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5 State Licensing Tips for PAs

July 31, 2014 - Make sure you get licensed in a timely fashion. Read More

Texas Medicaid to Contract With MCOs That Use PAs as Primary Care Providers

July 29, 2014 - The Texas Health and Human Services Commission adopted new regulations on July 15 that require HHSC to contract with managed care organizations that use PAs as primary care providers to provide healthcare services to Medicaid recipients. Read More

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: How PAs Can Help

July 16, 2014 - John "JJ" Jenkins, a former combat medic, gives some tips for treating patients. Read More

Safe a Life This Summer

July 23, 2014 - More than 100 PAs gave blood at AAPA Conference 2014. The Red Cross offers more opportunities this summer. Read More

How AAPA Helped Me

July 22, 2014 - AAPA member Elizabeth Tang, PA-C, talks about how an AAPA staff helped her with a licensing issue. Read More

Texas Expands PA Practice in Mental Health

July 18, 2014 - PAs can now order restraint and seclusion, perform face-to face evaluations and certify serious injuries for the purpose of receiving treatment. Read More

Texas Academy of PAs Works to Clarify Prescribing Laws

May 1, 2014 - The Texas Pharmacy Board issued an update on its website that clarified the authority of PAs to write prescriptions for controlled substances. Read More

AAPA Releases Member Satisfaction Survey Results

July 16, 2014 - Read results from AAPA's Member Satisfaction Survey. Read More

Demand for PAs and NPs Up by More Than 300 Percent

July 14, 2014 - Healthcare placement firm Merritt Hawkins reports a surge in the number of search assignments conducted for PAs and NPs over the last three years. Read More

Physicians Report Increased Use of PAs

July 9, 2014 - A new survey shows a 5 percent increase since 2012. Read More

Missouri Governor Signs Bills Recognizing Assistant Physicians

July 11, 2014 - Gov. Nixon expresses reservations in signing bills that call on the Missouri Board of Healing Arts to license medical school graduates who have not yet completed a residency. Read More

Missouri PAs Can Enroll as Medicaid Providers

July 11, 2014 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed SB 808, which authorizes PA enrollment in Missouri’s Medicaid program. Read More

PAs #1 on Forbes’ Best Master’s Degree for Jobs List

June 23, 2014 - Earlier this month, Forbes magazine named physician assistant studies the best master’s degree for jobs in 2014. Read More

A Day in the Life of a PA in Primary Care

July 8, 2014 - Robin Bull, MS, PA-C, takes you through a recent day at her family medicine practice. Read More

American Medical Association House of Delegates Rejects ‘Assistant Physician’ Concept

June 12, 2014 - The American Medical Association House of Delegates considered and ultimately passed a resolution to oppose the “use of unmatched medical students as ‘assistant physicians.’” Read More

PAs See Continued State Advocacy Wins in 2014

June 18, 2014 - In the first half of 2014, 41 states and the District of Columbia improved PA practice through laws or regulations. Read More

5 Tips for Getting Into PA School

June 25, 2014 - Kimberly Mackey, MPAS, PA-C, offers some advice on navigating the pre-PA school track. Read More

Illinois Bill Broadens PA Practice in Nursing Homes

June 24, 2014 - A new law authorizes PAs to evaluate, diagnose and treat nursing home beneficiaries eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Read More

AAPA Meets With CVS About Using More PAs at MinuteClinics

June 11, 2014 - AAPA representatives met with CVS Caremark leadership on May 26 to discuss increasing use of PAs in the company's MinuteClinics across the country. Read More

House and Senate Move Quickly to Respond to VA Healthcare Crisis

June 12, 2014 - Contrary to press statements, neither the House nor the Senate bill specifically addresses types of healthcare professionals. Read More

When All Hell Breaks Loose, Be Prepared

June 9, 2014 - PAs and physicians from Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital spoke to AAPA Conference 2014 attendees about the value of drills and preparing for unpredictable emergencies. Read More

A Day in the Life of a PA in Orthopaedic Surgery

June 5, 2014 - Kimberly Mackey, MPAS, PA-C, takes you through a recent day at her practice. Read More

New Medicare Part D Rule Affects PA Prescribers

June 3, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adopted a regulation on May 23, 2014, that aims to prevent prescription drug fraud and abuse. Read More

Sen. Moore Speaks at AAPA State Legislative Leaders Meeting

June 2, 2014 - On May 27, 2014, Massachusetts state Sen. Richard T. Moore spoke to a room full of PA legislative leaders from across the country as AAPA’s special guest for its annual State Legislative Leaders meeting in Boston. Read More

AAPA Board of Directors Selects Daniel L. O’Donoghue, PA-C, PhD, to Complete At-Large Term on Board

