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Major PA Victory in Michigan

Dec. 21, 2016 (Updated Dec. 23, 2016) - PAs in Michigan are applauding the enactment of House Bill 5533, which increases patient access to healthcare by modernizing and updating how PAs practice. Read More

Health Experts Update Women’s Preventative Services Guidelines

Dec. 20, 2016 - The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) is proud to endorse of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s (ACOG) “Women’s Preventive Services Initiative” (WPSI), a comprehensive collection of the most up-to-date preventive healthcare services for women. Read More

2016 Top 5 Social News

Dec. 19, 2016 - It has been a memorable year for the PA profession! We have rounded up the Top 5 social news stories that you’ve liked, shared and commented on in 2016.  Read More

AAPA President's Letter Regarding New VA Rule

Dec. 14, 2016 - Dear AAPA Members: I wanted to let you know about an important development at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA has finalized a rule that gives advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), with the exception of nurse anesthetists, full practice authority within the VA. Read More

AAPA Urged VA to Grant Full Practice Authority to PAs; VA Extended Authority Only to APRNs

Dec. 13, 2016 - As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs today announced new rules granting Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRN’s) full practice authority in the VA system, the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) is actively working with senior officials at the VA to institute a similar rule for PAs. Read More

Congress Passes 21st Century Cures Act That Includes PA Provisions

Dec. 8, 2016 - On December 7, the Senate followed the House of Representatives and passed the 21st Century Cures Act by an overwhelming majority. The legislation will accelerate Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatments, therapies, and drugs by modernizing FDA regulations considered by Congress to unnecessarily delay the approval of new drugs and devices. Read More

National Library of Medicine Spotlights PA Profession

Nov. 21, 2016 - To celebrate the impact PAs have had on the U.S. healthcare system over the past 50 years, the U.S. National Library of Medicine launched a new online and traveling exhibition called “Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care.” Read More

HHS Announcement on PAs Applying for Waivers to Prescribe Buprenorphine

Nov. 17, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week announced that PAs may begin applying for waivers to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorders in February 2017. Read More

Joint Task Force on the Future of PA Practice Authority

Nov. 14, 2016 - After 50 years, we believe that the PA profession has demonstrated a commitment to competent and quality care for our patients. It is natural for our profession to seek to define its future. After initial deliberations, the Joint Task Force on the Future of PA Practice Authority, which was established in July, believes the profession should consider and commit to a process that gives PAs "Full Practice Authority and Responsibility." Read More

AAPA President Josanne Pagel Honors Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members

Nov. 11, 2016 - On behalf of AAPA’s Board of Directors and staff, I would like to recognize our veteran and active-duty service members as the nation celebrates Veterans Day. Read More

New Resource for PAs Seeking Waiver for OTPs

Nov. 9, 2016 - In partnership with the Society of PAs in Addiction Medicine, AAPA’s constituent organization outreach and advocacy team coauthored a new constituent organization resource for PAs treating patients with opioid addiction. Read More

South Dakota Medical Board Repeals In-Person Meeting Requirements for PAs

Nov. 4, 2016 - At the urging of the South Dakota Academy of PAs and AAPA, the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners recently voted unanimously to repeal a rule that required PAs and physicians to meet in person at least once a month and if the PA was located at a different practice setting, required an in-person meeting at the remote setting every 90 days. Read More

RWJF-Funded Program to Diversify Healthcare Workforce Now Includes Pre-PA Students

Nov. 4, 2016 - Pre-PA students are now eligible to attend the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP). This free, six-week summer enrichment program seeks to increase the racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of students who enter the health professions. Read More

A Comparison of Conventional and Expanded PA Hospitalist Staffing Models at a Community Hospital

Oct. 18, 2016 - In an article recently published in the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, researchers found that an expanded PA hospitalist staffing model at a community hospital provided similar outcomes and a lower cost of care than a conventional one. Read More

ARC-PA Announces Nine New PA Programs

Oct. 12, 2016 - In September, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) awarded provisional accreditation to nine new PA programs. Read More

AAPA Partners with the CDC and The Pew Charitable Trusts to Support Appropriate Antibiotic Use

Oct. 5, 2016 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Pew Charitable Trusts released a Joint Statement supporting appropriate antibiotic use. Read More

NCCPA Revises Potential Changes to the PA Recertification Exam

Sept. 19, 2016 – NCCPA advised AAPA, PAEA and ARC-PA at our meeting in Atlanta on Sept. 6 that it is considering an alternative to its previous proposal for recertification testing. NCCPA did not ask the organizations present to endorse its proposal, nor did we offer to do so. Read More

