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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

Hawaii PAs Meet With Governor’s Office on Schedule II Prescribing Authority

September 17, 2014 - Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants leaders urged rapid implementation of regulations authorizing PAs to prescribe Schedule II medication. Read More

Nevada Medical Board Indefinitely Postpones New Chart Co-Signature Provision

September 10, 2014 - The Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners postponed a minimum 5 percent monthly chart co-signature requirement. Read More

Massachusetts Recognizes PA Role in Clearing Athletes for Sports

August 21, 2014 - The regulation includes PAs in the list of healthcare professionals authorized to medically clear an athlete to return to play. Read More

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week

September 3, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, Nov. 17-23, is designed to raise awareness about the threat of antibiotic resistance and the need to decrease inappropriate antibiotic use. Read More

PA Leaders Attend Oral Health Summit

August 29, 2014 - Twenty PA leaders, including AAPA representatives, participated in the 5th PA Oral Health Leadership Summit Aug. 14-16. Read More

New Fluoride Recommendations to Prevent Dental Caries

August 29, 2014 - The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends fluoridated toothpaste for all children starting at tooth eruption, regardless of caries risk. Read More

Remembering Thomas R. Russell, MD

August 25, 2014 - Daniel Vetrosky, PA-C, PhD, DFAAPA, reflects on the career of a great supporter of PAs and team medicine. Read More

DEA Publishes Final Rule to Reclassify Hydrocodone Combination Products

August 22, 2014 - AAPA opposed the decision, which hurts patients and limits the healthcare professionals who are qualified to prescribe the medications. Read More

PA Experts Review Patient-Centered Care Standards

August 21, 2014 - Volunteers from three PA specialty organizations recently provided AAPA staff with clinical perspectives on draft standards for a new “Patient-Centered Connected Care” recognition. Read More

Is Your Practice a Model of Collaborative Care?

August 21, 2014 - The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is updating its guide on collaborative care. Your practice could be included as an example. Read More

New Hampshire PAs Can Now Authorize Walking Disability Plates and Placards

August 21, 2014 - The new law adds PAs to the list of healthcare providers who are authorized to certify a walking disability for license plates and placards. Read More

Realizing Our Potential, Recognizing Our Value

August 12, 2014 - An interview with AAPA President John G. McGinnity. Read More

Banner Week for America's PAs

August 2, 2014 - The profession gets top-tier coverage in The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report. Read More

U.S. News & World Report Has 10 Reasons to See a PA

August 1, 2014 - AAPA President John McGinnity is quoted in their slideshow on why Americans should see a PA. Read More

House and Senate Agree on Legislation to Respond to VA Healthcare Crisis

August 1, 2014 - PAs could be targeted for increased hiring through provisions. Read More

Texas Medicaid to Contract With MCOs That Use PAs as Primary Care Providers

July 29, 2014 - The Texas Health and Human Services Commission adopted new regulations on July 15 that require HHSC to contract with managed care organizations that use PAs as primary care providers to provide healthcare services to Medicaid recipients. Read More