American Academy of Physician Assistants

Issue Briefs

AAPA issue briefs cover a wide range of topics that are important to PAs and PA practice. (Documents are in PDF format.)

Professional Issues

PAs and Team Practice
PA Scope of Practice
Physician Assistants and Orthopaedic Physician Assistants: The Distinctions
PA-OPA Comparison Chart
PAs and Practice Ownership 
Hiring a PA


Education

PA Education–Preparation for Excellence


Hospital Practice

Physician Assistants in the ICU: A Critical Presence  


PAs and Specialty Practice

Physician Assistants in Surgery
Physician Assistants in Allergy and Immunology Medicine
Physician Assistants in Cardiology
Physician Assistants in Dermatology
Physician Assistants in Emergency Medicine
Physician Assistants in Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Physician Assistants in Geriatrics
Physician Assistants in Nephrology
Physician Assistants in Neurosurgery
Physician Assistants in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Physician Assistants in Occupational Medicine: Promoting Employee Health
Physician Assistants in Oncology
Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery
Physician Assistants in Otolaryngology
Physician Assistants in Palliative Care
Physician Assistants in Pediatrics
Physician Assistants in Plastic Surgery
Physician Assistants in Primary Care
Physician Assistants in Psychiatry
Physician Assistants in Rheumatology
Physician Assistants in Urology


Reimbursement Issues 

Third-Party Reimbursement for PAs
Antitrust Implications of Negotiating with Third-Party Payers


State Law Issues

The Six Key Elements of a Modern PA Practice Act
PA Scope of Practice 
PA Prescribing
Evaluating and Certifying Health Status  
Chart Cosignature: What Is Best for Patient Care?