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For Real Change, PAs Must Commit to Advocacy

The past months have proven how effective PAs can be when fewer barriers stand in their way. AAPA President Beth R. Smolko, DMSc, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA, implores PAs and PA students to become more active advocates in moving the profession forward.
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CMS Releases 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Rule

As part of the final 2021 Physician Fee Schedule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) permanently authorized PAs to supervise clinical staff who perform diagnostic tests for Medicare beneficiaries.
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CMS Mandatory Reporting Program to Include PAs

Starting January 1, 2021, PAs are required to be included in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments program. Open Payments is a national disclosure database aimed at improving transparency about financial relationships on a public website.
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AAPA Engages Federal Trade Commission Over Proposed Rules in Maine

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent correspondence to the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine and the Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure regarding proposed regulations to implement Maine’s legislation (LD 1660), an Act to Improve Access to Physician Assistant Care.
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New White Paper Will Help You Understand Transparency Issues

Transparency is at the heart of many AAPA advocacy efforts. Inadequate identification of PAs and the services they provide creates flawed data which inaccurately inform important decisions made by patients, policy makers, payers, researchers, and others. A new white paper highlights these issues.