PAs Vote to Advance Profession to Meet Modern Healthcare Needs

2017 Marks 50th Anniversary of PA Profession
Contact: Carrie Munk, 571-319-4477cmunk@aapa.org
LAS VEGAS (May 18, 2017) — At the annual conference of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), members of its House of Delegates approved Optimal Team Practice, a new policy intended to enhance the ability of PAs to meet the needs of patients and ensure the future of the profession in a changing healthcare marketplace. This historic action comes during the 50th anniversary of the PA Profession, which was initially created to improve and expand healthcare.
PAs are state licensed medical providers who conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, write prescriptions and perform medical procedures in nearly every practice setting and medical specialty.
“Passage of this new policy serves as a significant milestone for PAs,” said President and Chair of AAPA Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C. “While Optimal Team Practice may take some time to fully implement in all fifty states and U.S. territories, it will most certainly enhance the profession’s ability to help patients, especially in rural and underserved areas, and reduce administrative burdens on physicians.”
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Good afternoon,
As a PA leader, I want to make sure you are among the first to know that the results of the Joint Task Force’s survey regarding its Full Practice Authority and Responsibility proposal are now available.  Over 12,000 PAs, retired PAs and PA students participated in the survey, and 72 percent of respondents said they support the proposal overall.
A summary of the survey results can be found here.
I encourage you to read the full survey report, as well as the many comments (over 12,000!) that are provided as an addendum.  And if you want a quick overview and visual representation of the results, please take a look at the slides. All of these documents are available in the AAPA News Center.
You can direct any questions regarding the survey to fparfeedback@aapa.org.

What is the Physician Assistant Academy of Vermont (PAAV)?

Perhaps the best way to answer that question is with a brief review of the PAAV’s history.

The PAAV has been around since the mid-seventies, at a time when we shared the Board of Medicine chair with informally trained PAs. That tract to practice is now gone. We were also there when BCBS wanted to alter our reimbursement. When the phrase describing PAs as the “agents of the physician” was added, it cleared up many concerns and allowed us to maintain our current favorable reimbursement schedule. It also confirmed that nurses would take our orders, something they were uncomfortable with at first.
The recent statutory changes that took Vermont PAs from certification to licensure and cleaned up some other loose ends (like dropping the “s” on Physician[‘s] assistant) was done through the hard work of the PAAV in cooperation with the AAPA.
The PAAV is currently involved in discussions regarding the recent changes to Vermont statutes proposed by the APRNs, several of which could affect PA practice.
In short, the PAAV has been “watching the backs” of Vermont PAs for over thirty years. The favorable practice environment we all enjoy in Vermont isn’t accidental. It has come about through the hard work of a few Vermont PAs who are committed to the PAAV Board of Directors to act in all PAs’ best interests.
We are YOUR PAAV. We are YOUR VOICE in Montpelier and on the national stage. Please join so that we can truly say we really do represent most of the practicing PAs in Vermont.


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Lets work toward improving the professional and regulatory environment for PA practice in Vermont and nationwide


37th Annual Winter CME Conference

Equinox Resort, Manchester VT
on January 24 – 27, 2019


Martin Devlin Scholarship

Martin Devlin was a beloved member of the Physician Assistant Academy of Vermont (PAAV) for many years. Following his untimely death in 2003, a special fund was created in his memory.

In celebration of the PA Profession’s 50th anniversary, the PA History Society is excited to announce the launch of our new website!