a change to the law governing hospital emergency departments, clarifying the ability of PAs to provide “consults.” The legislation was supported by the California Academy of Phys
Michigan Governor Releases Health and Wellness Plan2011-09-22 2011-09-22
On September 14, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder released his blueprint to reform health care in Michigan. This bold proposal includes revising the Public Health Code and its accompanying regulations, which have not been formally overhauled for 30 years. A noteworthy quote from the text of the full plan
Continuing Resolution to Fund Federal Government to Mid-November2011-09-22 2011-09-22
In an effort to keep the government running during high-level debates on the current state of our economy, House Republicans introduced legislation that would fund the federal government through November 18. The 2011 fiscal year for the U.S. federal government ends on September 30 and the necessary leg
AAPA Leader Appointed to Game-changing State Group2011-09-26AAPA Board Member David Jackson, MPAS, RPA-C, second vice speaker of the Academy's House of Delegates, was recently named a member of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Workforce Flexibility and Change of Scope of Practice Work Group in New York.
AAPA Names New CEO2011-09-26 2011-09-26
The AAPA Board of Directors has selected Jennifer L. “Jenna” Dorn as the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer. She joins AAPA on October 31. With nearly 30 years of management experience, Dorn has led multi-billion dollar federal agencies, as well as start-ups and well-established nonprofit org
Join PAs on the Plaza2011-09-27 2011-09-27
AAPA, PAs and PA students are planning to kick off your PA Week 2011 celebrations on Thursday, Oct. 6, on NBC’s “Today” show in New York City!
Grab your white coats, scrubs and join us at Rockefeller Plaza to show the world and Today show anchors how PAs help patients lead healthier lives every day.
Contact Congress on Home Health2011-09-28We’re building momentum on the home health issue! All PAs are urged to contact Congress today and let them know you support allowing PAs to order home health for Medicare.
Medicaid Audits to Begin January 20122011-09-28The Department of Health and Human Services seeks to curb waste, fraud and abuse in State Medicaid programs.
Fruits and Veggies—Important for Your Health!2011-09-28Only 40 percent of Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables, a statistic the Healthy People 2020 program hopes to change.
AAPA Partners with National Eye Institute to Promote Eye Health2011-09-28AAPA has partnered with The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) of the National Eye Institute (NEI) to promote eye health, educate about eye diseases and conditions, and highlight the importance of comprehensive dilated eye examinations in adults.
Webinar: Health in the United States—A Review of the First Decade of the 21st Century2011-09-28On Thursday, October 6 health officials will present key findings from the Healthy People 2010 Final Review, an end-of-decade assessment of progress in achieving the Healthy People 2010 objectives and goals.
California Bill Clarifying PA Role in Consults Signed into Law2011-09-28Governor Jerry Brown signs legislation that clarifies that PAs may provide consults in the emergency department when practicing as members of specialist physician-PA teams.
PAs & APNs Join Forces in Congressional Briefing on Home Health Care2011-09-28AAPA joined the American Nurses Association, American College of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice this week to promote the need for Congress to enact legislation to allow PAs and APNs to order home health care for Medicare beneficiaries.
Senate Appropriations Committee Recognizes the Need to Train New PAs2011-09-28Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee approved funding for health care programs including Title VII grants to train and recruit health care professionals to serve as primary care providers in underserved areas.
HHS Awards $103 Million in Grants to Fight Chronic Disease2011-09-28Community Transformation Grants will help communities nationwide address the causes of chronic disease such as smoking, poor diet, inactivity, and prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Join the PA Week Blog Party2011-10-06 Take a few minutes to write about your own experiences related to prevention and helping patients lead healthier lives during PA Week. Make sure to share a link to your prevention-themed blog post with us on October 7 by posting a link to your post on Twitter and including the #PAWeek hashtag or posting a comment on AAPA's Facebook fan page wall with your link included. You can also send your link to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post it in our blog round-up.
How to Celebrate PA Week2011-10-04National PA Week is right around the corner (Oct. 6-12), and it’s easier than you think to participate.
USPSTF Opportunity for Public Comment - Screening for Coronary Heart Disease With Electrocardiography2011-10-04The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is inviting public comment on its draft recommendation statement on Screening for Coronary Heart Disease with Electrocardiography.
AAPA Advocates for Nebraska Hospital-Employed PAs2011-10-04AAPA submitted written comments urging Nebraska DHHS to adopt a policy of allowing hospital-employed PAs to bill separately for their professional services.
Deadline to Request eRx Program Hardship Exemption is Nov. 12011-10-04The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals, including physician assistants, that the deadline to request a hardship exemption for the 2012 Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program adjustment is November 1, 2011.
Webinar: “Becoming COPD Prepared--A Four STEP Approach” to include Gabriel Ortiz, PA-C2011-10-05A webinar entitled “Becoming COPD Prepared” will be offered by the COPD Alliance on Tuesday October 18, 2011.
PA Week is the Perfect Time for Advocacy2011-10-05Many members of Congress will be at home in the district for the long Columbus Day weekend — which just happens to be right in the middle of PA Week!
AM News Highlights Growth in PA Profession2011-10-05The American Medical Association’s AM News highlights the dramatic growth of the PA profession in all areas of medicine, citing the results of the 2010 AAPA Annual Census.
Special PA Week Message from President Robert Wooten2011-10-06AAPA President Robert Wooten invites PAs everywhere to show pride in the profession and join in the celebration of PA Week.
Blog Party Entry: PAs are Prevention Ambassadors2011-10-07Millions of Americans are living with the often debilitating effects of chronic illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. As a physician assistant who practices emergency medicine, I see far too many examples of this crisis every day. Thirty percent of patients I see actually belong in the emergency room, and their illnesses are often entirely avoidable. We have undervalued the critical role of prevention as we seek to make top quality care available in all communities. But as PAs, we are in the perfect position to lead a national movement that proactively addresses our communities' most critical health care needs.
Blog Party Entry: Run a Preventive Defense2011-10-07The relationship between genetics and health is profound and provides physician assistants and other health care professionals with insights into how best to provide preventive care to patients. I use predictive analysis to assess patients’ risk factors and family histories, while giving them the tools they need to develop healthy lifestyle habits or avoid habits that could trigger their genetic predisposition to a chronic disease.
New Link to Capitol Connection 2012 Registration Page2011-10-10Advocate for your Profession by attending Capitol Connection in 2012! AAPA is pleased to offer Capitol Connection 2012: PAs on Capitol Hill, March 25-27, 2012, in Alexandria, Va.
Yale PA Program's PA Week 5K Race Benefits Free Clinic2011-10-11When Yale PA Program students counsel patients on a healthier lifestyle, they don’t just hand out pamphlets or post fliers. They lace up their running shoes and pound the pavement, raising more than $2,000 for a local free clinic during National PA Week 2011. Read more from guest blogger Yale PA student Harrison Reed.
Blog Party Entry: Preventive Care Should Not Be a Luxury2011-10-11While studying to be a physician assistant, I learned the value of prevention. I realized that a 15-minute office visit is not nearly enough time for providers and patients to iron out a plan for good health but rather, a lasting relationship with a PA can make a tremendous difference in a patient’s life.
Contact Congress about EHR—Cosponsors Needed!2011-10-11All PAs are urged to contact their Representatives to ask for their support of HR 2729, the Health IT Modernization for Underserved Communities Act of 2011.
Attention PAs Caring for Stroke Patients!2011-10-11AAPA and The Joint Commission need your feedback on new standards.
OIG Looking into Incident-To Services2011-10-11The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has published its Work Plan for FY 2012, which includes a focus on Incident-to Services.
Iowa PAs Featured in News Articles2011-10-12Eastern Iowa news sources The Gazette and television station KCRG recently published news items highlighting the role of physician assistants in patient care in the state.
States Initiate Revisions to Mental Health Regulations2011-10-12Minnesota and Ohio have made plans to revise portions of their community mental health regulations to help implement certain aspects of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
State Senator John Astle Speaks at the UMES as Part of National PA Week2011-10-12The Princess Anne, Maryland community was invited to hear about real wartime experiences that sparked the creation of the physician assistant profession as part of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s National Physician Assistants’ week kickoff event.
Connecticut State Medical Society Endorses AMA’s Physician-PA Guidelines2011-10-12The Connecticut State Medical Society House of Delegates passed a resolution last week endorsing AMA's Guidelines for Physician-Physician Assistant Practice.
DC Board of Medicine Releases Physician-PA Workforce Study2011-10-12The District of Columbia Board of Medicine recently released “Where We Stand: An Analysis of the Physician and PA Workforce in the District of Columbia.”
Administrators in Medicine Holds Annual Eastern & Southern Regional Meeting2011-10-12Academy staff recently attended the Administrators in Medicine’s Annual Eastern and Southern Regional meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
Cover Story Highlights Benefit of PAs2011-10-12Kaye Kvam, MPAS, PA-C, and Steve Tanaka, M.D., are featured in the cover story of the Seattle edition of MD News.
Rural Health Bill, Containing Key PA Provisions, Introduced by Bipartisan Group of Senators2011-10-12S. 1680, the Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity (R-HoPE) Act of 2011, was introduced this week by Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and John Barrasso (R-WY).
Arkansas Governor Issues Proclamation for PA Week2011-10-12Governor Mike Beebe recognizes the impact of PAs as critical members of the healthcare team.
Round up of PA Week Coverage2011-10-12 2011-10-12
Many PAs and PA programs were featured in local news outlets and blogs during PA Week this year. Below is a sample of that coverage, but by no means a comprehensive list.
If you are aware of additional coverage of the profession during PA Week, be sure to post the link in the comment section below,
Engaging in a Meaningful Discussion on a PA Name Change2011-10-13Over the years, the issue surfaces of whether the PA profession’s name
should remain “physician assistant” or be changed. The name most
prominently put forward as an alternative is “physician associate.” That
issue is, once again, the subject of discussion among a number of PAs. The
Academy’s Board is sensitive to the desire of those promoting action to
move the issue forward. AAPA acknowledges the arguments on both sides
and recognizes the legitimacy of the issue.
South Carolina State Plan to Cover PAs for First Assisting at Surgery2011-10-17Effective January 1, 2012 The South Carolina State Health Insurance Plan, administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will cover PAs for first assisting at surgery.
PAs included in HRSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Recommendations2011-10-19The HRSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee proposes to count PAs (and APNs) for the first time in the provider-to-population ratio at .75 full-time equivalent to a physician.
Rep. Karen Bass Honors PAs Before U.S. House of Representatives2011-10-19U.S. Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) acknowledged National PA Week in remarks last week on the House floor.
Michigan Academy Welcomes State Senator to Fall CME2011-10-19The Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants capped off its annual Fall CME meeting with a keynote speech from State Senator Jim Marleau.
