Jennifer M. Orozco, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Director of Advanced Practice Providers (APP) at Rush University Medical Center and a recipient of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Healthcare Heroes Award, will serve as president of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) for the 2021-2022 leadership year, which began July 1.
The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) Board of Directors began its 2021-2022 leadership year on July 1. Jennifer M. Orozco, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA, will lead the organization as AAPA President and Chair of the Board.
AAPA CEO Lisa M. Gables, CPA, was recently appointed to the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC) Board of Directors. PCC is dedicated to advancing an effective and efficient health system built on a strong foundation of primary care and the patient-centered medical home.
AAPA is pleased to announce its 2021 Awards to PAs and PA students who have distinguished themselves in service to their patients and their communities, and who have been dedicated advocates for the PA profession.
After years of steady growth, PA median compensation decreased slightly in 2020, falling from $111,000 in 2019 to $110,000 due in part to reduced hourly wages resulting from COVID-19, according to the 2021 AAPA Salary Report. AAPA released a digital version of its salary report today; the full report will be available in July.
AAPA and AANP have submitted a joint letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar, in response to the recent HHS notice of “Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder.”
AAPA commends the U.S Congress for passing legislation authorizing PAs to receive direct payment under Medicare as part of the Coronavirus Relief & Omnibus Agreement. The PA Direct Payment Act (S.596/H.R. 1052) will take effect January 1, 2022.
AAPA applauds the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for releasing an updated PA Handbook which implements competitive pay for PAs along with other changes related to the PA profession that will modernize the VA’s qualification standards for PAs and expand access to care to our nation’s veterans.