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Statement from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) on March 26th U.S. House passage of H.R. 2, The Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act

March 27, 2015 - AAPA congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives on passage of H.R. 2, The Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act, by a vote of 392-37. Read More

Loyola University Chicago’s Annals of Health Law Publishes Perspective on Promising Future of Physician Assistants

The PA profession is a true healthcare innovation, according to an article published in the most recent edition (volume 24, issue 1) of the prestigious Annals of Health Law, The Health Policy and Law Review of Loyola University Chicago. “Access and Innovation in a Time of Rapid Change: Physician Assistant Scope of Practice,” analyzes the evolution of the profession over its first half century, and looks at the various legal factors that contributed to the increasingly vital role PAs play in the delivery of healthcare. Read More

Hawaii PAs Obtain Full Prescriptive Authority

April 23, 2015 - Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a rule proposal authorizing PAs to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances, now giving Hawaii PAs full prescriptive authority.  Read More

Making PA History at the White House

April 10, 2015 - 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. Read More

Currently Accepting Grant Applications—The PA Foundation

April 10, 2015 - The PA Foundation is accepting applications (until April 24) for the first set of IMPACT grants, to be announced during AAPA Conference, May 23−27, in San Francisco. Read More

Alabama Governor Appoints PA to New Task Force

April 9, 2015 - On Monday, April 6, 2015, Gov. Robert Bentley signed an executive order creating the Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force. Read More

Kentucky Governor Signs PA Ratio Improvement Bill

April 9, 2015 - On April 3, 2015,  Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed House Bill 258 into law. The bill increases the number of PAs who may work with a physician from 2 to 4 at any one time. Read More

In Memoriam: PA David Michael Jones

March 26, 2015 - David Michael Jones, MPAS, PA-C, one of the first PAs in the U.S. to receive independent prescription-writing authority, and one of the first in the country to own and operate his own health center, died peacefully in his Condon, Ore., home on Jan. 23, 2015, after a nearly yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 69. Read More

ISO Specialty Medicine Movers and Shakers

ISO PAs who love the politics of specialty medicine, are fellow members of AAPA, belong to a relevant PA specialty society, are recognized by their peers, are grace under fire, the picture of restraint yet speak strongly when needed, are coalition builders, dealmakers, and tireless advocates for the PA profession. Read More

Increasing PA Workforce a Top Priority for South Dakota

March 31, 2015 - Faced with an aging population, rural demographic and a high dependence on federal spending, South Dakota is using technology and recruitment to meet its healthcare needs. The state encourages people to consider careers in medicine, including becoming PAs. Read More

Now Available − JAAPA's April Issue

Read the latest edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the award-winning, peer-reviewed clinical journal of AAPA. In this issue, you can earn AAPA Category I CME credit, find out more about the business of medicine, access a review article on exertional rhabdomyolysis and more. Read More

SDPA and AAPA Meet With AAD Regarding the DermCare Team

March 25, 2015 - Society of Dermatology PA leaders, AAPA’s liaison to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), Robert Higham, MPAS, PA-C, and AAPA staff met with AAD leaders on March 22 at the AAD Annual Conference in San Francisco to discuss AAD's restrictive DermCare Team initiative. Read More

Attention PAs in Neonatal and Pediatric ICUs

March 25, 2015 - A call for PAs working in neonatal intensive care units and pediatric intensive care units to contact AAPA to provide input in order to help remove a barrier to PAs working in these units in California. Read More

New AAPA Special Interest Group

March 20, 2015 - On Friday, March 6, the AAPA Board of Directors approved the 19th special interest group by recognizing the Society for Early Career PAs.  Read More

Attention PAs in Dermatology: Action Needed!

March 16, 2015 - As you may already know, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recently announced its new initiative, the DermCare Team. Unfortunately, participation in the initiative requires teams to sign an attestation that is restrictive to PA practice. Read More

Meet the 2014 PA Foundation Scholarships Winners

March 12, 2015 - The PA Foundation scholarships winners have been selected! Read More

Forbes Highlights Nationwide Demand for PAs

March 4, 2015 - PAs were the fifth most-hired medical professional in 2014 according to The Medicus Firm.  Read More

Take the AAPA Salary Survey

February 27, 2015 - Do your part to support the PA profession. And help your fellow PAs get an accurate picture of PA salaries by state and specialty by taking the AAPA Salary Survey 2015. Read More

Breaking: Supreme Court Issues Ruling Against North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners

February 26, 2015 - In a 6-3 decision that holds implications for regulatory boards throughout the country, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Read More

AAPA and SDPA Respond to AAD Initiative with Restrictive Requirements

February 26, 2015 - The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recently announced the DermCare Team. While this new program has a commendable premise of inclusion of all team members, AAPA and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) oppose the program’s restrictive attestation requirement and have written a letter outlining their concerns to the AAD President and DermCare Team Implementation Workgroup. Read More

PAs Part of the Solution to Challenges in Tennessee and Florida

February 25, 2015 - Both Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee and Gov. Rick Scott of Florida recently stressed the impact of healthcare on the U.S. economy at the State Solutions Conference held last week. Read More