Michigan Academy, PA Programs Meet to Discuss PA Workforce2011-10-19Last week Michigan PA leaders met with representatives from the Michigan Health Council to discuss how the state is addressing future workforce shortages in underserved areas.
FDA Initiative on Preventing Surgical Fires2011-10-19The FDA and its partners have launched an initiative and website to increase awareness of factors that contribute to surgical fires.
NEW! Online Community of PAs Involved with Patient-Centered Medical Home!2011-10-25This new online group is open to AAPA members with interest or expertise in patient-centered medical home practices.
South Carolina PA Tapped for Advisory Committee2011-10-25PA Timothy Stuart has been invited by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a seat on the state’s Medical Care Advisory Committee.
Bill to Modernize PA Practice Act Introduced in Pennsylvania2011-10-26State Representative Curt Sonney has introduced legislation that would allow PAs to sign and approve physicals and would eliminate mandatory physician chart countersignatures.
Final ACO Rules Released2011-10-26DHHS has released the final rules setting forth the principles and requirements for healthcare professionals, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations to participate in ACOs.
AAPA Envisions Future of Primary Care with National Thought Leaders2011-10-26PA Jacqueline Barnett joined a group of national thought leaders convened by the Institute for Alternative Futures to explore possible outcomes for primary care in the U.S. by 2025
New Patient-Centered Data on Hypertension Medications Published2011-10-26The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research and the BMJ recently released results of patient-centered research on hypertension medications, including treatment of hypertension in pregnant women.
Advocacy Commission and Workgroup Members Hit the Hill2011-10-31Fifteen members of AAPA’s Advocacy and Government Affairs Commission and its three workgroups head to Capitol Hill for meetings with legislators and staff.
Medicare Authorizes PAs to Screen Patients for Alcohol Misuse and Depression2011-11-01New coverage policies include PAs as providers of new preventive services for Medicare beneficiaries.
CMS Offers National Provider Call on Transition to ICD-102011-11-01Without the proper ICD-10 code your claims won’t be paid.
Improving Physician-PA Team Practice in the USVI2011-11-02Funds from a DHHS award will be used to support expansion of the Barry University program into the United States Virgin Islands to help meet the healthcare and educational needs of the territory.
Physician Assistants Featured in St. Louis Beacon Article2011-11-02News article highlights PA practice and education in the Show-Me State, calls on lawmakers to improve laws to improve physician-PA team practice.
PAs Now Allowed to Certify Patients' Need for PPACA Pre-Existing Insurance Plan2011-11-02Enrolling in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan is easier and more affordable; Physician Assistants can provide letter documenting medical condition of applicants.
HHS Seeks Comments on Health Plan Provisions2011-11-02HHS wants Your help to develop Essential Health Care Benefit Plan.
Erskine Bowles Points to PAs During Deficit Reduction Hearing2011-11-03Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles points to increased use of primary care and PAs as a needed structural reform during deficit reduction hearing.
CMS Issues 2012 Medicare Fee Schedule Final Rule2011-11-03The Medicare fee schedule rule contains provisions impacting Medicare payment and coverage policies for PAs, physicians, and other health care professionals for calendar year 2012.
Deadline for E-Prescribing Hardship Request Extended to November 8, 20112011-11-03As a result of technical difficulties, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will allow access to the Communications Support Page until November 8, 2011.
CDC Issues Report on Opioids2011-11-04Enough opioid pain relievers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month. See the CDC’s recently released report on this epidemic.
Congressional Briefing Emphasizes the Need for More Minorities in Health Care2011-11-07Last week the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) held a briefing on Capitol Hill educating Congress and the public on the need to recruit and train more Hispanics in the field of medicine.
Improving Care for LGBT Patients2011-11-08Joint Commission publishes FREE Field Guide for hospitals.
PAs in NC May Now Complete Death Certificates2011-11-08New amendments to state law could help dminish delays in getting death certificates to a decedent's family.
AAPA and CDC Team Up to Improve Antibiotic Use2011-11-08November 15 marks the start of Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, a national campaign designed to educate the public, healthcare providers, hospital administrators, and policy makers about the importance of using antibiotics wisely.
AHRQ Publishes Primary Care Workforce Documents2011-11-08Study examines the proportion of PAs and NPs working in primary care.
HIPAA Audit Program Begins This Month2011-11-09The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) this month is launching a HIPAA audit program to ensure compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and Breach Notification Standards. The audits assessing privacy are required by the HITECH Act.
Nov. 15 Conference Call on Influenza Vaccination for Healthcare Personnel2011-11-09PAs are encouraged to join an upcoming call offered by CDC on recent coverage, recommendations, reporting, and resources for clinician education.
AAPA Represented at National Scope of Practice Forum2011-11-09Panelists discussed barriers preventing medical professionals, such as PAs, from practicing to the fullest extent of their training.
State Chapters Pave the Road to Excellence in PA Practice2011-11-10AAPA constituent organizations strive to improve the laws governing physician-PA teams in 2012 legislative sessions.
Michigan Governor Signs Senate Bill 3842011-11-10The new law is the result of a fourteen-month collaborative advocacy initiative spearheaded by the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants.
Hospitals Increasingly Turning To PAs2011-11-10The State (SC) /Akron Beacon Journal reports that hospitals across the U.S. are turning to PAs to meet healthcare needs.
Do you need to revalidate? CMS has made a list.2011-11-10CMS has posted a listing of providers who have been sent a request to revalidate their Medicare enrollment information.
Medicare Expands Coverage of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention2011-11-14CMS will cover one annual visit of Medicare beneficiaries for prevention of cardiovascular disease.
White House Announces $1 Billion Health Care Grants Opportunity2011-11-14The Health Care Innovation Challenge will award grants to applicants who will implement compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs.
Quit Smoking Tools2011-11-15PAs can offer their patients who smoke access to free resources during the annual Great American Smokeout.
Getting Up to Speed on COPD2011-11-15November is COPD Awareness Month. Are you ready? Read more about COPD education for health professional. AAPA is a member of the COPD Alliance.
Six Questions PAs Should Ask Patients Who Are Veterans2011-11-17The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program gives a great reference of six questions a health care professional should ask when assessing a patient who may be a veteran.
State Sen. Lowe Finney visits Bethel University PA Program2011-11-16Tennessee state Senator Finney discusses issues related to physician assistant training and their role in the healthcare delivery system.
Are You Texting Orders to the Hospital?2011-11-17The Joint Commission weighs in.
Medicare Information for PAs2011-11-18New booklet published
Texas Medicaid Requires Supervising Physician Information2011-11-18Effective December 19, PAs who seek enrollment must provide licensing information on their supervising physicians.
Pennsylvania Payer Announces Change in PA Reimbursement Policy2011-11-21PAs must enroll by December 15.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Changes Billing and Reimbursement Policies2011-11-21AAPA challenges BCBS-IL on policy changes, citing impact on access to care.
Everything You Need to Know About Aspartame2011-11-18 2011-11-18
AAPA and the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation have teamed up to release a new science-based patient brochure on the low-calorie sweetener aspartame. The brochure, Everything You Need to Know About Aspartame , explains the latest science on the sweetener and weight management, as
Data Shows Increasing Number of Patients Seen Exclusively by PAs2011-11-22The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognized
the growing importance of PAs to hospital outpatient departments in a recent data brief.
Predictions: Federal Funding for Healthcare Programs in 20122011-11-23This week the Super Committee announced it was unable to reach an agreement on how and where to find $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years.
CMS Retracts Requirement for Signature on Lab Requisition2011-11-28Documentation of medical necessity/signature on orders unchanged.
Pro-PA Bill Needs Your Support Now!2011-11-29House Approves Bill to Improve Federal Workers’ Access to Care Provided by PAs. But before it can become a law, the Senate must approve it. PAs are asked to contact their senators as soon as possible in support of the Federal Workers' Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act.
Medicare Covers Screening and Counseling for Obesity2011-11-30Decision adds a new preventive service for Medicare beneficiaries.
World AIDS Day: A Reminder to Keep Vigilant2011-12-01Thirty years ago, the effects of HIV first became public. On World AIDS Day, it seems an opportune time to consider just where we are with the disease. While the impact of HIV and AIDS is far more severe in many nations around the world, we need to remember it is far from solved within our own borders.
New! Guide for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program2011-12-02Simple overview helps eligible professionals understand the basics.
PAs Needed to Speak to Congress: Come to Capitol Connection 20122011-12-05Last week’s victory in the House of Representatives on access to care for federal employees was a direct result of the advocacy work PAs had done.
PA's Inspiring Story Featured in Real Simple Magazine2011-12-05At age 31, PA Alyssa Phillips thought she had it all. She had a great job, had recently run the fastest half-marathon of her life and was newly married. She was planing for a family of her own when she was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive type of cervical cancer.
CMS Seeks Input on Quality Measures2011-12-05The Government wants your input on healthcare quality.
Louisiana to Reimburse Rural Health Providers for Fluoride Application2011-12-06Effective December 1, PAs in Louisiana Rural Health Clinics may be reimbursed under the state Medicaid program for the application of fluoride varnish.
Vermont PA Describes Role of the Profession in Implementing EHRs2011-12-08PA Peter Igneri describes why PAs are ideally equipped to help practices integrate EHR systems into their hospital or practice.
Tennessee PA Jim Montag Donates Defibrillators and More to Jonesborough Safety Officers2011-12-06Thanks to Jim’s generosity, his local police and fire department may use these life-saving devices while serving the community.
Kansas Secretary of State Publishes Proposed Rule Change2011-12-07Once the regulatory process is completed, new rules will require physician signature on all PA charts for the first three months that the PA is in a new practice setting, but repeals the chart co-signature requirement past the 3-month mark.
Maryland “Health Care 2020” Plan to Increase Primary Care Workforce2011-12-07An independent advisory board under the administration of the Maryland Department of Labor released detailed plans to increase Maryland’s primary care workforce by as much as 25 percent before 2020.
PAs Encouraged to Report Adverse Pradaxa Events2011-12-09A recently released FDA MedWatch addressed post-market reports of serious bleeding events in patients taking Pradaxa.
New CDC Regimen Will Make Treatment of Latent TB Easier2011-12-12Clinical trial finds 12 doses of once-weekly anti-TB drug regimen as effective as previous nine-month daily therapy.
E-Prescribing Penalties Begin in January 20122011-12-13What it means for PAs who did not report.
Advocacy Alert: Improve Federal Workers’ Access to Care Provided by PAs2011-12-13Contact the Senate today.
NIH Panel Advocates for Active Surveillance in Patients with Low-Grade Prostate Cancer2011-12-14Men with localized, low-risk prostate cancer should be closely monitored until disease progression warrants treatment, concludes an independent panel of the National Institutes of Health.
