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Maine Regulation Expands PA Role in Medicaid Mental Health

On March 27, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services adopted a regulation that creates Behavioral Health Homes (BHH) for Medicaid beneficiaries.The regulation implements a team-based approach to care that expands the role of PAs in BHH clinical workflows. Read More

Interested in Neonatology?

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is hosting an open house for its Neonatology Physician Assistant Residency Program on April 30 from 2 – 3 p.m. and 4 – 5 p.m. at the CHOP main hospital. Read More

Trend: More States Pass Laws to Stock EpiPens, Albuterol in Schools

PAs in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology support anaphylaxis action plans. Read More

Minnesota PAs, Students Lobby for Patient Care

Coordination of CME and Lobby Day maximizes attendance at MAPA spring meeting. Read More

Congress Passes 12-Month Medicare SGR Patch

On March 31, Congress ended its efforts to reform Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Read More

Arkansas Department of Health Adopts Change to Varicella Rule, Includes PAs

On Feb. 11, the Arkansas Department of Health adopted a regulation amending rules and regulations pertaining to immunization requirements. Read More

AAPA’s Wrap-Up from the AMA HOD

Thanks to the hard work of AAPA volunteers, constituent organizations and liaisons, the American Medical Association House of Delegates adopted a much less restrictive resolution on invasive procedures. Read More

Medicare’s 2014 Surgical Assist Exclusion List Now Available

Medicare will not pay for an assistant at surgery on procedures that it has determined is required in fewer than 5 percent of surgical cases nationally. The payment exclusion applies to all first assistants, PAs, MDs and NPs. Read More

Indiana Medicaid Recognizes PA Practice in Behavioral Health

On Jan. 15, the Indiana Office of the Secretary of Family and Social Services adopted a regulation that includes adult mental health habilitation services as services covered by Medicaid. Read More

Maine Medicaid Authorizes PAs to Order Physical Therapy for Patients Under 21

On Oct. 29, 2013, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a proposed Medicaid regulation for physical therapy services.  Read More

Urgent: AAPA Seeks PA in Pediatrics Familiar with Adolescent Substance Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, recently released a proposal titled, "Outreach to Health Care Providers on Substance Use."  Read More

Volunteer Opportunity: COPD Experts Wanted

On Friday, March 7, the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care is hosting a one-day meeting at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va.  Read More

Changes to Ohio Regulations Favor PAs

On Feb. 3, 2014, the Ohio Department of Health finalized rules pertaining to do not resuscitate (DNR) protocols. The regulation authorizes PAs to issue DNR orders, and determine and pronounce death in certain circumstances.  Read More

In Memoriam: PA Ron Pace

James "Ron" Pace, BS, PA-C, DFAAPA, a Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA) past president and AAPA Outstanding PA of the Year Award winner, who inspired and touched the personal and professional lives of generations of PAs, passed away on Dec. 19. He was 64. Read More

New Mexico Changes to Medicaid Include Improvements for PAs

On Dec. 30, 2013, the New Mexico Human Services Department published final regulations that make considerable changes to the state's Medicaid program.  Read More

AAPA Joins Round Table on Preventing COPD Readmissions

On March 7, 2014, the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC) hosted a round-table discussion in Washington, D.C., to address the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) plan to instate policies addressing all cause readmissions tied to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) discharges. Read More

Oregon Gov. Signs Bill Updating Multiple Statutes to Include PAs

On March 6, Gov. John Kitzhaber, MD, signed Oregon Senate Bill 1548 into law. The legislation updates 75 areas of Oregon statutes to include PAs. Read More

Iowa PAs Authorized to Prescribe to Medicaid 'Lock-In' Participants

On Jan. 8, 2014, the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS) issued a proposed regulation that reinstates the rule governing the federal-state Medicaid "lock-in" program. Read More

Wisconsin Finalizes Rules to Update PA Practice Laws

On Feb. 15, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services adopted amendments to medical board regulations governing PAs. The Wisconsin Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker had previously approved the changes in December 2013. Read More

Ohio Governor Signs Bill Allowing PAs to Provide Admission Duties

On Feb. 18, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 139 into law. The bill permits PAs to admit patients to hospitals. Read More

Iowa Student Aid Commission Adopts Rules for PA Loan Repayment Program

On Jan. 20, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission adopted a regulation clarifying how the Rural Iowa Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Loan Repayment Program will be administered. Read More

APA and AAPA Seeking PAs in Mental Health

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is developing new clinical practice guidelines on the use of antipsychotics in patients with dementia. It has asked the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) to assist in this effort. Read More

Louisiana Re-adopts Regulation Allowing PAs to Apply Fluoride Varnish

On Dec. 12, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued emergency regulations to re-adopt language allowing PAs to apply fluoride varnish on Medicaid patients in rural health clinics. Read More

Have Federal Budget Cuts in Public Health Impacted You?

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is looking for submissions from PAs affected by recent budget cuts. The Coalition for Health Funding is creating a report, "Faces of Austerity: Public Health," and asked AAPA to contribute. Read More

Growing Number of Medical Boards Now Accepting FCVS for PA Medical License Verification

The Federation of State Medical Boards recently reported that three additional state medical boards have decided to utilize the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) for physician assistants applying for medical licensure: the New Mexico Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, the Virginia Board of Medicine and the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Read More