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Sound Team-Based Care Transforms and Improves Heart Health, Says New ACC Policy

May 21, 2015 - Cardiovascular team-based care “can transform care, improve heart health and help meet the demands of the future,” according to a new health policy statement from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Read More

PA Controlled Medication Bill on Call for Florida Special Legislative Session

May 20, 2015 - The Florida legislature has declared a special session that is slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 1, for a period of 20 days, ending at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Read More

AAPA Meets With Federal Trade Commission

May 19, 2015 - Members of AAPA’s staff recently met with attorneys from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to discuss the Supreme Court decision North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, and its implications for regulation of the PA profession. Read More

Colorado Legislation Protects Health and Safety of PAs

May 19, 2015 - On April 16, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills into law that protect emergency medical providers, including PAs. Read More

Oregon Adopts PA Fluoroscopy Bill

May 18, 2015 - On May 12, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed HB 2880, allowing PAs in Oregon to obtain a certificate to use fluoroscopy. Read More

VAPAA President Rubina DaSilva Testifies on PA Recruitment and Retention before House VA Subcommittee on Health

May 18, 2015 - Rubina DaSilva, PA-C, president of the Veterans Affairs Physician Assistant Association (VAPAA), testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (VA), on Friday, May 15. Read More

PA Educator Named Apple Distinguished Educator

May 14, 2015 - Elias Villarreal Jr., MPAS, PA-C, clinical associate professor and academic coordinator with University of Texas−Pan American PA program, was recently named an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE).  Read More

Success in Partnership: IAPA and AAPA Break Down Barriers to PA Practice in Indiana

May 11, 2015 - On May 4, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the PA Modernization Act, greatly improving patient access to care and removing unnecessary barriers to PA practice. Read More

The Joint Commission Proposes New Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement

May 13, 2015 - The Joint Commission is proposing a new advanced certification for total hip and total knee replacement, and is seeking input from the field. Read More

PA Ron Byerly Represents AAPA Before Federal Advisory Panel

May 13, 2015 - Ronald H. Byerly, a PA with Geisinger Health System (GHS), recently represented AAPA before a federal advisory panel, speaking on practice innovation and interdisciplinary education. Read More

PA on National Parkinson’s Quality Panel

May 12, 2015 - Karen Freshwater, PA-C, an expert in the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), is putting her experience to good use as the AAPA representative on a PD quality measures workgroup convened by the American Academy of Neurology. Read More

Iowa Governor Signs PA Emergency Commitment Legislation

April 30, 2015 - On April 17, Gov. Terry Branstad signed Senate File 201 into law. The new law, a joint effort of the Iowa Society of PAs and the American Academy of PAs, is a giant leap forward as it will allow PAs to communicate without delay with a magistrate when a patient is a danger to himself or others, and needs emergency involuntary hospitalization. Read More

Oklahoma Governor Signs Legislation Increasing Patient Access to Care and Improving PA Practice

April 29, 2015 - On April 21, 2015, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 753 into law. The new legislation allows practices to determine the extent of onsite supervision, as well as making other improvements to PA practice in the state. Read More

Fund Your Project − Apply for a Pedersen Humanitarian Grant

April 28, 2015 - The Physician Assistant Foundation is accepting applications for the Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Humanitarian Assistance Grant Program. Read More

PA Named Chair of Vermont Board of Medical Practice

April 27, 2015 - In January 2015, William Hoser, MS, PA-C, was elected chair of the Read More

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