Many Young Children Overdosing on Medicines at Home2011-12-16New educational program reminds parents to keep medication “Up and Away and Out of Sight.”
Palmetto Agrees PAs Can Treat New Patients2011-12-14Palmetto Acknowledges PAs Ability to Treat New Patients.
PA Going On Holiday Medical Mission to Thailand2011-12-14PA Brad Robertson, David Sperow, DMD, are among the medical volunteers who will travel 8,800 miles to Thailand to provide healthcare to children displaced or left orphaned by conflict in Karen State, Burma.
CDC Report from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey2011-12-15Report highlights alarming data and need for screening by health providers.
The Joint Commission Warns Against Health Worker Fatigue2011-12-15Press release notes well-documented link between healthcare worker fatigue and adverse events.
Nation's First Surgical Residency Program for PAs Turns 40!2011-12-15The nation’s first surgical residency program for PAs – the Montefiore Surgical Physician Assistant Program – recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Montefiore Medical Center was the first institution in the nation to conceptualize and implement a residency program for PAs in surgery.
House Approves FY 2012 Federal Spending Bill2011-12-16Today, the House passed the 2012 Appropriations bill, and the Senate is expected to pass it by the weekend. What does the bill mean to PAs?
Mississippi Academy Makes 2012 Advocacy Plans2011-12-19Mississippi Academy takes steps to upgrade its advocacy program.
ADVOCACY ALERT: Has Your Senator Heard from You on Hospice Lately?2011-12-19Take Action! Contact your Senators and remind them to cosponsor S. 891, the Medicare Hospice Care Access Act.
HHS Issues Guidelines for Essential Benefits Package2011-12-20PAs, state chapters, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to offer their comments on this important aspect of healthcare reform.
Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease2011-12-21Opportunity for PAs to provide feedback on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft plan.
Louisiana Medical Board Responds to Organized Opposition to Restrictive Rules2011-12-21AAPA and the Louisiana Academy of PAs urge all Louisiana physician-PA teams to send letters of support for rule changes.
Save the Date: Virginia Academy of PAs Lobby Day is January 17!2011-12-21Please RSVP by January 3 to participate in this most important and exciting advocacy event.
Medicare Payments in Limbo2011-12-21Congressional impasse endangers Medicare fix and causes CMS to place temporary hold on provider payments
Congress Completes Action on Federal Spending for 20122011-12-21President expected to sign funding bill into law by the end of the week.
Examples for Advocacy Efforts Needed!2011-12-22Do you have a story to tell?
PA Foundation Establishs New Award for Preventive Medicine2011-12-22The PA Foundation recently established the AAPA Prevention Ambassador Award with the help of a grant from Pharmavite.
Medicare Provider Payments Avoid Cuts for Another Two Months2011-12-23Speaker of the House brokers deal to prevent significant payment cuts to Medicare providers.
Medicare Pay Cut Averted, but Slow Congressional Action to Delay Payments2011-12-28Congressional action averts drastic Medicare cuts, but causes payment delays
Change in Joint Commission Medical Staff Standards Affects PAs2011-02-102011-02-10 Change in Joint Commission Medical Staff Standards Affects PAs New Joint Commission standards will change the credentialing and privileging process for PAs and APRNs, according to the new Joint Commission Standards BoosterPakTM, released in January. Previous Joint Commission standards allowed PAs an
2011 Marked Start of New Era in PA State Advocacy2011-12-29Lawmakers and policy analysts in states across the country sought to improve access, promote cost-effectiveness and assure quality in their healthcare workforce in 2011. PA state societies and AAPA’s state advocacy staff teamed up to promote the PA profession as a key solution to state health concerns, with momentous results.
Amid Gridlock in 2011, Access to Federal Workers Comp Cases Advanced2011-12-29In a year characterized by polarizing congressional gridlock, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by unanimous consent HR 2465, a bill allowing PAs to diagnose and treat federal workers with traumatic injury, as sponsored by Reps. John Kline (R-MN), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and George Miller (D-CA).
Academy Achieves Series of Reimbursement Victories in 20112011-12-29Your AAPA reimbursement advocacy team and leaders were successful this past year in advancing a series of payments policies on behalf of the PA profession.
Medicaid Enrollment for PAs in Connecticut2011-12-30The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) will enroll PAs as providers in the CT Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Program beginning Jan. 1, 2012, after many years of hard work by the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants.
National Diabetes Prevention Program Launched2012-01-04PAs can include information from this new resource in their prevention initiatives.
PAragon Awards Deadline Jan. 15 - Nominate a PA Now!2012-01-04 2012-01-04
Do you know an exceptional PA who should be recognized for his or her work with patients? Or a PA who should be honored for advancing the PA profession or team medicine? The AAPA Awards Work Group is accepting applications for the PAragon Awards, which recognizes Academy members who have gone above and
Medicare’s 2012 Surgical Assist Exclusion List Now Available2012-01-04Payment exclusion applies to all PA, MD and NP first assistants.
10 Public Health Winnable Battles2012-01-05CDC targets public health priorities with a large-scale impact.
New Year’s Resolution – Quit Smoking!2012-01-09Online guide can be used by both providers and patients.
Women’s Health Update2012-01-10Helping adolescent females understand their risks for STDs
PAs Wanted to Take Workplace Diversity Survey2012-01-09PAs needed to take online survey to help researchers better understand how, and if, race impacts you as a PA in the workplace.
Helping Patients Be Smart and Be Safe with Medications2012-01-10Guide gives PAs a new resource to help patients avoid potential drug interactions and side effects.
Department of Health and Human Services Health Video Challenge2012-01-10Award money for videos showing how health technology improves health
Kentucky Academy of PAs Summit is Jan. 23 and 242012-01-11Do you want to help make positive change to improve the PA practice environment in the Bluegrass State? Need additional CME credit? If so, there’s still time to register!
PAs Included in HRSA Committee Recommendations2012-01-11For the first time, HRSA is recommending that PAs be counted in the designation process for medically underserved areas as .75 full-time equivalents to a physician.
PA Student Writers Wanted2012-01-11PA Professional, AAPA's membership magazine, is looking for PA students to write articles for the publication's student section.
Collaborate for Healthy Weight2012-01-13Recruiting healthcare teams with innovative ideas to reverse the obesity epidemic in America.
Deadline Near for DC Loan Repayment Program2012-01-18Physician assistants are eligible and are encouraged to apply for loan repayment in this cycle. Preference is given to primary care providers.
AAPA Comments on Amended Rules in Louisiana2012-01-18Physician-PA teams in the Pelican State are encouraged to submit letters to the board supporting December revision to proposed rules.
Still Time to Register for Kentucky Academy’s Summit2012-01-18Participants will lobby for updates on key aspects of physician-PA team practice, including controlled medication prescriptive authority.
Save the Date: Tennessee Academy of PAs Day on the Hill2012-01-18Please join TAPA leadership and your fellow PA colleagues to make your voices heard at Legislative Plaza on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.
OIG Launches Series of Fraud Prevention Training Videos2012-01-18Use these resources to protect your practice from fraud allegations.
National Center for HIV/AIDs Releases Atlas on Surveillance Data2012-01-17 2012-01-17
by Marie-Michèle Léger , MPH, PA-C, AAPA senior director of clinical and health affairs The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) has released its Atlas . The new interactive platform allows users to cr
OIG Launches Series of Fraud Prevention Training Videos(2)2012-01-17 2012-01-17 by Michael Powe , AAPA vice president of reimbursement and professional advocacy The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services has released the seventh of 11 videos and audio podcasts as part of the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT
Binge Drinking: a Dangerous and Costly Public Health Problem2012-01-19New report highlights that binge drinking is a bigger problem than previously thought
CMS to Host National Call on 5010 Transaction Standards January 252012-01-19CMS Offers Guidance on Electronic Claim Reporting Standards — pre-registration is required.
Teens and Smoking2012-01-20Text messaging to get teens to stop smoking
HHS: No Co-Pays for Preventive Services for Women2012-01-20HHS announced that most healthcare plans will be required to cover birth control without charging co-pays or deductibles starting Aug. 1, 2012.
It's Still Not Too Late to Recommend the Influenza Vaccine2012-01-23An increase in flu-related illness is expected; both providers and patients need protection.
New Student Loan Repayment Opportunity with the IHS2012-01-24PAs are encouraged to apply for this loan repayment program with the Indian Health Service, which will pay up to $20,000 towards school loans for a minimum of two years at an IHS clinic.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in U.S. Military Women2012-01-24With more women being exposed to combat, more women suffer from PTSD.
Successful Hearings on PA Rule Changes in Kansas, Louisiana2012-01-25AAPA works with state chapters to affect positive changes in regulations governing PA practice.
PA Leader to Tweet About Health Disparities2012-01-25 2012-01-25
PA Jim Anderson, aka (@EquityPA) on Twitter, will be a guest on the "Health Communication, Health Literacy and Social Sciences Tweetchat" Thursday, Jan. 26. Search hashtag #hchlitss on Twitter to view the chat and weigh in. Tune in at 8pm Eastern Time to see Jim's answers to questions about health
Hospice Bill Introduced in the House2012-01-26Contact Representatives TODAY!
February is Heart Disease Awareness Month2012-01-30Friday, February 3, 2012 is National Wear Red Day—wear red to show support for women’s heart disease awareness.
Possibility of Mixed Drugs from Novartis Consumer Health Inc.2012-01-30Healthcare professionals are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of certain products.
Healthy People 2020: Leading Health Indicators2012-02-01Access to healthcare needs improvement to meet national goals.
Scientific Director, United States Preventive Services Task Force2012-01-31Want to play a role in shaping U.S. health care?
Physician Assistant Workforce Task Force Report Available2012-01-31AAPA and PAEA jointly developed 16 recommendations to promote the growth of the PA workforce.
Delaware PAs and Healthcare Stakeholders Discuss Improving PA Practice Act2012-02-01Delaware Academy of PAs solicits feedback about modernizing PA supervision and ratio requirements.
PAs and PA Students Advocate for Improvements to Practice Laws in KY and VA2012-02-01PA state and specialty organizations across the country are hosting advocacy days at their respective state capitols.
AAPA, PSPA and SDPA Comment on Pennsylvania Draft Regulations2012-02-02PA organizations oppose proposed direct physician oversight of many medical devices, including lasers.
Caring for Communities Grant Will Support Second Harvest of Toronto2012-02-02The Caring for Communities grant will be awarded to Second Harvest of Toronto, Ontario this year.
Wisconsin PAs Meet Legislators in Madison2012-02-03PA Day at the Capitol garners additional co-sponsors for a key bill.
