AAPA Asks Secretary Wilkie, Veterans Health Administration for Full Practice Authority for PAs at VA
Request Underscores Importance of Maximizing PA Workforce During COVID-19 Crisis
April 3, 2020
AAPA President David E. Mittman, PA, DFAAPA, today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie and Richard A. Stone, M.D., Executive in Charge, Veterans Health Administration, requesting swift action to maximize the VA’s PA workforce.
In the letter, AAPA urges the VA to take measures to expeditiously to ensure the VA’s PA workforce is empowered to practice to the top of their education, training and experience in order to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to also make long-term improvements to access to quality healthcare across VA facilities.
“Moving expeditiously to remove physician collaboration requirements and grant full practice authority to PAs working at the VA will allow the federal government to fully mobilize these highly educated and trained providers and increase access to high-quality healthcare to the veterans who receive their care through the VA.,” Mittman states in the letter.