PAs Vote to Investigate Changing Their Professional Title

At the annual conference of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), members of its House of Delegates voted to investigate the feasibility of changing the PA (physician assistant) title, along with potential alternatives that better reflect modern PA practice.

National Rural Health Association Releases Policy Brief on PAs

The National Rural Health Association recognizes in a policy brief that, despite 50 years of high-quality, cost-effective practice, there remain state and federal laws and regulations that prevent PAs from practicing to the fullest extent of their education and experience. As healthcare evolves…PAs…will be indispensable providers in rural areas, the paper says.

PA Foundation Announces First Cohort of Mental Health Outreach Fellows

Today the PA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AAPA, announced the 16 recipients of the inaugural Mental Health Outreach Fellowship. The Mental Health Outreach Fellowship taps into the established and growing community outreach program developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health – the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program.

New Law Permits PAs to Provide Hospice Care to Medicare Patients

This morning, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law two improvements to Medicare that represent significant victories for PAs and the patients they serve. The first improvement will allow PAs to manage and provide hospice care to terminally-ill Medicare patients; another will allow PAs to supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs under the Medicare program.

New Certificate in Obesity Management to be Available to PAs and NPs

Today AAPA announced a collaboration with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) to develop an educational program that will award a Certificate in Primary Care Obesity Management to PAs and NPs. The program supports PAs and NPs who are interested in expanding care to patients affected by obesity.