New Federal Rule Allows PAs at OTPs to Order Methadone

On February 2, SAMHSA and HHS issued a new final rule that changes the definition of providers who are able to order the dispensing of methadone at opioid treatment programs, consistent with DEA licensing and state law, to include PAs at opioid treatment programs.

AAPA Joins Amicus Brief to Protect PA Practice

Together with the Association of PAs in Obstetrics and Gynecology (APAOG), the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNW), and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), AAPA has joined an amicus brief regarding a court case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that has been appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

PA Licensure Compact Bill Passes in Wisconsin

On December 6, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed S.B. 400 into law, making Wisconsin the third state to pass the PA licensure compact. S.B. 400 passed both chambers with broad, bipartisan support and once the compact is active, it promises to enhance license portability for PAs while expanding access and safeguards for patients – a true win-win for Wisconsin.

PAs for the Win: 2023 Advocacy Update

During PA Week, we’re reflecting on the progress PAs have achieved toward advancing our legislative agenda this year. AAPA is working hard to remove barriers to PA practice to ensure PAs are in the best possible position to improve patient access to high-quality care. So far this year, 20 states introduced PA-positive legislation, and legislators have taken notice!