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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%).
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.
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.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) welcomed Nick Rossi to their board of directors as the student representative.
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
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.
New law improves physician-PA ratio, removes on-site requirement and
calls for modernization of physician assistant regulations in the state.
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.
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.
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.