Efforts to License PA Practice in Puerto Rico Continue2012-02-06Territory stands alone in not licensing PAs.
2012 E-prescribing Penalty2012-02-06Failure to e-prescribe results in 1% Medicare payment reduction.
From the President - Making a Commitment to Military Families2012-02-06AAPA President Robert Wooten calls on PAs to educate themselves about PTSD, TBI and depression so they are prepared to provide military families with the health care they need. AAPA, Veterans Caucus and PAEA leaders were among those invited to a January 2012 roundtable discussion on military families and wellness at the White House.
AAPA Submits Comments on Essential Health Benefits2012-02-07Academy urges full inclusion of physician assistants in healthcare reform.
FDA Expands Use of Prevnar 13 Vaccine for Adults Aged 50 and Older2012-02-07Vaccine approved through accelerated pathway to prevent pneumonia and invasive disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae.
PAs Can Provide Medicare Preventive Services2012-02-08New updates and guidelines published
Five New Hospice Cosponsors On Board; Many More Needed2012-02-08Tell your Representative of the critical importance of PAs in hospice medicine and ask them to cosponsor HR 3831 TODAY!
Ed Hall, PA-C, Elected to Chair Alaska State Medical Board2012-02-08PAs are increasingly participating in medical regulation. For the second time, a PA is elected to chair a state medical board.
NJ Supreme Court Rules PAs Cannot Perform EMG Tests2012-02-08On Jan. 19, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an opinion declaring that PAs cannot perform EMG tests in the state.
Too Much Sodium2012-02-09PAs need to know where salt is hiding.
2012 Immunization Schedule2012-02-10ACIP releases new recommendations for immunization of adults.
AAPA Appoints Florida PA to ENT Guidelines Panel2012-02-13Ear tubes or not ear tubes? PA working with physicians to develop new guidelines.
CDC Health Alert on Antiviral Flu Drugs2012-02-13Recommendations for influenza antiviral medications remain unchanged.
PAs Provide a Critical Healthcare Function2012-02-14PAs provide care in rural areas and small hospitals where there are fewer physicians.
Iowa Physician Assistant Society Holds Successful Lobby Day2012-02-14Iowa PAs and PA students convene at the state capitol to advocate for key legislation.
New! 2012 E-prescribing Incentive Program Resources from CMS2012-02-15Are you participating? Avoid penalties in 2012.
Budget Includes PA Training Increases, Other Healthcare Cuts2012-02-15For the first time, PA Training for primary care was given a $12 million set-aside in the President’s budget.
Medicare Provider Payment 'Fix' Comes With a Price Tag2012-02-15Prevention Health Fund tapped to prevent provider payment cuts.
HHS Announces Delay of ICD-102012-02-16New compliance date to be determined.
CDC to Host Webinar on Flu Drug Recommendations2012-02-17PAs can get the up-to-date information they need on antivirals for influenza through the Clinician Outreach Communication Activity call/webinar.
Medicare Covers Intensive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) for Obesity2012-02-21PAs included as covered providers of IBT services.
Call In to Learn About New Medicare Payment Programs2012-02-23Learn how PAs and other health professionals can participate in accountable care organizations.
Iowa PA Society Sees Success in Legislature this Session2012-02-23Multiple PA bills make progress through the legislative process.
Younger Women and Higher Heart Attack Death Rates2012-02-23New information on age and sex difference in MI.
Indiana Regulators Seek Reforms to PA Law2012-02-29As the PA profession evolves to meet patient care needs, laws and regulations governing PA practice must also change.
Pennsylvania Legislation Voted Out of House Professional Licensure Committee2012-02-29The Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants steps closer to its goal of having physician and PA teams decide chart co-signature policy at the practice or facility level.
PAs Reaching Out To Veterans and The Military Community2012-02-29Ways that PAs can become a part of the community to help veterans and military families.
National Call-In to Congress Day, March 27, 20122012-03-21Mark your calendars!
FDA Approves First Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine2012-03-06FluMist Quadrivalent is the first influenza vaccine to contain two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains.
Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans and Families2012-03-06Free CME on PTSD, TBI and the needs of military families.
White House Highlights State Benefits of PPACA2012-03-07New resources show the impact of health reform law.
Colorado Academy Holds Legislative Boot Camp2012-03-07PA leaders and students learn how to become advocates for the profession and for patients.
VA Medical Board Clarifies Issue of DNR Orders2012-03-07Guidance document concludes PAs have statutory and regulatory authority to write DNR orders.
Congress on Recess Next Week2012-03-07Connect in the District!
Attention PAs: Register Now for the Current Issues in Immunization NetConference2012-03-09Presentation to provide clinicians with the most up-to-date information on immunization.
Estrogen-Only Therapy May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk2012-03-12New findings for women who have had a hysterectomy.
Surgeon General Releases New Report on Youth Smoking2012-03-13Nearly 90 percent of smokers try their first cigarette by age 18.
Virginia Ratio and Fluoroscopy Bill Signed by Governor2012-03-14Improvements to PA practice to take effect July 1.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Cervical Cancer Final Recommendation Statement2012-03-15The USPSTF has recently released its final recommendation for cervical cancer screening.
Iowa Bill Allowing PAs to Sign End-of-Life Preference Forms Signed by Governor2012-03-16Iowa patients will have more say in end-of-life healthcare decisions, thanks to a bill recently signed by Governor Branstad.
Oregon Medical Board Forced to Remove Fee for Supervising Physicians2012-03-16Legislature overrides medical board fee decision.
Key Hawaii Legislation Passes Senate2012-03-16Legislation regarding PA orders clears key hurdle.
Chlamydia Screening Rates Low in Young Women2012-03-19CDC estimates that annual screening guidelines for chlamydia are not being met.
AAPA Urges PCORI to Evaluate PA Practice and the Value of the Physician-PA Team2012-03-19AAPA President Robert Wooten praises PCORI but also recommends that PAs be included in comparative effectiveness research.
DEA Announces Registration Fee Increase2012-03-20For PAs the increase is estimated to be $5 per month over the three-year registration period.
Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism2012-03-20DVT/PE Awareness Video and other tools available.
Healthy People 2020: Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Leading Health Indicators (LHI)2012-03-22Despite major advances in medical care, critical threats to maternal, infant, and child health still exist in the U.S.
Healthcare Reform Law Helps 1.3 Million Minority Young Adults Obtain Health Insurance2012-03-22The department of Health and Human Services recently released an issue brief which highlights the benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act.
Risks of Deep-Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism in Cancer Patients2012-03-23Survey shows that providers are not educating cancer patients of their increased risks for DVT and PE.
Post-Concussion Headaches in Army Soldiers2012-03-27Study finds that daily headaches are common in soldiers who experienced a concussion.
Massachusetts Association of PAs Holds Advocacy Day2012-03-28PA and PA student advocacy efforts featured in local news.
PAs Make Huge Impact on Capitol Hill2012-03-28Cosponsors secured and Congressional relationships strengthened during Capitol Connection.
Iowa Governor Signs Ratio Improvement and Respiratory Care Bills into Law2012-04-04Ratio bill increases the number of PAs an Iowa physician may supervise from two to five.
Educators Open Diabetes Management Credential to PAs2012-03-29For the first time, the Board Certified – Advanced Diabetes Management credential from the American Association of Diabetes Educators is open to PAs. Learn more about this timely opportunity.
The National Medication Errors Reporting Program2012-03-30National alert issued for potential medication safety issue with Exparel.
AHRQ Releases Community Care Coordination Guide2012-04-03Guide offers tools and resources to develop a community hub for coordination of healthcare services.
New CDC Estimates of Autism Spectrum Disorder2012-04-03Findings confirm that prevalence estimates of ASD continue to increase.
Pennsylvania House Passes Improvement to PA Practice Act2012-04-05The Keystone state moves closer to adding another of the Six Key Elements of a Modern PA Practice Act.
Florida Academy Invited to Serve on Scope of Practice Task Force2012-04-05Florida Medical Association seeks input on scope issues.
Real-Life Examples Needed for Advocacy Efforts!2012-04-10Do you have a story to tell?
VA Seeks to Eliminate Copayment for In-Home Video Telehealth Care2012-04-11Copayment exemption would cover any providers who provide the service, including PAs.
IHS Announces Availability of Scholarships2012-04-11Funds awarded to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to enter the health professions.
Recognizing Need, Value of PAs in Primary Care in Wisconsin
b y Elizabeth Roe, AAPA director of state advocacy and outreach
Citing a serious shortage of primary care physicians in the state, four physician educators from the University of Wisconsin medical school explained the tremendous value of physician assistants on the healthcare team.
Florida PAs Celebrate Two Legislative Wins2012-04-11Bill passage means improvement in practice environment for PAs in the state.
West Virginia Governor Signs Bill to Add a PA to Board of Osteopathic Medicine2012-04-12State medical boards have found that they benefit from PA board members, who can use their professional experience as members of physician directed teams to better regulate the PA profession.
HHS Announces Another Delay In ICD-10 Billing Rules2012-04-11This HHS billing reprieve may be your last.
Nebraska Legislature Approves Bill Allowing PAs to Order Respiratory Care2012-04-13Thanks to a unanimous vote in the unicameral Nebraska Legislature, PAs will now be able to order respiratory care in the Cornhusker State.
Health Sisters Hospital Responds to Outcry over Inaccurate Article2012-04-13Article’s errors to be publicly corrected and new article about PAs to be written.
TN Legislation Exempts PAs from Subpoena to Trial in Civil Actions2012-04-16Without this exemption, many clinics, particularly in rural areas would have to shut down.
Leading Health Indicators Webinar on Mental Health2012-04-16PAs can register for the Healthy People 2020 webinar taking place on April 26, 2012 at 12 noon eastern.
Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on LGBT Health: Transgender Health Webinar2012-04-17Webinar will introduce Healthy People 2020’s new LGBT topic area.
AAPA Election 2012 Your Vote Your Voice2012-04-17 2012-04-17
There are just two weeks left to vote!
Cast a ballot for YOUR Academy leaders: 1 president-elect, 1 secretary-treasurer and 2 directors-at-large.
Learn about the candidates .
This is your chance to shape the future of your organization and ultimately your profession. Let your voic
New Hospice Cosponsors On Board2012-04-18Many more needed!
Iowa Legislators Approve Mental Health Modernization Bill2012-04-19PAs supervised by psychiatrists have been added to the definition of mental health professional.
Michigan PA Leaders Hold Annual Meeting with Physicians2012-04-19Annual meeting is the result of a consensus statement on improving team practice.
HBO to Air The Weight of the Nation Film on May 14, 20122012-04-23PAs are encouraged to sign up for the Take Action/Host a Screening opportunity and show the film in their workplace.
