Constituent Organization News
On Saturday, November 5, AAPA's Board of Directors approved the newest constituent organization (CO) - PAs in Obesity Medicine. The new CO is a special interest group (SIG), bringing the total number of SIGs to 20 and the total number of COs to 111.
The Joint Task Force on the Future of PA Practice
Authority met October 8th and 9th.
This item gives a brief explanation of the CO Advocacy Awards and links to further information.
Signed into law in April, 2015, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and combined various quality and reporting programs into one: the Quality Payment Program (QPP).
As CO Outreach and Advocacy team member Rick Christiansen leaves the COOA team, we are pleased to note that he hasn’t gone far. Rick transitioned full-time to AAPA’s Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management. Yet, COOA is delighted to announce the addition of Brian Dautch, JD to the team. Meet the COOA team with new corresponding responsibilities.
Caucus and special interest groups will soon receive 2017 affiliation agreements for signature. Learn more about benefits and resources for COs.
As a constituent organization (CO) leader, it is hard enough to meet personal and professional responsibilities, let alone those on behalf of the CO. With little time and competing priorities, opportunities for CO engagement are limited – making the investment of time and attention an extremely valuable contribution. A meeting facilitator, whether the CO’s president or a committee chair, must maximize effective and efficient volunteer participation in order to maximize an organization’s resources. The following tips will help leaders get the most out of board and committee meetings.
AAPA’s partner, YourMembership, who manages AAPA’s PA JobSource, will now build your career center and integrate it into your website at no cost. This member benefit will attract new members while generating non-dues revenue.
Changes to the CCCS program are now in effect to increase outcomes data returned to AAPA in a timely manner. COs must fulfill specific outcomes-dependent requirements to earn the full stipend for hosting the CCCS.
Starting this October, PAs will have the opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the profession and raise awareness of the contributions PAs make to healthcare today and the positive impact they will have in the future.
1 marks the date that AAPA and most constituent organizations (COs) will begin
a new leadership year.
Are you planning to improve PA practice in your state by advocating for upgrades to laws and regulations? There is strength in numbers. Think broadly to create support for your initiatives from non-traditional partners.
The IRS has a new registration and electronic submission process. All organizations submitting the 990-N e-Postcard must initially register with the IRS.
A new resource has been added for Constituent Organizations which provides an analysis of AAPA’s constituent state chapters by fellow membership size, fellow membership dues rates, dues based on chapter size and dues based on region.
An invitation for constituent organization leaders to become familiar with a new tool that can help remove state PA practice barriers.
A description of a new online feature that allows Constituent Organizations to ensure that the status of their leadership is up to date.
support of a revitalized model of constituent organization engagement,
AAPA created affiliation agreements with caucuses and special interest
groups. To discuss affiliation agreements, contact COOA at email@example.com.
June 17, 2015 Most constituent organization (CO) bylaws include the election procedures for officers. However, AAPA HOD delegates are not always included in this process. As outlined in AAPA bylaws, ArticleVI, Section 2, HOD delegates
A description of new board policies pertaining to sharing AAPA data with Constituent Organizations.
constituent organizations work within their own healthcare organization
networks, they are often called upon to address issues such as cultural
competency and disparities in the healthcare workforce. Recognizing
this need the AAPA House of Delegates adopted policy in 2001 that
states, “AAPA strongly encourages each constituent organization to have a
diversity contact/committee.” (BA-2300.3.6) Consider appointing a
chapter leader to this position as your CO works with stakeholders to
diversify the healthcare workforce and improve patient access to
Wanting to partner with AAPA on federal advocacy
issues? In 2012, AAPA HOD adopted a policy that states “the AAPA
recommends that every constituent organization include a federal liaison
position on their Government Affairs Committee or comparable body to
coordinate national PA legislative efforts.” (BA-2300.3.7) For more
information please contact Kristin Butterfield, AAPA director of
grassroots advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about the most common bylaw pitfalls, and how to avoid the traps.
the Physician Payment Sunshine Act Final Rule, called CMS Open
Payments, applicable manufacturers are required to report to CMS all
payments and transfers of value to physicians beginning August 1, 2013.
PAs were not included in the Final Rule as covered recipients and as
such are not subject to the reporting requirements. The goal of the
Sunshine Act is to increase transparency of transfers of value from
industry to physicians that have the potential to create bias. It is not
intended to create barriers to participation in accredited CME where
standards are in place to ensure independence and fair balance.
