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Press Releases
Oregon Expands Access to Quality Medicine 2014-04-03

A monumental piece of legislation has improved access to quality care for Oregon patients. The 55-page SB 1548 clarifies and updates 75 areas of state law to improve the ways that PAs practice medicine. The bill was recently signed into law by Gov. John Kitzhaber and goes into effect on July 1. Read More

Bill O'Reilly Gets It Wrong, America's PAs Set Him Straight 2014-03-06

AAPA is surprised and deeply disappointed by comments made about the PA profession during “The O’Reilly Factor” broadcast on March 4, 2014. FOX News Anchor Bill O’Reilly briefly discussed PAs during “The O’Reilly Factor” with guest Ezekiel Emanuel, MD. In a conversation about care in retail clinic settings, O’Reilly said he didn’t want “Lenny, who just came out of the community college” providing his medical care.  Read More

AAPA, SiMCare Diabetes Announce Launch of Simulated Training Program 2014-03-06

New Web-Based Training Provides Continuing Education for PAs in Diabetes Care. Diabetes affects 25 million people in the United States, and more than 79 million Americans have prediabetes. SiMCare Diabetes is now available through the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ (AAPA) Learning Central platform to address continuing education and certification of PAs in diabetes care. Read More

VA Updates Utilization Guidelines for PAs 2014-01-06

AAPA applauds a recent directive from the Veterans Health Administration (VA), one of the largest healthcare systems employing PAs, designed to enhance utilization of PAs while continuing to embrace a patient-centered and team-based approach to practicing medicine. The directive establishes new policy by authorizing PAs to practice medicine within defined levels of autonomy and to exercise autonomous medical decision-making. Read More

AAPA Lauds Congressional Progress on SGR Reform 2013-12-23

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) welcomed support for the PA profession from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate last week when the chambers moved forward with bipartisan legislation to repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and reform Medicare’s payment system. Read More

AAPA Responds to AAFP Survey on Care Providers 2013-12-19

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is extremely disappointed with a recent report from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) that undermines the foundation of team-based care and demeans the importance of PAs to patients and providers alike.   Read More

Physician Assistant Workforce Critical to Expanding Healthcare Access in Crowded U.S. Marketplace 2013-10-07

New research conducted by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) shows that the nationwide median compensation is $90,000 for PAs who are paid only a salary, and $100,000 when PAs earn a base salary plus a bonus. Across all practice settings and specialties, nearly half (46%) of PAs report receiving bonuses on top of their base salary. Bonuses are largely determined by performance outcomes such as productivity and quality improvement. Three-fourths (75%) of PAs report their base pay is from annual salary. The remaining 25 percent are primarily compensated based on an hourly wage (22%) or based on productivity measures determined through relative value units (RVUs), patient encounters, charges or collections (approximately 3%). Read More

Preceptors Can Earn CME Credit for Mentoring 2013-10-02

Physician assistant educational programs may now submit an annual application to receive eligibility to award Category 1 continuing medical education (CME) credit to their PA preceptors. Read More

AAPA Welcomes William Reynolds to its Board of Directors 2013-08-09

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) welcomes William Reynolds, MPAS, PA-C, to the Board of Directors where he will serve a one-year term as second vice speaker for the AAPA House of Delegates. Read More

AAPA Welcomes Nick Rossi as Student Representative to its Board of Directors 2013-08-09

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) welcomed Nick Rossi to their board of directors as the student representative.    Read More

AAPA Welcomes Diane Bruessow to Its Board of Directors 2013-08-09

Diane Bruessow, PA-C, DFAAPA, of Middle Village, N.Y., recently began a two-year term as director-at-large of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Read More

AAPA Welcomes Alan Bybee as Director-at-Large to its Board of Directors 2013-08-09

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) welcomes Alan Bybee, MPA, PA-C, who recently began his term as director-at-large on the Academy’s Board of Directors. Read More

Washington Patients Have Increased Access to Healthcare 2013-08-01

New law improves physician-PA ratio, removes on-site requirement and calls for modernization of physician assistant regulations in the state. Read More

Osteopathic Physicians, PAs Emphasize Team-Based Approach to Healthcare Healthcare 2013-08-01

The American Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) today released a joint paper that supports the need for physician-led, team-based care. Read More

AAPA Welcomes Bill to Increase Access to Hospice Care 2012-01-26

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) welcomes the introduction of a bill, submitted today, allowing physician assistants (PAs) to provide hospice service to Medicare beneficiaries.

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AAPA Applauds House Democrats and the Affordable Health Care for America Act 2009-10-29

On behalf of the more than 75,000 clinically practicing physician assistants (PAs) practicing in the United States, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)  congratulates Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives  for unveiling today its health care reform bill, H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Read More