CMS Offers Options for Pace of Participation in QPP Program

September 9, 2016 On Thursday, Sept. 8, CMS released a blog post that permits flexibility in the pace of implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2017. Read More

Highest Ranking Uniformed Services PA in History Retiring

Sept. 1, 2016 - Rear Adm. Epifanio “Epi” Elizondo, PhD, PA C, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS), the highest ranking PA in the uniformed services in history, is retiring after 31 years. Read More

Self-Assessment and PI-CME No Longer Required, Additional Incentives for Logging

August 26, 2016 – NCCPA has announced that self-assessment and PI-CME will no longer be required. Find out what this means for PAs. Read More

Prepare for Medicare's Quality Payment Program with AAPA's New Q&A Page

August 23, 2016 CMS’ new Quality Payment Program represents the most significant change to Medicare reimbursement policy in recent history. Read More

Help Restore the Stead Center's Veterans Memorial Garden

August 22, 2016 – The PA History Society (PAHx) is raising funds to restore the Stead Center's John McElligott Veterans Memorial Garden, a site that honors the contributions of veteran and current military PAs to the PA profession. Read More

CMS Proposes to Allow PAs to Provide Patient-Centered Care to Frail Elderly in the PACE Program

August 22, 2016 - CMS recently published a proposal to lift a longstanding ban that prevents PAs from providing medical care through the the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Read More

PAs in Maine Gain Full Prescriptive Authority

July 28, 2018 – On July 18, 2016, the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine and the Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure adopted joint rules for the regulation of PAs. Read More

PA Volunteers Needed for Medical Apps Research

July 14, 2016 – AAPA is looking for 10-15 PAs in various specialties who are willing to be interviewed and provide their thoughts and attitudes on the development of clinical apps that would be used via smartphones. Read More

PAs Eligible to Prescribe Buprenorphine for Opioid Addiction

July 13, 2016 – Over the past year, AAPA aggressively lobbied for PAs to be part of the solution to the nation’s opioid epidemic. As a result of our efforts, PAs will soon be eligible to become waivered to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid addiction. Read More

Special CME Opportunity: CDC Webinar for PAs on Zika & Pregnancy

July 11, 2016 – In a landmark partnership, the CDC and AAPA will present a free webinar on Zika and pregnancy on July 28 from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The presentation qualifies as Category 1 CME. Read More

Tell CMS You Support Clarifying a PA's Ability to Order Restraint and Seclusion

July 8, 2016 – Responding to AAPA’s lobbying efforts, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule containing a provision to officially remove an antiquated regulatory term, “licensed independent practitioner,” to avoid continued confusion regarding hospitals’ utilization of PAs. Read More

Call for PA Student Writers: My Plans After Graduation

July 1, 2016 – The flexibility of the PA profession allows us all to practice medicine in various specialties, subspecialties, primary care, population health, public policy, internationally, and beyond. Do you have any fascinating plans after PA school? Read More

PA Sports Physicals Recognized in Indiana

June 29, 2016 – The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) recently announced it will immediately recognize sports physicals and forms signed by PAs and nurse practitioners. Read More

Report: 2016 AMA Annual House of Delegates Meeting

June 28, 2016 – The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted policies calling for an immediate end to any mandatory recertification exams, asked Congress to overturn legislation that prohibits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching gun violence, and adopted ethical standards for telemedicine and telehealth technologies among other actions during its annual meeting June 11-15 in Chicago. Read More

Sleep study standard open for public comment

June 27, 2016 – A proposed standard from Joint Commission would limit sleep study interpretation to physicians who are board certified in sleep medicine, who have completed a fellowship in sleep medicine, or who have demonstrated competence as attested to by a physician who is board certified in sleep medicine. Read More

AAPA President Joins POLITICO Experts Panel on Scope of Practice in ACA Era

June 21, 2016 – AAPA President Jeffrey A. Katz, PA-C, DFAAPA, represented PAs on a POLITICO panel held on Capitol Hill today. Comprised of leading healthcare policy and medical experts, the panel examined several key issues, including broadening and enhancing the healthcare workforce particularly in primary care, mental health and aging. Read More

AAPA Creates New Liaisons to Osteopathic Physicians and Psychiatrists

June 20, 2016 – The AAPA Board of Directors recently created two new medical liaison positions—to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The Board appointed PAs Phyllis Peterson of Texas and Melissa Bowlby of Ohio, respectively, to fill the new positions. Read More

