American Academy of Physician Assistants

Regulatory Advocacy

Read the latest regulatory and advocacy news from AAPA.

Updates and issue briefs

CMS Clarifies Policy: PAs Authorized to Perform Hospital Admissions Duties (PDF)  

CMS Includes PAs as Authorized Providers in Community Mental Health Centers (PDF)  

CMS Issues Second Delay for Proposed Medicare DME Policy Change (PDF)  

Please check out our FAQs on the Sustainable Growth Rate Policy.


Letters and comments to federal agencies

AAPA Letter to Trump Transition Team (PDF) (Dec. 23, 2016)

AAPA Comments to OMB on CARA Waiver Form for PAs and NPs (PDF) (Dec. 21, 2016)

AAPA Comments to FMCSA on Dept. of Veterans Affairs Physicians Qualifying as Certified Medical Examiners (PDF) (Dec. 21)

AAPA Comments to Department of Veterans Affairs on APRN Final Rule (PDF) (Dec. 19, 2016)

AAPA Comments to CMS on MACRA Final Rule (PDF) (Dec. 16, 2016)

AAPA Comments to SAMHSA on CARA PA Educational Requirements (PDF) (Oct. 31, 2016)

AAPA Comments to SSA on PAs as Acceptable Medical Sources Regarding Medical Evidence of Disability (PDF) (Nov. 8, 2016)

AAPA Comments to FMCSA on Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators with Well-Controlled ITDM (PDF) (Oct. 31, 2016)

AAPA Comments to CMS on Proposed PACE Rule (PDF) (Oct. 17, 2016)

AAPA Comments to CMS on Episode Payment Models (PDF) (Oct. 3, 2016)

AAPA Comments to CMS on Medicare Proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule (PDF) (Sept. 6, 2016)

AAPA Comments to CMS on Medicare's Proposed Rule on Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (PDF) (Sept. 6, 2016)

AAPA Comments to CMS on Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care (PDF) (Aug. 15, 2016)

AAPA Comments to CMS on Patient Relationship Categories and Codes (PDF) (Aug. 15, 2016)

AAPA Comments to the Department of Veterans Affairs on Full Practice Authority for APRNs Employed by the VA (PDF) (July 22, 2016)

AAPA Comments to CMS on MACRA and the Quality Payment Program (PDF) (June 27, 2016)

AAPA Comments to FMCSA and FRA on Sleep Apnea (PDF) (June 8, 2016)

AAPA Comments to SAMHSA on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders (PDF) (May 23, 2016)

AAPA Comments to MedPAC on PAs and Telemedicine (PDF) (Mar. 10, 2016)

AAPA Response to CDC re: Proposed 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (PDF) (Jan. 11, 2016)

AAPA Comments to CMS re: Request for Information on Data Metrics and Alternative Processes for Access to Care in the Medicaid Program (PDF) (Jan. 4, 2016)

AAPA Comments to CMS re: Network Adequacy (PDF) (Dec. 21, 2015)

AAPA Comments to Dept. of Health and Human Services re: EHR Incentive Program Stage 3 and Meaningful Use (PDF) (Dec. 15, 2015)

AAPA Comments to CMS re: Request for Information on Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (PDF) (Nov. 17, 2015)

AAPA Letter to the Acting Director of OPM re: Federally Employed PAs (Nov. 13, 2015)

AAPA Letter to the Assistant Secretary of Defense re: Pay Disparity for Civilian PAs Employed by DOD (Nov. 10, 2015)

AAPA Comments to CMS re: Proposed Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities (PDF) (Sept. 14, 2015)

AAPA Comments to CMS re: Proposed Medicare 2016 Physician Fee Schedule (PDF) (Sept. 9, 2015)

AAPA Comments to CMS re: Medicaid Managed Care (PDF) (July 27, 2015)

AAPA Comments to FMCSA re: Certifying Commercial Drivers with Controlled, Insulin-Treated Diabetes (PDF) (July 1, 2015)

AAPA Comments to CMS re: FY 2016 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements (PDF) (June 26, 2015)

AAPA Comments to CMS re: EHR Incentive Program (PDF) (May 28, 2015)

AAPA Letter to Veterans Administration re: PAs as a solution to staffing shortages at the Veterans Health Administration (PDF) (Feb. 6, 2015)

AAPA Comments to CMS re: Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations (PDF) (Feb. 6, 2015)

AAPA Comments to CMS re: Proposed Medicare 2015 Physician Fee Schedule (PDF) (Sept. 2, 2014)

AAPA Comments to CMS re: Proposed Medicare 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule (PDF) (Sept. 2, 2014)

AAPA Comments to CMS re: Proposed 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update (PDF) (Aug. 27, 2014)

AAPA Letter to CMS Administrator Tavenner re: Sunshine Act CME-CE Exemption (PDF) (Aug. 22, 2014)

CMS RUC and CPT Sign-On Letter (PDF) (Aug. 13, 2014)

  AAPA Letter to VA Secretary McDonald re: His Confirmation (PDF) (Aug. 11, 2014) 

AAPA Comments to CMS re: DME (PDF) (July 28, 2014)

AAPA Comments to FTC re: Examining Healthcare Competition Workshop (PDF) (April 30, 2014)

AAPA Comments to DEA re: Proposed Rule on Hydrocodone Rescheduling (PDF) (April 16, 2014)

AAPA Letter of Support for VHA PA Directive (PDF) (Feb. 12, 2014)

Joint AAPA/AANP Letter to CMS re: Sunshine Act Proposed Regulations (PDF) (Nov. 15, 2013)

AAPA Letter to HHS on FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan (PDF) (Oct. 15, 2013)

AAPA Follow-up Letter to CMS on Hospital Admissions (PDF) (Oct. 1, 2013) 

AAPA Letter re: TRICARE DME Proposal (PDF) (Sept. 11, 2013)

AAPA Letter to CMS re: Sunshine Act Proposed Regulations (PDF) (Aug. 27, 2013)

AAPA Letter to Secretary Sebelius re: IPPS (Hospital Admission) Rules (PDF) (Aug. 13, 2013)

AAPA Comments to FDA on Hydrocodone and Schedule II (PDF) (Feb. 1, 2013)