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.

AAPA Establishes Annual Wage PArity Day

Today the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) established Wage PArity Day, the day female PAs start working for free based on the compensation disparity that exists between male and female PAs.

American Academy of PAs Announces 2018 Conference General Session Speaker

AAPA announced today its general session speaker for AAPA Conference 2018. Jeff Evans, PA, mountaineer, adventurer, and author, will speak to attendees on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Evans’ speech, titled “MountainVision: Lessons Beyond the Summit,” will draw from his experiences delivering emergency medical care on the front lines in Mosul, Iraq; guiding a blind climber to the summit of Mount Everest; co-founding an expedition-based program for injured U.S. veterans; and serving as the chief medic for a helicopter-based search and rescue team on Mount Everest. Key themes will include servant leadership, teamwork, commitment, and handling adversity.

2017-2018 AAPA Board of Directors to Lead Organization During Pivotal Time for PA Profession

After holding a special election to fill a director-at-large position, the American Academy of PAs has announced its 2017-2018 Board of Directors. AAPA’s 2017-18 Board of Directors, led by L. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, of Clemmons, North Carolina, officially began its new term on July 1. Curtis, chair and associate professor at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Department of PA Studies, serves as president and chair of the board.  

AAPA CEO, Jennifer L. Dorn, MPA, Appointed to Dept. of Veterans Affairs Veterans’ Family, Caregiver, and Survivor Advisory Committee

Jennifer L. (Jenna) Dorn, CEO of AAPA, has been appointed by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David J. Shulkin to serve as a member of the newly formed VA Veterans’ Family, Caregiver, and Survivor Advisory Committee. The Committee will advise the Secretary on matters related to Veterans’ families, caregivers, and survivors, with a focus on gaining a better understanding of the use of VA care and benefits services.

New York PA Elected as American Academy of PAs Secretary-Treasurer

In a special election, Diane M. Bruessow, MPAS, PA-C, was elected to serve a one-year term as secretary-treasurer for the American Academy of PAs. Bruessow previously served on the Board as a Director-at-Large and has been a member of AAPA for 23 years.