New Mexico Academy Advocates for Improved Patient Access

February 24, 2015 - Members of the New Mexico Academy of PAs and students from the University of New Mexico PA Program gathered at the New Mexico Statehouse in mid-February to urge lawmakers to adopt legislation that would improve patient access to healthcare. Read More

Nevada PAs Halt Restrictive PA Legislation

February 19, 2015 - Legislation that aims to impose new restrictive requirements on PA practice in Nevada has been halted after the persistent opposition of the Nevada Academy of Physician Assistants. Read More

Chesapeake Physician Magazine Highlights Value of PAs

February 12, 2015 - An article published in the Chesapeake Physician features 2014 legislation that increased access to PAs in rural areas of Maryland. Read More

5 State Licensing Tips for PAs

July 31, 2014 (updated Feb. 3, 2015) - Make sure you get licensed in a timely fashion. Read More

Indiana PA Modernization Act—IAPA Rallies at State House

February 6, 2015 - Nearly 200 PAs and PA students gathered at the Indiana State Capitol in late January to participate  Read More

CDC Health Alert : Diagnosing Measles

The United States is experiencing a large multi state measles outbreak that started in California in December 2014 and has spread to six additional states and Mexico. From December 28, 2014, through January 21, 2015, 51 confirmed cases of measles Read More

Removing Barriers to PA Practice Leads to Big Savings

January 23, 2015 - Improving PA and NP laws and regulations could save states millions in healthcare costs, according to a recently completed cost analysis. Read More

2015 Medicare Surgical Assist Exclusion List

January 16, 2015 - The 2015 Medicare Surgical Assist Exclusion List is now available. Read More

California PAs Win Removal of Barrier to Care

January 14, 2015 - On Dec. 17, the Medical Board of California adopted a rule revision that allows PAs to act as first or second assistant in surgery without the personal presence of the physician. Read More

England Wants American PAs

December 29, 2014 - England’s National Health Service seeks to partner with U.S. healthcare providers on the National Physician Associate Expansion Programme. Read More

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure Removes 30-Minute Proximity Requirement

December 23, 2014 - The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants (KAPA) commends the recent decision of the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure (KBML) to abolish the requirement that physicians and PAs maintain proximity within 30 minutes.  Read More

Public Health Service Academy of PAs

December 12, 2014 - An article about the Public Health Service Academy of PAs, also printed in the November issue of Read More

Collaborative Highlights Interdisciplinary Education

December 19, 2014 - A description of a report released by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) on interdisciplinary education programs. Read More

PA Victories: PA Advocacy Broke Down Significant Barriers to Practice in 2014

December 19, 2014 - PAs across the country were actively engaged in government advocacy this year and have achieved many victories as a result. PAs have successfully lobbied to improve state laws and regulations and to defeat proposals that would have created unnecessary barriers to care. Read More

American Sniper: How a Former Navy SEAL Juggled PA School, Family and a Movie Career

December 11, 2014 - The final year of PA school can be tough. Clinical rotations, studying for the PANCE, looking for a job, or maybe preparing to move to a new state. Read More

PAs Respond to Negative Broadcast

November 26, 2014 - For nearly 50 years, PAs have increased patient access to medical care, improved patient outcomes and elevated patient satisfaction. This is especially true as PAs practice in new and emerging settings, like urgent care centers. Read More

Alabama Medical Board Approves Rules for PA Schedule II Rx Authority

November 18, 2014 - The rules lay out the process for PAs to apply for Schedule II prescriptive authority. Read More

Manage Chronic Kidney Disease With New Guide

November 17, 2014 - The National Kidney Disease Education Program released a new guide to help primary care providers manage chronic kidney disease. Read More

CMS Releases 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule Payment Rule

November 5, 2014 - Here are some key aspects of the fee schedule rule impacting PAs. Read More

Honoring Our Veterans

November 10, 2014 - In honor of Veterans Day, we are releasing a package of materials on veterans including videos, personal stories from PA veterans, job programs and resources for treating veterans. Read More

CDC Issues New Guidance on Protective Equipment for Ebola

October 23, 2014 - The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment healthcare workers should use. Read More

Paving the Way

October 23, 2014 - Heidi Felix, chair of AAPA’s Commission on Research and Strategic Initiatives, wants your input on how to increase the number of leadership roles held by PAs. Read More

PAs Included in New Telemedicine Guidelines in Washington State

October 23, 2014 - 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. Read More

How You Can Help During the Ebola Crisis

October 16, 2014 - John Oliphant, PA-C, has launched an organization to help PAs in Liberia. You can get involved. Read More

California Governor Signs Bill Authorizing PAs to Certify Disability

September 25, 2014 - SB 1083 amends the definition of practitioner to include PAs and creates consistency in the laws authorizing PAs to certify disability claims. Read More

Be Prepared for Ebola

October 3, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a health advisory on evaluating patients for possible Ebola virus in response to the first Ebola case in the U.S. Read More

Beware the National Board of Physician Assistants

October 1, 2014 - We are not affiliated with the National Board of Physician Assistants and do not endorse any of its activities or programs. 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

5 Tips for Getting Into PA School

June 25, 2014 - Kimberly Mackey, MPAS, PA-C, offers some advice on navigating the pre-PA school track. Read More