Hawaii PAs Obtain Full Prescriptive Authority

Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a rule proposal authorizing PAs to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances, now giving Hawaii PAs full prescriptive authority. The Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants (HAPA) worked closely with the Hawaii Medical Board to achieve this measure and was persistent in expediting the rule adoption after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s reclassification of hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II

Building a Challenge Bowl Team

The Challenge Bowl competition is reliably one of the highlights of the AAPA conferences, bringing in hundreds of attendees for this event and including over 70 PA programs from across the nation. In light of the competitive nature among the students, one of the challenges is to continue to view this as a game, a place where accumulated knowledge and serious preparation meets the luck of knowing a random piece of medical knowledge.

Making PA History at the White House

Maj. Saibatu Mansaray-Knight, U.S. Army, SP, PA-C, recently became the first medical officer to be selected as the Army military aide to the vice president of the United States.

2015 Medicare Surgical Assist Exclusion List

The 2015 Medicare Surgical Assist Exclusion List is now available. Medicare will not pay for an assistant at surgery on procedures deemed necessary in fewer than 5 percent of surgical cases nationally. The payment exclusion applies to all first assistants, PAs, MDs and NPs.

PAs in Administration: TV News Reporter Finds Her Calling in PA Leadership Role

For Sheri A. Shebairo, MBA, PA-C, getting to the bottom of an issue has been a driving force throughout her professional life. Her first career was as a television news reporter in New York, but she always knew she wanted to have a more personal impact on the lives of others. Shebairo’s curiosity and eagerness to learn led her to make the life changing decision to pursue a career in healthcare.

Public Health Service Academy of PAs

The Public Health Service Academy of PAs (PHSAPA) renders services to the medical profession and the public, while advocating for the unique needs of their constituent PAs. The PHSAPA is the AAPA constituent organization for active duty and retired PAs of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), Coast Guard and many civil service PAs employed within the federal government.

PAs Included in New Telemedicine Guidelines in Washington State

On Oct. 3, the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission (MQAC) adopted guidelines for the appropriate use of telemedicine that include PAs. The new guidelines define “practitioner” to include PAs and physicians regulated by the state’s allopathic board and emphasize how the use of telemedicine increases access to healthcare.

Missouri Governor Signs Bills Recognizing Assistant Physicians

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law Senate Bills 716 and 754. These bills contain language calling on the Missouri Board of Healing Arts to license “assistant physicians,” who are medical school graduates who have not yet completed a residency. AAPA voiced its opposition to the assistant physician concept on its PAs Connect blog and in local and national media, and the American Medical Association (AMA) also responded to this concept.

A Day in the Life of a PA in Primary Care

I’ve been working in family medicine for two years now. Some things we do every day may seem routine, but there is nothing ordinary about how we care for our patients. Here is a recent day at my practice.