AAPA recently joined the Association of Physician Associates in Obstetrics and Gynecology (APAOG), the Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) in an amicus brief in a case before the Montana Supreme Court.
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.
Removing barriers to physician associate/assistant (PA) practice improves access to high-quality, cost-effective care and maintains patient safety, according to an article published today in the Journal of Medical Regulation (JMR).
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).
In 2023, the PA profession reached a pivotal point in the mission to secure a PA Licensure Compact when states not only began introducing the model legislation but also passing the bills in short order.
As an outspoken advocate for expanding access to quality healthcare, Vanessa Cobarrubias, PA-C, applied for the White House Fellows program for a chance to engage directly with lawmakers on a national level.
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.
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!