As a result, CMS issued updated Frequently Asked Questions via their Open Payments website in an attempt to clarify how payments to speakers or meals associated with accredited CME events will be treated. The FAQs
include an exemption for CME activities that have been accredited by
the ACCME, AMA, AAFP, AOA, or ADA CERP. Likely due to the fact that PAs
are not subject to reporting, AAPA was not included in the list of
exempted accrediting bodies. However, as AAPA and Constituent
Organization CME conferences often include physicians as faculty, this
omission of AAPA as an exempted accrediting body means participation by
physicians as speakers or attendees will be subject to reporting.
complicated development has prompted many pharmaceutical companies to
modify their systems and policies regarding educational grants in order
to comply with the new requirements and avoid penalties. While many
companies have yet to definitively communicate their new policies, AAPA
has received initial communications from several companies that are
taking a conservative approach. Pfizer for example has indicated they
will not accept educational grant requests for activities not accredited
by one of the 5 named accrediting bodies until they have modified their
systems to accommodate the reporting requirements, likely by early
While other companies have not indicated they will stop
accepting grant requests for activities accredited by organizations like
AAPA altogether, we anticipate their concerns regarding the unclear
reporting requirements will result in fewer approvals for AAPA
accredited activities. Bottom line, for the immediately foreseeable
future, this development has the potential to significantly reduce the
availability of grant funding for AAPA accredited CME activities.
AAPA has formally adopted the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support
(SCS), we will advocate to CMS that a clarification be made to include
AAPA in the list of exempted accrediting bodies. We have also reached
out to counterparts in the pharmacy and nursing worlds, who have also
formally adopted the ACCME SCS but were not named as exempted
accrediting bodies, to understand how they anticipate these developments
will impact their organizations and potentially unify our messaging to
CMS. While resolution and clarity of this issue may not come for some
time, Constituent Organizations may also want to consider the
feasibility of pursuing ACCME accreditation through their state medical
societies or local ACCME accredited organizations and thus render their
conferences exempt from the reporting requirements.
continue to update you regarding developments on this and other issues
that affect CME conference planning. For more details regarding Sunshine
Act implementation and its effect on CME, visit the Sunshine Act
section of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health
Professions (ACEHP) website. Please contact Daniel Pace, Senior Director Education, with any questions.
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.
The summer months make us think of
annual physicals and sports participation certificates for our children.
But what about your constituent organization? Is it healthy and ready
to participate in strenuous exercise? Perhaps a constituent organization
checkup is in order.
public scrutiny is being placed on CME in general and “vacation CME” in
particular. This scrutiny is rooted in a flawed perception that PAs and
other providers may attend CME conferences to vacation as opposed to
satisfy certification maintenance requirements.
many pharmaceutical or device companies will no longer support
conferences that take place at resorts or other venues viewed as a
potential distraction from CME.
As healthcare reform accelerates
and new laws and regulations such as the Sunshine Act are implemented,
increased public scrutiny is being placed on CME in general and
“vacation CME” in particular. This scrutiny is rooted in a flawed
perception that PAs and other providers may attend CME conferences to
vacation as opposed to satisfy certification maintenance requirements.
a recent example of this increased scrutiny, an investigative report
out of New York targeted a Las Vegas conference that was accredited for
physician CME credit. The report questioned whether attendance at CME
sessions was verified prior to awarding CME credit, and posited that a
majority of the registered attendees were actually vacationing in Las
Vegas rather than learning in CME sessions.
It’s no secret that
venue and destination are major contributors to the decision to attend a
CME conference, and they may often be a reason to bring the whole
family. CME and vacations don’t necessarily have to be mutually
exclusive, but conference planners can take steps to prevent flawed
perceptions and be prepared for increased public scrutiny.
how you can protect your organization, and ultimately the PA
profession, from becoming the subject of negative primetime news:
In conference promotional materials, focus first and foremost on the
quality of your educational offerings, faculty and CME content.
Have vacation or entertainment details take a back seat to the CME
offerings, and present them as evening activities or as “what to do when
you’re done learning.”
Don’t schedule social or entertainment activities that compete with or are offered at the same time as CME sessions.
Implement a mechanism to verify participation prior to awarding CME
certificates. This can be something as simple as requiring completed
evaluations before issuing certificates or using sign-in sheets.
If you have questions about how to navigate these or other gray areas causing increased scrutiny of CME conferences, contact Daniel Pace, AAPA senior director of education.
AAPA recognizes constituent organizations through the annual Outreach and Advocacy Awards program. Learn more about the program.
State chapters should send an observer to each meeting
of the agency that regulates PA practice.
May 15, 2015 - As many state legislatures wind down, it’s just the right time to start thinking about plans for the 2016 state legislative session.