Make an IMPACT with PA PAC!2012-04-24Donate today! VIPs will receive an invitation to an exclusive, can’t miss event in Toronto.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Establishes New Physician Assistant Network2012-04-24PAs may credential with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and contract directly with the company.
Final Rule: DOT National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners2012-04-25After years of preparation, DOT announces rule for registry of certified medical examiners.
Seeking PA Candidate to Work on Clinician Performance Measures2012-04-26AAPA is seeking a candidate with an interest in working with a national organization focused on improving patient safety, healthcare quality and value in all practice settings.
Comment Period Open for Medicare Proposed Rule on Hospital Payments2012-04-26Medicare proposed payment rule would promote improved inpatient care.
Kansas Finalizes Rules to Amend Co-Signature Requirements2012-05-01Physicians will no longer have to countersign 100% of PA charts in the Sunflower State.
MN Approves Mental Health Budget; Includes PAs2012-05-01Governor Dayton has signed a bill which will approve payment to PAs providing psychiatric care in the inpatient setting, as well as convene a workgroup to explore expanding this provision to the outpatient setting.
2012 General Election Results2012-05-01Results of the 2012 AAPA Board of Directors General Election have been announced.
Key Contacts Sought2012-05-02AAPA is seeking Key Contacts for certain federal legislators. Who do you know?
Continuing the Discussion on Changing the Title of the PA Profession2012-05-03Nearly 15,000 PAs answered questions about changing the professional title of physician assistant to another term. The results of that survey are posted.
Office of Healthcare Quality Seeks Comments2012-05-03PAs are encouraged to provide written comments on the draft National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination.
DC Health Professional Loan Repayment Program - New Application Cycle Opens June 1, 20122012-05-03PAs working in the District of Columbia encouraged to apply.
AHRQ Seeks Comments on Proposed Children’s Healthcare Project2012-05-08Proposed project would develop a template for collecting information on children’s healthcare quality measures.
PAs Front and Center at Federation Meeting2012-05-09The Federation of State Medical Boards recently held its Centennial Conference. President-Elect Jim Delaney and senior staff represented AAPA and PAs were included in key initiatives.
CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Increase Medicaid Payments2012-05-09AAPA wants PAs fully included in increased Medicaid payments.
Medical News Inc. Touts Physician-PA Model2012-05-09The Medical News Inc. newspaper chain featured a front-page article and sidebar on the physician-PA team medicine model. AAPA staff were extensively quoted through out both stories.
USPSTF Releases Final Recommendation on Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer2012-05-10Agency concludes that fair-skinned persons ages 10 to 24 should be urged by their healthcare providers to minimize exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
How PAs Can Support Military Veterans2012-05-10Volunteers needed for the Wheelchair Games.
Occupational Medicine PAs Supporting U.S. Military Troops2012-05-10Serving those who serve us.
May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month2012-05-10First ever Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19
New Guidance on Pneumococcal Disease2012-05-11What can you do to increase your adult patient immunization rate?
CMS Clarifies PA Membership on Hospital Medical Staff2012-05-14The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday released final hospital regulations that promise regulatory relief and cost savings for hospitals, but the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) believes CMS can do more to remove barriers to effective physician-PA teams in hospitals. AAPA is pleased that the revised regulations emphasize the ability of medical staffs and governing boards to appoint physician assistants and other practitioners as medical staff members.
Lupus Awareness2012-05-15Resources for PAs from the Lupus Foundation of America
New Labor Department Health Careeers Portal Includes PAs2012-05-16AAPA is among the groups that had input on the U.S. Department of Labor on a new online portal for to assist new entrants and un- and under-employed persons transition into high paying, high growth healthcare careers.
New Labor Department Website Promotes PAs2012-05-16AAPA is among the groups that had input on the U.S. Department of Labor’s new online portal to assist new entrants and un- and under-employed persons transition into high paying, high growth healthcare careers.
Join the IMPACT 2012 Tweetup in Toronto!2012-05-17 2012-05-17
By Patrick Dunne, AAPA senior manager of communications
AAPA’s Annual PA Conference offers a wealth of networking opportunities along with first-class educational programs – and it is no secret that people rely on social networks like Twitter and Facebook professionally as much as personally.
PA Students - Submit an Article or Photos to First Rounds!2012-05-21PA Professional seeks articles for the fall issue of First Rounds, the magazine’s student section.
HRSA Call for Reviewers2012-05-21PAs with expertise in specific areas of healthcare are encouraged to apply to serve as grant reviewers.
New Guidelines for Hepatitis C screening2012-05-21CDC releases draft of new guidelines.
AAPA Comments on FDA Initiative2012-05-21The Academy weighs in on the safe use of over-the-counter drugs.
Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans and Football Players2012-05-21New research leads to new understanding.
Opportunity for Public Comment2012-05-21PAs in pediatrics are encouraged to submit comments on childhood immunizations.
USPSTF Recommends Against Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Screening2012-05-22PAs should discuss with their patients the benefits and risks of the test.
Louisiana Finalizes Rules Governing PA Supervision2012-05-22Louisiana closes the book on a multi-year effort to change rules governing physician supervision of PA practice. Learn more about the changes.
Online Article Stirs Controversy over Immunizations2012-05-23AAPA signs on to a letter of protest by the Immunization Alliance.
Connecticut Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Mandatory Co-Signatures and Weekly Face-to-Face Meetings2012-05-23Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy signed HB 5515, enacting two additional Key Elements into law.
AAPA House Debates PA Title Change Task Force2012-06-04 2012-06-04
The issue of studying the need for changing the profession’s title from “physician assistant” to “physician associate” was passionately deliberated by the AAPA House of Delegates* (HOD) last week at AAPA’s 40 th Annual Physician Assistant Conference in Toronto, Ontario. Ultimately, on Monday, May 29,
Two PAs Recognized by the National Health Service Corps2012-06-05The NHSC begins 40 Clinicians in 40 weeks, a clinician recognition program highlighting the work of NHSC professionals.
New York Governor Signs Legislation that Licenses the PA Profession2012-06-12As of January 1, 2013, PAs in the state will be "licensed" instead of "registered."
Alaska Governor signs Legislation for Loan Repayment Program2012-06-12Bill will reduce the shortage of healthcare providers in the state.
Forbes Names PA Master's Degree No. 1 Again!2012-06-13Forbes ranks physician assistant studies as top master’s degree for long-term employment opportunity for the third year in a row.
PA Programs Get Special Consideration in Senate Funding Package2012-06-15Primary care training programs see a $10 million boost, and the federal agency with oversight of the grants is encouraged to prioritize funding for PA programs in Fiscal Year 2013.
Connecticut Governor Signs Law Extending Deadline to Take Fluoroscopy Exam2012-06-19PAs who use fluoroscopy have additional time to meet the new educational and test requirements.
Writing to Congress2012-06-20Are you being heard?
Ten Percent Reimbursement Error Rate Among Payers2012-06-27A report issued by AMA this month suggests at 10 percent error rate for claims paid by third party payers.
Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act2012-06-28 2012-06-28
Alexandria, VA – The American Academy of Physician Assistants respects the judicial review undertaken by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Academy is pleased that the Court upheld the many positive provisions of th
Rhode Island Governor Signs Two Rhode Island Academy-Supported Bills2012-06-28State restricts tanning bed use and enacts a Good Samaritan law.
Kudos: University of Colorado PA Program Wins Service Award2012-06-29The University of Colorado CHA/PA Program's Silver Society, a Student Academy chapter, recently received the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Outstanding Student Organization Community Service Award.
Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality Implements “State Snapshots”2012-07-03State-specific healthcare quality information.
Senator Usie Richards Ushers PA Prescribing Bill through Virgin Islands Legislature2012-07-03PAs in USVI await governor’s signature of Rx legislation.
After the Supreme Court: The PPACA and What It Means for PAs2012-07-05
The Supreme Court’s decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) means that the law survives largely intact. With the individual mandate upheld, the Administration will be pressing the case to move forward on implementing insurance exchanges with those states so inc
Connecting with Congress @ Home: Kentucky PAs Meet Sen. Rand Paul2012-07-11Have you met with your legislators in the district recently? Let us know and we’ll feature you, too, in an upcoming issue of PA Advocate.
CMS Proposes Authorizing PAs to Order Portable X-Ray Services2012-07-11Primary care services increase, but pending 27% cut unless Congress acts.
House Republicans Approve Another PPACA Repeal Bill2012-07-11The GOP-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passes bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in response to the Supreme Court’s decision.
Joint Commission Allows PAs in Hospitals to Use Scribes2012-07-17New policy specifically mentions PAs in definition of who may direct scribes to enter information into EMR.
First PA Named Director of a VA Health Care System2012-07-17James Talton, PA-C, promoted to Medical Director of Central Alabama VA Health Care System.
Mississippi PAs, Medical Society, Join Governor in Signing Truth in Advertising Bill2012-07-17On June 28, Mississippi Academy of Physician Assistant President-Elect Becky Loveless, PA-C, attended Governor Phil Bryant’s official bill signing of Senate Bill 2670, also known as the “Truth in Advertising” bill.
FDA Approves Drug to Reduce HIV Infection2012-07-17Truvada approved for preexposure prophylaxis for HIV-negative individuals.
Board of Licensure in Medicine Praises Maine’s PAs2012-07-17PAs provide patients access to care in a rural New England state.
Congress and Social Media2012-07-17“Follow” the leader!
House Releases Fiscal Year 2013 Spending Report, Proposes Significant Cuts to Healthcare Spending2012-07-17House appropriations proposal cuts numerous healthcare programs—PA education and training numbers have not yet been released.
Study Indicates No Wage Gap Between Female PAs and MDs in Primary Care2012-07-19A new study by two Yale economists indicates that there is little difference in hourly career earnings between female PAs and that of female MDs in primary care.
PAs in Retail Clinics Invited to Participate in Evidence-Based Challenge2012-07-19PAs in retail clinic setting invited to submit innovative proposals based on ARQH findings.
NC Enacts Voluntary Health Care Services Act, Includes PAs2012-07-19PAs specifically named in definition of "healthcare provider" and other provisions.
Looking for DO-PA Teams2012-07-19As part of our initiative to “tell the PA profession story” we are focusing on PAs who work as team members with osteopathic physicians. Are you a member of a DO-PA team that has a message to share about leadership in care coordination, excellence in primary care, innovative specialty practice or extension of care to hard to serve populations?
CMS Releases Information Videos on PQRS & eRx Incentive Programs2012-07-30Gain quick insight into participating in popular Medicare incentive programs.
Pro-PA Law Signed in U.S. Virgin Islands!2012-07-30The new law authorizes PA prescribing in the emergency departments of U.S. Virgin Island government hospitals, removes on on-site supervision requirement and incorporates much of the Academy’s model state legislative language.