May 30, 2014 - AAPA is pleased to announce that Daniel L. O’Donoghue, PA-C, PhD, has been appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy that will occur when Director-at-Large Jeffrey Katz assumes his new position as president-elect on the AAPA Board of Directors on June 10, 2014. Read More

Minnesota Rejects the ‘Apostrophe S’

May 23, 2014 - On May 21, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law House File 2402, which includes a provision that removes the “apostrophe s” from all references to PAs in the Minnesota statutes. Read More

Kansas Governor Signs PA Improvement Bill

May 19, 2014 - On May 14, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a bill that will modernize PA practice laws in the state. Read More

PAs Qualified to Deliver Behavioral Health Services in New Indiana Medicaid Program

May 13, 2014 - On May 7, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration adopted regulations that establish a new Medicaid program called Behavioral and Primary Health Care Coordination Services. The regulation lists PAs as “qualified behavioral health professionals.” Read More

10 Tips for Your Clinical Year

May 12, 2014 - PA student JJ Jenkins on how to get the most out of your rotations. Read More

CMS Eliminates PA Practice Barriers in Rural Areas

May 8, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a rule on May 7 that provides regulatory relief for PAs and physicians who deliver care in rural communities. Read More

How the Medicare Data Release Affects PAs

May 5, 2014 - The data offer a unique opportunity for PAs to gain additional insight into their practice’s billing patterns and can assist in demonstrating their value to their practices. Read More

Arizona Passes Bill Giving PAs a Stronger Voice

May 1, 2014 - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed SB 1345, which gives PAs an additional seat on the Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants and increases the number of PAs on the 10-member board to 5. Read More

Louisiana Education Department Recognizes PA Role at Sporting Events

May 1, 2014 - On April 22, the Louisiana Department of Education adopted a regulation that authorizes PAs to function as on-site healthcare providers at any school-sponsored or sanctioned athletic activity. Read More

North Dakota Adopts Opioid Treatment Program Rules, Recognizes PAs

May 1, 2014 - On April 23, the North Dakota Department of Human Services adopted a proposed regulation that establishes the licensing rules for opioid treatment programs. The regulation authorizes PAs to admit, treat, diagnose and prescribe drugs to patients with opioid addictions. Read More

Iowa Medicaid Adds PAs to Provider Directory

May 1, 2014 - Iowa’s Medicaid program will start listing PAs in its provider directory, thanks to the advocacy efforts of the Iowa Physician Assistant Society and PAs throughout the state. Read More

Wyoming PAs Defeat New Chart Co-Signatures

April 16, 2014 - Wyoming PAs defeated an attempt to change PA rules that would have required supervising physicians to review 10 percent of patient charts. Read More

Maine Regulation Expands PA Role in Medicaid Mental Health

April 11, 2014 - 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

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

April 3, 2014 - PAs in allergy, asthma, and immunology support anaphylaxis action plans. Read More

Minnesota PAs, Students Lobby for Patient Care

April 3, 2014 - Coordination of CME and Lobby Day maximizes attendance at MAPA spring meeting. Read More

Congress Passes 12-Month Medicare SGR Patch

April 1, 2014 - On March 31, Congress ended its efforts to reform Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. SGR repeal and reform must now be addressed by the new 114th Congress that will convene in January 2015. Read More

AAPA Joins Round Table on Preventing COPD Readmissions

March 18, 2014 - Charlene M. Morris, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, president of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, represented AAPA at the meeting. Read More

Oregon Gov. Signs Bill Updating Multiple Statutes to Include PAs

March 10, 2014 - 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

March 10, 2014 - The Iowa Physician Assistant Society (IPAS) worked with AAPA to draft and submit comments requesting that PAs be authorized to order prescriptions for Medicaid "lock-in" program participants. Read More

Wisconsin Finalizes Rules to Update PA Practice Laws

March 4, 2014 - On Feb. 15, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services adopted amendments to medical board regulations governing PAs. Read More

Ohio Governor Signs Bill Allowing PAs to Provide Admission Duties

March 4, 2014 - 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

March 4, 2014 - The Iowa Physician Assistant Society successfully lobbied state legislators to pass a bill that appropriated $400,000 for PA and nurse practitioner student rural loan repayment when matching local funds are provided. Read More

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

March 4, 2014 - On Feb. 11, the Arkansas Department of Health adopted a regulation amending rules and regulations pertaining to immunization requirements that authorizes child care facilities to accept immunization records recorded by a PA in lieu of receiving the varicella vaccine. Read More

Changes to Ohio Regulations Favor PAs

February 18, 2014 - 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

February 12, 2014 - 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, passed away on Dec. 19. He was 64. Read More

Indiana Medicaid Recognizes PA Practice in Behavioral Health

January 24, 2014 - 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. PAs are included within the new rule as "authorized healthcare professionals" and "qualified behavioral health professionals." Read More