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AAPA 2021 Main Stage Events to Feature ZDoggMD, Dr. Fauci, HGTV and Top Chef Celebs

AAPA’s first virtual conference, AAPA 2021, from May 23 to 26, will feature premier speakers during its daily Main Stage Events, from ZDoggMD at General Session on Sunday, May 23, to a Fireside Chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday, May 26.

West Virginia Association of PAs’ 2021 Legislative Priorities Signed into Law

West Virginia PAs are the latest in the country to claim a legislative win this year! On April 21, Gov. Jim Justice signed SB 714, which makes many improvements to the PA practice environment in the Mountain State.

5 Things PAs Need to Know about the New Areas of Practice Guide

AAPA’s Areas of Practice Guide is newly launched – and created just for you! It’s a one-stop shop for you to find all the information you’re looking for regarding PA practice. From salary information to first-hand perspectives, it’s covered in the Areas of Practice Guide.

Changes to E/M Codes: What PAs Need to Know

A new code structure for new and established outpatient Evaluation and Management (E/M) services is in effect. PA Emily Hill helps you understand what you need to know about the changes and how they will impact your own practice.

Asian American and Pacific Islander PAs and PA Students Reflect on AAPI Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and AAPA is celebrating the history and achievements of the AAPI PA community. We asked eight AAPI PAs and PA students to share what they’re reflecting on during AAPI Heritage Month this year.

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COVID-19 Leads to Slight Dip in Annual Physician Assistant Compensation

After years of steady growth, PA median compensation decreased slightly in 2020, falling from $111,000 in 2019 to $110,000 due in part to reduced hourly wages resulting from COVID-19, according to the 2021 AAPA Salary Report. AAPA released a digital version of its salary report today; the full report will be available in July.

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New Guidelines for Buprenorphine Treatment Provide Exemption to Burdensome Training Requirements

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released new buprenorphine practice guidelines providing an exemption to the requirement for PAs to obtain 24 hours of training prior to treating patients with buprenorphine – a major barrier to treatment for PA patients.

PA in Orthopaedic Surgery Shares What It’s Really Like in a Week

Tom Gocke, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA, has been practicing in orthopaedics for 28 years. He’s been attending Musculoskeletal Galaxy since its inception 11 years ago. He shares what his day-to-day practice looks like in a busy total joint program.

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AAPA Responds to AAEM Resident Student Association Advocating for End of PA and NP Fellowships 

In response to an open letter issued by the AAEM Resident Student Association which advocates for the end of all PA and NP “fellowships” and the replacement of non-physicians with physicians, AAPA President and Chair of the Board Beth R. Smolko, writes to AAEM President Lisa A. Moreno on behalf of the PA profession.