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.

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.

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.

Eliminating Key Practice Barriers Associated with Higher PA Salaries

The American Academy of PAs has released the 2017 AAPA Salary Report, the only PA salary resource that provides detailed information about base salary, base hourly wage, bonus, and benefits. One of the significant findings in this year’s report is that PA base salaries are higher in states that have eliminated one of two key barriers to PA practice.

Compensation Disparity Between Female and Male PAs Persists

Research conducted by AAPA, and published this month in Women’s Health Issues, found that female PAs are compensated 89 cents for every dollar men are compensated. Although this 11 percent disparity is less than the national average of 82 cents per dollar most recently reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it remains unacceptable.

Congress Moves to Improve Pay for PAs in the VA

August 3, 2017 – The American Academy of PAs applauds Congress for passage of legislation that will implement competitive pay for PAs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the single largest employer of PAs in the U.S. The VA Choice and Quality Employment Act now moves forward to the President’s desk for signature.

American Academy of PAs Welcomes L. Gail Curtis as President and Chair

July 20, 2017 – L. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, assumed leadership of the American Academy of PAs on July 1.  As president and chair of the Board of Directors, Curtis will lead the national professional organization which represents the interests of more than 115,500 PAs in the United States.