Proposed CMS Rule Eliminates Onerous Licensed Independent Practitioner Terminology and Clarifies PAs' Ability to Provide Care

June 15, 2016 – Responding to over a decade of advocacy efforts by AAPA, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued this week a proposed rule to officially remove the antiquated regulatory term, "licensed independent practitioner” or LIP from the CMS lexicon. Read More

On the Scene of the Orlando Shooting, Florida PA Helps Triage Patients

June 13, 2016 – PA John Ferreira put his medical training to immediate use when he found himself among the survivors of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday. Read More

In Memoriam - Mike Scarano Jr., Esq.

June 6, 2016 – Mike Scarano Jr., Esq., a well-known national healthcare attorney and an expert in PA law unexpectedly passed away in May. The longtime legal counsel for the California Academy of PAs, he shaped the PA profession in the state for more than 25 years. Read More

PA Co-Authors Major Study on Antibiotic Use

May 31, 2016 – Guillermo V. Sanchez, MPH, PA C, a graduate of the George Washington University PA program, is a coauthor on a paper published in May 2016 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Read More

Minnesota Eliminates Ratio Restriction, Gains 6th and Final Key Element!

May 20, 2016 – On May 19, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed House File 1036, which removes statutory language mandating a PA-physician ratio of no greater than 5:1. Read More

HOD Approves New Guidelines for State Regulation of PAs

May 16, 2016 – The AAPA House of Delegates (HOD) approved new “AAPA Guidelines for State Regulation of PAs” that reflect the continued evolution of the Academy’s position on PA scope of practice. Read More

HOD Endorses AAPA Board’s Principles on NCCPA’s Proposed Recertification Requirements

May 16, 2016 – On the final day of its 2016 meeting, the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD) expressed its opposition to the National Commission on Certification of PAs’ (NCCPA) proposed changes to the PA recertification process, overwhelmingly passing the AAPA Board-submitted resolution (B-01), “Elimination of High Stakes Recertification Testing for PAs.”  Read More

Legislation Passed in House to Permit PAs to Prescribe Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction

May 13, 2015 – AAPA has been aggressively lobbying for the ability of PAs to be part of the solution to the nation’s opioid epidemic and this week we are seeing some of the results of that work. On May 11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 4981, the Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion & Modernization Act. HR 4981 amends federal law (DATA 2000) to permit PAs and NPs to become waivered to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid addiction.  Read More

AAPA Launches Aggressive New Advocacy Campaign

May 12, 2016 – AAPA has launched an aggressive new strategy to support one of the most important strategic commitments in AAPA’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan: to “create progressive work environments for PAs.” Over the past few months, AAPA has been working closely with a law firm to identify instances of anticompetitive behavior against PAs and to work to eliminate them. Read More

Washington State Adds PAs to State’s Mental Health Code

April 6, 2016 – PAs in Washington State are celebrating Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent signing of SB 6445 which adds PAs to 22 sections of the state’s mental health code. Read More

2016 AAPA Awards Recipients Announced

March 18, 2016 – The AAPA Awards Committee has announced the recipients of the 2016 AAPA Awards These awards are the highest recognition bestowed on Academy members and are awarded to PAs who have distinguished themselves in service to patients, the community and the PA profession. Meet the recipients. Read More

Florida Passes Historic PA Prescribing Legislation

March 17, 2016 – In a watershed moment for Florida PAs, lawmakers passed long awaited legislation granting PAs in the Sunshine State the ability to prescribe controlled medications. The Florida Academy of PAs strongly advocated for the bill, HB 423, which passed the Florida legislature on Friday, March 11. Read More

States Remove Barriers to PAs

March 11, 2016 – PAs and lawmakers are backing laws to give PAs the right to do what they are trained to do: practice medicine, Forbes reports. Read More

PA Makes History on ACOEM Board of Directors

March 1, 2016 – When the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) board of directors convenes on April 13, 2016, Jack C. Lasoski, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA, will make history as the first PA elected to the board, where he will serve a three-year term. Read More

Houston Chronicle: Study backs quality of NP, PA care

February 26, 2016 – The Houston Chronicle reports that a new study from researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston demonstrates that there is no difference in the quality of care PAs and NPs deliver when compared to physicians. Read More

AAPA Endorses New Report on Team Based Care from American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

February 23, 2016 – Working in collaboration with AAPA, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a new report this week on the role of team-based care in the practice setting. Read More