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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

PA Demand Rivals That Of Primary Care Doctors

February 19, 2016 – PAs are so in demand to treat the nation’s newly insured patients they are coming close to primary care physicians as the health professional most in need at U.S. hospitals and health systems,  Forbes reports. Read More

Legislation Marks New Era for PAs in New Jersey

January 28, 2016 – On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed S1184. The legislation will result in PAs in the Garden State gaining three additional Key Elements of a Modern PA Practice Act, bringing New Jersey’s total to five! Read More

Washington State Clarifies PA Authority Regarding Restraint and Seclusion

January 26, 2016 – On January 19, the State of Washington enacted rules clarifying that PAs may exercise the same authority as physicians regarding restraint and seclusion of patients in private psychiatric hospitals. The rules provide that PAs and psychiatric ARNPs in private psychiatric hospitals may authorize the use of restraint and seclusion and may examine the patient and renew the order. Read More

PAs Ranked as Top Job by U.S. News & World Report

January 26, 2016 – As the U.S. job market improves, U.S. News & World Report today released the 2016 Best Jobs rankings to help job seekers at every level take advantage of new opportunities and make smarter career decisions. See what U.S. News Report has to say about the promising future for PAs. Read More

Significant Growth in Certified PAs

January 21, 2016 – As of Dec. 31, 2015, there are now more than 108,500 certified PAs, reports National Commission on Certification of PAs. This number is up from 104,000 and demonstrates the significant growth of the profession. And Read More

AAPA Earns Kudos From CDC

January 6, 2016 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recognized AAPA’s efforts to provide PAs with timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats. Read More

Applications Open for AAPA Awards

January 4, 2016 – Do you know an exceptional PA who demonstrates exemplary service to the PA profession and the community? Encourage them to apply for an AAPA Award.  Read More

Opportunity to Participate in a Project with the National Board of Medical Examiners

December 29, 2015 – The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is developing an assessment tool for PAs, NPs and physicians who work in urgent care. Read More

Oregon Adopts Rules for PA Fluoroscopy Permit

December 16, 2015 – The Oregon Board of Medical Imaging adopted rules to implement the PA fluoroscopy bill passed by the Oregon legislature in the spring. Read More

Gerontological Society of America Announces the Opening of Applications for 4 ICAMP Academies

December 11, 2015 – The Gerontological Society of America announces the opening of applications for 4 ICAMP Academies in 2016! Read More

UTRGV PA Program Earns Second Apple Recognition

December 4, 2015 – The PA program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been recognized by Apple for its use of iPads in the classroom. Read More

Wanted: PA Professional Is Looking for a Student Editor

December 4, 2015 – PA Professional, the leading news resource for PAs, seeks a PA student to serve as assistant editor of First Rounds (FR), the magazine’s student news section. Read More

Help Update the Guidelines for State Regulation of PAs

November 30, 2015 – Initially drafted in 1988 and amended periodically, AAPA’s “Guidelines for State Regulation of PAs” is a position paper adopted by the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD). It describes critical elements of professional regulation and the Academy’s view on how PAs Read More

Joint Commissions Seeks Input on Proposed Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard

November 25, 2015 – The Joint Commission is seeking input on a new proposed antimicrobial stewardship standard for the Ambulatory Health Care, Office-Based Surgery, Hospital, Critical Access Hospital and Nursing Care Centers accreditation programs. Read More

NCCPA – Proposed Changes to PANRE and CAQs

November 12, 2015 – In an article in their November newsletter (copy included below), NCCPA provided information about a proposed new recertification model and an upcoming comment period. Read More

AAPA Salutes America’s Veterans

November 10, 2015 – AAPA honors Veterans Day with letter to America’s PAs. Read More

AAPA Leaders Discuss Key Healthcare Issues on National Websites

November 9, 2015 – Several AAPA leaders have received national coverage this week as they talk about key issues facing our healthcare system today. Read More

GOOD Legislation Introduced in the House

November 9, 2015 – On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, Reps. Ann Kuster, D-N.H., and Joe Heck, R-Nev., introduced H.R.3974, the Grow Our Own Directive (GOOD): Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2015. H.R.3974 is the House companion bill to S.2134, which was introduced in October by Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan. Read More

Roslyn Resident Wins Maimonides Award, Launches Career in Robotics

November 6, 2015 – Matthew Stamm, of Roslyn, N.Y., was named recipient of the Maimonides Award from Touro College School of Health Sciences during the school’s commencement ceremony at the Tilles Performing Arts Center on Long Island. Stamm, who graduated from the Touro College PA program in Manhattan, was one of nine graduates selected to receive the award for demonstrating the highest professional ideals of a health sciences practitioner. Read More

PAs, Psychiatrist Offer Insights on Collaboration during APA Meeting

October 30, 2015 – In a timely convergence between National PA Week and Mental Illness Awareness Week, a panel of PAs and a consult psychiatrist provided insights into the value of team-based psychiatric care during the Institute on Psychiatric Services meeting (American Psychiatric Association) in New York City earlier this month. Read More

AAPA Board Approves Two New Constituent Organizations

October 29, 2015 – During its Oct. 26 meeting, the AAPA Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve two new constituent organizations (COs). Read More