First Female PA, Joyce Clayton, Has Died2012-08-01Thirty-two years later, the PA profession is 61 percent female Joyce Clayton Nichols, who became the first female PA in 1970, died on July 29, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. She was 72. In 1968, she successfully argued her way into the all-male Duke PA program after convincing the fat
Massachusetts Association Scores Big Legislative Victory2012-08-01Passage of healthcare cost containment bill improves PA practice in the commonwealth.
Military-related Suicides: One A Day in June2012-08-01June 2012 is on the record for highest suicide rate among veterans. AAPA encourages PAs to learn more about how they can help patients who have served in our nation's military.
PA Named to Institute of Medicine Panel on Graduate Medical Education2012-08-02David Asprey, PhD, PA-C, begins work with new committee next month.
CDC Appoints PA to Pediatric mTBI Work Group2012-08-02 2012-08-02
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appointed David Paulk, EdD, PA-C, DFAAPA , to a work group developing clinical diagnosis and management guidelines for acute mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) among children and teens. Appropriate diagnosis and management of children and t
PA Named Consultant to FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee2012-08-02An Ohio PA will soon be using many of his clinical and professional skills to advise an FDA panel on drug safety and risk management.
HHS Awards Grants to Help Veterans Become PAs2012-08-03The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced $2.3 million in grants to 12 PA programs to help veterans become PAs in primary care when they return home.
Expanded Preventive Services for Women2012-08-06As a result of the Affordable Care Act, women will have access to eight new preventive health services without incurring any out of pocket expenses.
Delaware Governor Signs Legislation Modernizing the State’s PA Practice Act2012-08-08Delaware Academy of PAs' efforts remove barriers to quality healthcare.
AAPA Educates NPR Listeners about PAs2012-08-08AAPA’s Ann Davis, PA-C, senior director for state advocacy and outreach, appeared on the National Public Radio (NPR) program Talk of the Nation. Davis discussed the important role PAs play to increase access to primary care currently and in the future.
Hawaii’s Governor Signs Trio of PA-Related Bills2012-08-08The Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants (HAPA) recently saw its highest priority bill for the 2012 session signed into law along with two other impactful bills.
Announcing the New PA PAC Board of Trustees2012-08-10PAs from Texas, Michigan, and Connecticut join the PA PAC BOT.
Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? August 20 Webinar on Oral Health2012-08-10Roundtable discussion will be led by HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh.
Academy Signs on to AAMC’s Amicus Brief2012-08-14AAPA supports Association of American Medical Colleges affirmative action policy.
Iowa PA Society President Profiled in Local Paper2012-08-15New IPAS President Laura Delaney, PA-C, sat down with the Des Moines Register to discuss PA practice and education, and how 2012 changes to the PA practice laws will help to improve access to patient care in rural areas.
PCORI Wants to Hear From PAs2012-08-16Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute seeks input from PAs on landmark draft Methodology Report, which proposes standards for the conduct of patient-centered outcomes research.
CDC Has New HCV Recommendations2012-08-17CDC recommends all baby boomers take a test for hepatitis C.
PAs Bolster Financial Viability of California EDs2012-08-22Strategic decisions on PA deployment dramatically increases heath of two California emergency departments. See the data.
PAs May Now Register online to Become DOT Certified Medical Examiners2012-08-22PAs and all other medical examiners who wish to conduct medical examinations for commercial motor vehicle drivers must be listed on the NRCME by May 21, 2014.
Join the PARTI2012-08-24Join the PARTI and help AAPA improve the services it provides members. PARTI is the Physician Assistants Research Team Initiative.
Student Members: PA Professional is going mobile!2012-08-27Starting in October, AAPA is sending PA Professional digitally to student members. Watch your inbox for your next edition!
Reflections: Visiting the 911 Memorial2012-09-11Guest blogger AAPA President-elect Larry Herman, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA, reflects on a recent visit to the National 911 Memorial and Museum in New York. He is an associate professor and director of primary care initiatives at the New York Institute of Technology PA program.
Wanted: PA Student Writers2012-09-12 2012-09-12
PA Professional seeks articles for the next issue of First Rounds, the magazine’s student section. The special 6-page, end-of-the-year edition will run in PA Professional’s December issue and feature articles written for and by PA students. First Rounds wants commentary/perspective pieces about a
Celebrate Your Profession During National PA Week2012-10-05 2012-10-05
By James Delaney, PA-C, AAPA President
It’s a great time to be a PA, and there’s no better opportunity to celebrate that than National PA Week , a yearly salute to the PA profession that takes place Oct. 6-12. The week reflects on the significant impact PAs are making in healthcare and the tremendo
IOM & AAPA Release White Paper on Team-Based Care2012-10-09The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and AAPA recently released a discussion paper that presents key principles and personal values of successful team-based healthcare.
Elizondo Reaches History-Making Rank2012-10-09Rear Adm. Epifanio “Epi” Elizondo, PhD, PA-C, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was recently promoted to rear admiral upper half, making him the highest ranking PA in the nation’s uniformed services.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Recognizes PA Week2012-10-10 2012-10-10
In honor of National PA Week (Oct. 6-12), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released the following statement on Oct. 5:
“I am pleased to recognize October 6 through 12 as National Physician Assistants Week and to acknowledge the important role PAs play in our nation’s health ca
Physician Assistant Foundation Awards Two $25,000 Johnson & Johnson Scholarships to Underrepresented Minority Students2012-10-11 2012-10-11
Physician Assistant Foundation President James R. (Rick) Kilgore, Ph.D., PA-C, recently had the pleasure of informing two students beginning their PA studies that they are the recipients of $25,000 scholarships to support their education. The recipients, selected from 463 applicants, are Farida Ahmadi
Call for PAragon Award Nominations2012-10-26The AAPA Awards Work Group is accepting applications for the 2013 PAragon Awards, which will be presented at IMPACT 2013 - AAPA's Annual Physician Assistant Conference - in Washington, D.C. in May.
LBGT PA Caucus News2012-10-26 2012-10-26
PAs were present and accounted for at the 30th Annual Conference of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) in San Francisco in September. The world’s largest scientific meeting focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health, the conference is remarkable for its size, sc
Recovering from Hurricane Sandy: A Special Message from AAPA2012-11-01 2012-11-01
Hurricane Sandy barreled through the East Coast
earlier this week, dealing a devastating blow. In its aftermath, millions are
facing flooding, power outages and damaged homes. While residents in hard-hit
areas in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia are slowing resuming
New Resources to ID and Manage CKD Patients2012-11-07The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) is offering new online resources for identifying and managing patients with kidney disease.
PAs Cure Staffing Headaches in Rural Emergency Departments2012-11-13Rural hospitals in Vermont and Wisconsin find PAs are the perfect solution to their emergency department coverage problems.
Walter Reed PA Earns 2012 Community Hero Award2012-11-14 2012-11-14
Merri-Beth Cully, MPA, PA-C, has devoted many hours to the care of the nation’s wounded warriors. As the lead physician assistant (PA) for the orthopaedic surgery service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., she provides care to all of the orthopaedic wounded warrio
AAPA Partner Offers Tools in the Fight Against COPD2012-11-16The COPD Alliance, of which AAPA is a founding member, is providing the following free tools and resources to help clinicians battle the nation’s third leading cause of death – COPD.
UNC to Create New Master’s Degree PA Program for Veterans2012-12-05Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina teams up with the U.S. Army and UNC to enroll veterans with medical experience in a new educational program intended to provide much-needed primary care in the state.
CDC Offers Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents2012-12-11Educational tools can help PAs communicate to parents the importance of vaccinating their children against disease.
Arizona State Association of PAs Reports Key Improvement2012-12-13New laws streamline prescribing for PAs and earn the state five of the Six Key Elements of a Modern PA Practice Act.
HHS Guidelines Released to Help Providers Protect Patient Information on Smart Devices2012-12-17HHS releases tips and best practices for providers to keep patient information protected online.
Ohio Governor Signs Bill to Improve PA Practice Laws2012-12-18On Thursday, December 20, Gov. John Kasich signed HB 284, a bill making several positive changes to Ohio's PA practice laws.
Michigan Legislature Approves “DO Fix” to Law2012-12-18In the last hours of its legislative session, Michigan lawmakers passed a bill clarifying schedule II prescriptive authority for PAs practicing with osteopathic physicians.
Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grant Recipients Announced2012-12-20The PA Foundation recently awarded two grants funded through the Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Endowment to support PA student humanitarian activities in Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Healthcare Provisions Included in Fiscal Cliff Agreement2013-01-02President Obama signs into law the $620 billion "fiscal cliff" agreement.
New Year, New Name: California PAC now California PAB2013-01-02The California Academy of Physician Assistants rang in the new year with exciting news – effective January 1, 2013, the California Physician Assistant Committee is now the Physician Assistant Board.
Nebraska Academy Responds to Inaccuracies in Newspaper Article2013-01-03Nebraska Academy of PA leaders sprang into action upon reading a local article with inaccuracies about the PA profession.
Medicare’s 2013 Surgical Assist Exclusion List Now Available2013-01-04Download your copy of the new exclusion list.
PAs in Specialty Practice: Medical Home Is Coming Your Way2013-01-04If you are a PA in a specialty outside of primary care, take note. The National Committee for Quality Assurance is writing standards for specialty practice medical home recognition and wants to know how specialty practices utilize PAs.
112th Congress Fails to Pass PA Hospice and Federal Workers’ Compensation Bills2013-01-04Congress fails to pass bills that would advance PA practice and access to care.
PA to Pen Intro for Public Comment on CDC's Pediatric mTBI Guidelines2013-01-07PA to write intro for public comment on CDC guildlines on pediatric mild TBI.
PA to Moderate Free Veterans Health Webinar2013-01-10Webinar on the treatment of post-traumatic headaches in veterans offers free CME.
Drug Safety Communication from FDA2013-01-14FDA requires lower recommended doses of products containing Zolpidem.
IMPACT 2013 Capitol Hill Day: Make an IMPACT in the Halls of Congress2013-01-14Make plans now to participate in the largest advocacy event the profession has ever known: AAPA’s IMPACT 2013 Capitol Hill Day, Wednesday, May 29.
Indiana PAs, Students Meet with Legislators, Make History2013-01-24Despite blistering cold temperatures, 200 PAs and PA students gathered at the Indiana Statehouse for the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistant’s first-ever Lobby Day.
Want to See a Full-Page Ad About PAs in a National Newspaper?2013-01-25Would you donate for a full-page ad on PAs in USA Today?
Media Reports Misstate Impact on PAs from FDA Advisory Committee Recommendations on Prescribing Hydrocodone Products2013-01-282013-01-28 The New York Times and numerous other media outlets incorrectly stated on Jan. 25 that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee recommended changes last week on prescribing hydrocodone products that would “ban nurse practitioners and physician assist
Reaching Out to Freshmen Legislators PART II: PA Resources2013-01-29AAPA has guidelines and materials for PAs to use when meeting with their legislators in the home district.
Senate Hearing Cites Value of PAs in Primary Care Workforce Growth2013-01-29Senate report and hearing identify PAs as part of the solution to the primary care workforce shortage.
Missouri PAs, Students Gather for Legislative Boot Camp2013-01-30Over 70 PAs and PA students gathered in St. Louis to learn how the current momentum created by health reform can lead to improvements in the state’s PA practice laws.
AAPA Critical of PA Role Described in AHA Primary Care Workforce Report2013-01-31AAPA roundly criticizes elements of the American Hospital Association's primary care workforce report that marginalizes the role of PAs in hospitals and health systems.
Keep Calm and Call COOA2013-02-04The AAPA Constituent Organization Outreach and Advocacy (COOA) team isn’t just here to assist state chapters and constituent organizations with advocacy efforts. They also help PAs every single day to interpret and understand how state laws and regulations affect their practice.
NCCPA Certification Maintenance Requirements, State Laws and You2013-02-05Are your state laws ready for the new NCCPA certification maintenance requirements?
HHS Proposes to Relax Physician Supervision Requirement in Rural Health Settings2013-02-05The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposes to replace the two-week on-site physician supervision requirement for critical access hospitals, rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers, offering flexibility through telemedicine and periodic review.
Sequester Deadline is Here. Details are Still Unknown.2013-02-06Congress fails to stave off mandatory spending cuts by March 1.
Free Adult Immunizations APP2013-02-11The ACP Immunization Advisor app makes it easy to find the right vaccines for your patients by age or underlying medical circumstance.
Help Us Help You Eliminate Gaps in Healthcare2013-02-15 2013-02-15
By Jim Anderson PA-C, ATC, chair, AAPA Health Disparities Work Group
The AAPA Health Disparities Work Group has had a blog on the JAAPA site and is now proud to be part of featured JAAPA content on PAs Connect. My five colleagues and I increase awareness of health disparities and identify and provid
AAPA Supports Senate Bill to Improve Access to Emergency Services in Rural Areas2013-02-26Amendment to EMTALA would allow critical access hospitals and sole community hospitals in rural areas to use interactive telehealth programs to satisfy the EMTALA requirement for an “on-call” physician when a PA or NP is already on site in the hospital emergency room.
PCORI Announces Regional Conference2013-02-26 2013-02-26
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute ( PCORI ) will host its first-ever regional meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kansas on March 9-10, 2013. PCORI is authorized by Congress to conduct research so that it can provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and
New Hampshire Medical Board Elects PA as President2013-02-27In December, the New Hampshire Board of Medicine elected Mark Sullivan, PA-C , as its 2013 president.
Federal Agencies Are Preparing for Sequestration and Major Spending Cuts2013-02-27Without an eleventh-hour deal, all federal programs will face uncertainty.
Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants’ Lobby Day: Steps to Success2013-02-27Courtney Doran, PA-C, IAPA Legislative Chair, offers tips from her recent rally at the statehouse.
Putting PA Students in the PCP Pipeline2013-02-27Congratulations to Rocio Solano Padilla and Emily Wang for becoming the first PA student scholars of the GE Foundation-National Medical Fellowships Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP). Both are now PA-Cs.
Opportunity for Leadership in Pain Management Education2013-02-28We are in search of PAs who have experience in pain management, addiction medicine, behavioral health, emergency medicine or other specialty areas where opioid prescribing and management is essential to daily practice.
Advocacy Update: Retail Medicine2013-03-05Over the past year, AAPA leaders have met with the Convenient Care Association and individual retail clinic systems to discuss the PA role in retail medicine. It is our hope that by working cooperatively we can educate convenient care clinics on state laws and regulations governing PA practice and increase the PA role in this emerging model.
Prescribing Opioids Safely: An Open Letter from the FDA2013-03-04The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued an open letter to prescribers of opioid products. FDA is encouraging providers who prescribe opioid medication to have a thorough knowledge of the FDA-approved product labeling for these products, and to ensure they have adequate training in opioid therapy.
New Volunteer Opportunities: AAPA Restructures for the Future2013-03-05In June, AAPA’s current system of standing commissions and work groups will change. The length and nature of PA volunteerism will be determined by what is necessary to achieve a desired outcome. What does that mean for you?
In Memoriam - R. Scott Chavez2013-03-08Our
condolences go out to the family and friends of R. Scott Chavez, PhD, MPA,
CCHP-A, a past president of AAPA and longtime vice president of the National
Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). He died March 7, 2013, after a
brief battle with liver cancer.
CMS Announces Details of Sequestration on Medicare2013-03-12CMS announces total Medicare cuts of nearly $11 billion in 2013 as a result of the President’s sequestration order.
Calling All PAs Who Seek Loan Repayment2013-03-13The National Health Service Corps is looking for a few good PAs.
Wanted: Student Editor for PA Professional’s First Rounds2013-03-18PA Professional, AAPA's membership magazine, is seeking a PA student to serve as the student editor for the magazine’s student section, First Rounds (FR).
Reviewers Needed!2013-03-21AAPA state advocacy staff seeks PAs to review a white paper on PA prescribing of Schedule II medications.
AAPA Launches Annual CensusSupport your peers—and patients—by taking the 2013 AAPA Census.
Maine PA Legislation Advances2013-03-26The Downeast Association of PAs has worked closely with Maine legislators to introduce legislation that would improve the state's PA Practice Act.
Advocacy - It's for Everyone2013-03-26PAs (and students!) have a tremendous story - and it’s yours to tell. Learn five quick ways to be a voice for the profession.
Association of Family Practice PAs Taps Thought Leader2013-03-28In collaboration with The Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants (AFPPA), AAPA has proudly nominated PA Barbara Malata to the National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition at the United States Department of Agriculture.
AAPA’s State Advocates for Reimbursement (STAR) Network2013-03-29Insurer policies can change rapidly in this era of healthcare reform. STARs are the eyes and ears for the profession.
AAPA Applauds CMS Regulatory Relief Rule2013-04-09In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, AAPA voiced its support for a proposed rule to eliminate the current two-week on-site physician supervision requirement for community access hospitals, rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers staffed by PAs and APNs.
President’s Proposed Budget Aims to Increase Health Professionals, Including PAs2013-04-12President Obama’s blueprint for 2014 prioritizes PA education and boosting primary care providers.
PA Earns National Kidney Foundation Award2013-04-15Kim Zuber, MS, PA-C, is the 2013 recipient of the National Kidney Foundation's Tim Poole Memorial Award, which honors an exceptional clinician who has dedicated his/her life to the care and well-being of CKD patients and their families.
Indiana House Approves PA Modernization Bill; Awaits Governor’s Signature2013-04-17On April 16, the Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve amendments to House Bill 1099, a bill to modernize the PA Practice Act. It now heads to Gov. Mike Pence for signature.
North Dakota Governor Signs Bill to Enroll PAs as Medicaid Providers2013-04-18North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed House Bill 1201 into law. The bill adds PAs to the list of providers who may enroll for reimbursement in the state’s Medicaid program.
Mississippi Governor Signs Bill To Extend Temporary PA Licensure2013-04-18Bill allows PAs who do not possess a master’s degree to obtain a temporary license to practice while they are seeking a master’s degree.
New York Increases PA-to-Physician Ratios2013-04-23Congratulations to the New York State Society of Physician Assistants for increasing the physician-to-PA ratio in the state and improving upon one of the AAPA Six Key Elements.
Washington Governor Signs Out-of-State PA Prescription Bill2013-04-24Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5524, authorizing Washington pharmacies to fill prescriptions written by physician assistants in other states.
CA Senate Passes Medical Assistant Bill2013-04-24California Academy of PAs wins huge victory with state Senate passage of SB 352.
AAPA Hosts AFPPA President2013-04-25Beth Smolko, PA-C, President of the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants, recently visited AAPA headquarters.Learn how you can plan a visit for your specialty organization.
Indiana Governor Signs HB 1099 Into Law2013-04-30On April 29, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1099 into law. The changes, which are effective July 1, move Indiana from two to four Key Elements of a Modern State PA Practice Act.
Celebrating Moms as a Catalyst in the Fight Against Obesity2013-05-02AAPA is a member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), which is focusing on making mom’s life easier around Mother’s Day this month.
Missouri Lawmakers Pass Key Legislation to Improve PA Practice2013-05-03On April 29, the Missouri House of Representatives passed House Bill 315, which will improve how PAs and physicians work together. Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to sign the bill into law.
Updated Advocacy Resource: State Practice Profiles2013-05-09Get a snapshot of PA practice data in your state.
Texas Lawmakers Cast Unanimous Vote on Team Practice Improvement Bill2013-05-15On May 15, the Texas House of Representatives cast a unanimous vote to approve Senate Bill 406, a bill that will modernize team-based medicine in the Lone Star state
Indiana PAs Join Gov. Pence for Ceremonial Bill Signing2013-05-15On May 13, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence welcomed representatives from the Indiana Academy of Physicain Assistants, all four PA programs in the state, physicians, and AAPA staff to his office for a ceremonial bill signing for House Bill 1099.
Washington State Governor Signs Bill to Improve PA Practice2013-05-16On May 10, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1737 into law, improving PA practice in the state.
PA Representatives Meet with Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner's Staff2013-05-16The meeting focused on ways to best achieve the goal of improving patient care in Puerto Rico through the introduction of legislation that would authorize PA practice in the Commonwealth.
AAPA Represents Profession at The Atlantic's Healthcare Forum in Washington, D.C.2013-05-16AAPA represents the PA profession at The Atlantic Health Forum.
Task Force Seeks Your Input on Oral Health2013-05-21PAs are asked to review and submit comments on a draft report and statement on prevention of dental caries in children.
Maine Governor Signs PA Legislation into Law2013-05-22Key legislative victory is the result of an extensive advocacy effort led by the DownEast Association of PAs.
Allowing PAs to Provide Care in Disasters2013-05-23AAPA stands with Oklahoma and others states experiencing dangerous weather this week, paying special attention to those PAs who are on the front lines of disaster response.
Missouri Legislation Would Remove Restrictions on PA Practice2013-06-06PA Karen Leuenberger practices with her physician partner, Elaine Joslyn, in a northeast Kansas City clinic. Fox News 4 stopped by to see how Missouri's new PA law would affect them.
Join AAPA in Responding to Negative AMA Resolution2013-06-11While workforce experts are predicting a shortage of providers with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the American Medical Association Board of Trustees is proposing a resolution for its House of Delegates that could severely restrict PAs' ability to provide care to patients.