PCMH Recognition Program Invites Redesign Input

October 21, 2015 − The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which published its first set of patient-centered medical home (PCMH) standards in 2011, is working on “an ambitious redesign” of the recognition program and has invited input from “team members that live the PCMH model every day.” Read More

AAPA Joins White House at Event Announcing New Efforts in Addressing Opioid Addiction

October 21, 2015 − AAPA, a member of CO*RE, joins the Obama Administration and a number of public and private sector partners to announce new efforts to address the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. Read More

President of Society for Vascular Surgery Salutes AAPA, National PA Week

October 8, 2015 − The President of the Society for Vascular Surgery in celebration of PA Week thanks America’s PAs for their hard work and dedication in caring for patients. Read More

California Improves Chart Co-Signature Requirements for PAs

October 6, 2015 – California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that improves documentation requirements for PAs in California. Senate Bill (SB) 337, sponsored by the California Academy of PAs (CAPA), adds flexibility to the state’s current chart co-signature requirements that will allow for a reduction in the number of charts that are required to be co-signed by a physician. Read More

PA Contributes to New ACOG Prevention Guidelines

October 1, 2015 – A well-woman task force convened by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)—and including PA representation—released its guidelines in the October 2015 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Read More

Legislature Overrides Governor: Missouri PAs Now Able to Sign Death Certificates

September 24, 2015 − On Sept. 16, the general assembly enacted legislation allowing PAs to sign death certificates over the objections of Governor Jay Nixon, who vetoed the bill in July. Read More

Update: American Academy of Dermatology’s DermCare Team

September 17, 2015 − The leadership of the Society of Dermatology PAs (SDPA) and AAPA continue to communicate our concerns about the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) DermCare Team program. Our primary area of disagreement with the DermCare Team is that members would be required to attest that a dermatologist would provide “direct on-site supervision.” The fact that this requirement is inconsistent with state laws and with standard practice was communicated to AAD in writing, and during meetings with AAD leaders. Read More

Federation of State Medical Boards Finalizes Interstate Compact

September 26, 2014 - The current version of the Compact is limited to physicians, and AAPA's president has requested PA inclusion. Read More

Breaking: Alabama Board of Medical Examiners Repeals Telehealth Rules Based on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

September 14, 2015 − In February, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a ruling in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission against the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners (Board) that found that the Board illegally obstructed lower-priced competition by engaging in anticompetitive conduct. Read More

AAPA Urges Puerto Rico Healthcare Coalition to Consider PAs When Addressing Healthcare Crisis

September 11, 2015 − In August, AAPA sent a letter to Dennis Rivera, chairman of the Puerto Rico Healthcare Crisis Coalition. Rivera was quoted in this New York Times article discussing the healthcare crisis in Puerto Rico. AAPA urged Rivera to include authorizing PA practice in Puerto Rico as he advocates for solutions to the island’s healthcare crisis. The letter can be viewed in full here. Read More

Sobel Elected AAPA Secretary-Treasurer

September 3, 2015 − Jonathan Sobel, PA-C, MBA, DFAAPA, FAPACVS, of Rockville Centre, New York, is the new American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) secretary-treasurer. Sobel will fill the vacancy created when former Secretary-Treasurer Josanne Pagel was elected as the Academy’s president-elect. He will serve in the post through June 30, 2016. Read More

PAs Recognized by Colorado’s Division of Workers’ Compensation

August 25, 2015 − Thanks to the hard work of the Colorado Academy of PAs (CAPA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation recently adopted several rule changes that improve PA practice. Read More

California Authorizes PAs to Sign POLST Forms

August 24, 2015 – On Aug. 17, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 637, which authorizes PAs and NPs to sign POLST forms. This bill increases access to healthcare providers to discuss and document a patient’s end-of-life decisions regarding resuscitative and life-sustaining measures. The California Academy of PAs supported the bill, which was cosponsored by the California Medical Association and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. Read More

PA Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

August 21, 2015 − The Board of Trustees of the Physician Assistant Foundation (PA Foundation), the charitable arm of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), in conjunction with AAPA CEO Jenna L. Dorn, is pleased to introduce Lynette Sappe-Watkins as the PA Foundation’s executive director. She will lead the PA Foundation in pursuit of its mission to empower physician assistants (PAs) and PA students to engage in philanthropic programs that will improve health. Read More

North Carolina Legislation Creates a PA Seat on the Medical Board

August 12, 2015 − PAs in North Carolina are celebrating the recent enactment of House Bill 724. The legislation expands the membership of the North Carolina Medical Board from 12 to 13 members, and ensures that both PAs and NPs have an active role in the regulation of their respective professions. Read More

Board Approves 2015−16 Advisory Commission Charges

August 11, 2015 - During their July meeting, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Board of Directors approved the 2015−2016 charges for the AAPA Advisory Commissions. The high-level and strategic work of the four commissions is designed to support AAPA’s position as a thought leader. The specific charges of a commission for any fiscal year are dependent on the direction of the board of directors, based on the AAPA Strategic Plan, policy direction from the AAPA House of Delegates and the current healthcare environment. Read More

NCQA Wants Your PCMH Quality Improvement Success Stories

August 10, 2015 - The policy world remains too much in the dark about PA contributions to patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs). If your PCMH practice has a successful quality improvement (QI) process that features excellent PA contributions, please consider contacting the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to share your story. Read More