AAPM Foundation Appoints PA to Its Board2013-06-17The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) Foundation recently appointed Jeremy Adler, MS, PA-C, to its Board of Directors.
AMA Reference Committee Releases Amended Resolution2013-06-18 2013-06-18
The American Medical Association House of Delegates
Reference Committee B released its recommendations on Report 16 , and what was a
resolution with a very expansive definition of surgery and invasive procedure
has now been limited to only apply to "invasive pain management
S.C. Governor Signs Bill to Improve PA Practice2013-06-18Legislative changes improve the licensure process, supervision, and prescribing.
AAPA’s Wrap-Up from the AMA HOD2013-06-20 2013-06-20
Chicago - AAPA was present for the entirety of the 2013 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting—advocating for the PA profession and reporting the latest news to our members. After weeks of collaborative advocacy, the hard work of AAPA volunteers, constituent organizations and liaisons resulted in the
Iowa Governor Signs Bills Improving PA Practice, Loan Repayment2013-06-21New laws improve loan repayment program, PA ability to provide psychiatric care.
Bell’s Palsy Draft Practice Guideline Posted for Public Comment2013-06-26PAs and the public are invited to comment by July 4 on a draft clinical practice guideline on Bell's palsy.
Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act Introduced in the 113th Congress2013-06-26The legislation would allow PAs, NPs and clinical nurse specialists to order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries.
CMS Delays DME Documentation Requirements—Call to Action2013-06-28AAPA seeks real-life examples of how burdensome policy would disrupt care.
Calling All Politically Savvy PAs!2013-07-09Are you an AAPA member and interested in advocacy? Do you like fundraising for a great cause?
CMS Releases Proposed Medicare Payment Rule for 20142013-07-09Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2014 Physician Fee Schedule, which updates Medicare’s payment rates and related coverage policies for services furnished on or after Jan. 1, 2014.
AAPA, Physician Correcting Parenting Magazine Article2013-07-09 2013-07-09
The July edition of Parenting magazine features an article on healthcare team members, but inaccurately says that PAs cannot write prescriptions.
Upon seeing this, AAPA President Lawrence Herman, MPA, PA-C, immediately reached out to the writers and editors of the article seeking a correction and e
SAMHSA Publishes Draft Guidelines for Opioid Treatment Programs, Utilizing PAs2013-07-15AAPA president praises improvements in comments to SAMHSA.
Measuring Team Effectiveness in the Patient-centered Medical Home2013-07-22The National Committee for Quality Assurance recently asked for suggestions of “measures and outcomes that indicate an effective team-based or collaborative approach is in place.” AAPA is interested in your ideas about this health quality measurement challenge.
Connecticut Governor Vetoes Negative Medi-Spa Legislation2013-07-23ConnAPA's advocacy efforts avert a restrictive supervision requirement.
AAPA Meets with State Medicaid Directors2013-07-25The Academy emphasizes that state Medicaid programs must ensure that PAs are included among eligible providers.
AAPA and FAPA Support Change to University of St. Augustine’s Orthopaedic Program2013-07-29With the strong encouragement and endorsement from the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA), Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS) and AAPA, the University of St. Augustine has changed the title of its master’s program from orthopaedic physician assistant to orthopaedic assistant (MOA).
Advocacy Efforts Improve Delaware Regulations2013-07-30Delaware Academy of PAs teams with AAPA to affect change in potentially restrictive regulations.
Helping PAs Manage Kidney Disease2013-08-06Helping primary care providers better detect and manage kidney disease was the main topic of discussion recently among representatives of the PA profession and senior staff at the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP). The appointment of a PA to NKDEP’s Coordinating Panel was one result of the meeting.
DCAPA’s Dedicated Advocacy Efforts Result in Improvements to PA Regulations2013-08-06Two years of hard work pay off with adoption of new rules.
AAPA Meets with State Medical Board Leadership2013-08-06Strategies for updating PA acts discussed with West Virginia and Georgia chapters.
AAPA Member on Panel Recommending Strategies to Minimize Overuse of Five Treatments2013-08-08Roy Borchardt, PhD, PA-C, provided the PA perspective for a new report on reducing overuse of five common medical interventions.
AAPA to Challenge TRICARE Proposed Rule on Durable Medical Equipment2013-08-13TRICARE officials issued a proposed regulatory clarification that would allow certain non-MD/DO healthcare professionals to order durable medical equipment under the program. PAs are excluded from the list of professionals who would be authorized to order DME.
California Legislature Passes Medical Assistant Bill2013-08-14If signed, bill will allow PAs to supervise medical assistants.
AAPA Pushes for Immediate Delay in Hospital Admission Rule2013-08-14Obscure language tucked into a 2,225-page regulatory rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) threatens to disrupt the important role of PAs and other qualified licensed practitioners in the hospital admissions process.
State PA Chapters, Physician Organizations Join Forces to Promote Team-Based Care2013-08-22The Ohio Association of Physician Assistants (OAPA) joins a growing number of state PA chapters that have worked with its state physician organization to issue a statement endorsing team care.
Same-Day Kidney Disease Education Sessions Approved2013-08-28The National Correct Coding Initiative and CMS Rule in Favor of PAs Providing Kidney Disease Education.
IRS Issues Final Rules on Individual Mandate2013-08-30On Tuesday, Aug. 27, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final rules on certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate.
Nebraska PAs Welcome New Regulations2013-09-06The Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants is pleased to announce that Gov. Dave Heineman approved new regulations governing PA practice in the state. This closes a nearly six-year process to implement 2009 changes to PA practice laws.
Iowa Physician Assistant Society Successfully Petitions for PA Injections2013-09-06New rule will allow PAs to administer medications, including injections, in residential care facilities.
AAPA Requests Additional Clarification on Hospital Admission Rule2013-09-09AAPA has requested further clarification from CMS that will allow us to determine if additional legislative or regulatory interventions are necessary to allow PAs to continue to fully function as part of the hospital admissions process.
CMS Issues Second Delay for DME Policy Change2013-09-10Reacting to the serious concerns expressed by AAPA and other healthcare organizations and individuals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a second and indefinite delay in the implementation of a regulation that would have required a physician signature when PAs (and NPs) ordered certain durable medical equipment (DME).
CA Governor Signs Medical Assistant Bill2013-09-12The bill is a huge success for the California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA) and PAs throughout the state.
PAs Urged to Comment on TRICARE’s Proposed Exclusionary DME Policy2013-09-19Make your voice heard by sending comments to TRICARE officials asking that they allow PAs to order durable medical equipment (DME).
Rhode Island PA Appointed to Special Legislative Commission2013-09-24Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants President Jim Carney was recently appointed to a panel that will examine and make recommendations on how to improve primary and behavioral health in the state.
Virtual Briefing: Can States Address Increasing Healthcare Demand?2013-09-26The American Academy of Physician Assistants hosted a virtual briefing that demonstrated how up-to-the-minute state policy changes are impacting patients and the PA workforce.
D.C. PAs and Supervising Physicians: Mark Your Calendars2013-09-26The District of Columbia Academy of Physician Assistants (DCAPA) invites you to an important meeting to discuss compliance with new regulations amending PA rights and duties in D.C.
Call-to-Action Dinner Meeting for West Virginia PAs2013-10-03The West Virginia Association of PAs (WVAPA) invites all PAs currently practicing or planning on practicing in West Virginia to a special call-to-action dinner meeting to learn about and discuss exciting updates from the West Virginia Board of Medicine on physician-PA team practice and patient care in the Mountain State.
An Exciting Opportunity for PAs in Primary Care in California2013-10-04Join a group of PAs in California and become an expert in preventive medicine practice and a leader in quality improvement around disease prevention guidelines.
Versatile PA Advocate and Educator Ellen Harder Has Died2013-10-04Ellen Harder, a longtime PA, educator and advocate for the profession, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
California Caps Great Year by Adding PAs to State Definition of PCPs2013-10-11On Oct. 9, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 494 into law. The bill, which passed the California Legislature in September and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, revises the statutory definition of primary care provider in California to clearly include PAs.
Maine PA Chapter Has a New Name2013-10-11Two weeks ago, the DownEast Association of Physician Assistants (DEAPA) voted to officially change its name to the Maine Association of Physician Assistants (MEAPA).
Avoid 2015 Payment Adjustment by Taking PQRS Action Now2013-10-11Deadline extended three days to Oct. 18 to register for administrative claims-based PQRS reporting option and avoid 2015 payment decrease.
ER/LA Opioids CME Course Available on Your iPad2013-10-18 2013-10-18
As a partner in the CO*RE REMS program , AAPA is offering PAs an opportunity to earn 3 CME credits on the safe use of extended-release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioids via an iBook available at the iBook and iTunes libraries . Entitled "Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioids: Achieving Safe Use While
FDA Proposes Reclassifying Hydrocodone-Combination Medications to Schedule II2013-10-282013-10-28 On Oct. 24, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed to reclassify hydrocodone-combination medications from Schedule III to Schedule II. The proposal follows a 2009 request by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a recommendation
CMS Includes PAs as Authorized Providers in Community Mental Health Centers2013-10-29In a final rule released on Oct. 29, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) clarified and affirmed for the first time that physician assistants (PAs) are authorized providers in Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs). The rule marked the first time CMS released Conditions of Participation for CMHCs, which provide emergency and outpatient behavioral and mental health services for children, the elderly, and individuals who are chronically mentally ill.
Drew Travers, Who Helped Establish the PA Profession in Maine, Has Died2013-10-30Drew Travers, the first physician assistant licensed in Maine, died on Oct. 23 at the age of 68.
Submit an Application for the Outreach and Advocacy Awards!2013-11-07Did your constituent organization score a huge victory for PAs this year or create a new program or project that fosters PA excellence, optimizes PA practice or grows the profession? If so, submit the program or project to be considered for an Outreach and Advocacy Award by the Constituent Relations Work Group.
AAPA Salutes Our Nation’s Veteran and Military PAs2013-11-11This Veterans Day, AAPA recognizes the vital role that PAs in the military play as part of a unified healthcare team when they provide our nation’s wounded warriors with all aspects of care on and off the battlefield.
Texas Adopts Rules to Implement Landmark Changes in PA Practice Laws2013-11-13The Texas Medical Board has adopted rules to implement changes to laws governing delegated prescriptive authority.
AMA Interim Meeting Focuses on Health System Issues2013-11-19The 2013 Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) House of Delegates (HOD) was Nov. 15-19 in National Harbor, Md.
PAs Invited to Review Developmental Screening Follow-up Measures2013-11-20The Pediatric Measurement Center of Excellence is requesting comments on three proposed developmental screening follow-up measures.
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