Physician Assistants

Starting a physician assistant program in Liberia

Starting a physician assistant program in Liberia

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Steve Trexler, an American PA with over 30 years of experience, discusses the development of a physician assistant program in Liberia.

NCCPA survey results show PA certification continues to increase

NCCPA survey results show PA certification continues to increase

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The biggest challenges for recently certified PAs are the lack of clinical PA opportunities for recent graduates and the lack of clinical PA opportunities in a geographic area.

National PA Week 2016 honors the profession's growing influence

National PA Week 2016 honors the profession's growing influence

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The AAPA celebrates National PA Week from October 6-12, 2016.

Is a primary care panel size of 2500 patients reasonable?

Is a primary care panel size of 2500 patients reasonable?

Panel size has been equated with the level of care that patients receive.

 Advances for PAs practicing addiction medicine

Advances for PAs practicing addiction medicine

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Both PAs and NPs who practice addiction medicine have seen progress made in 2016 to increase practice authority.

PAs, NPs more likely to staff critical access hospitals in rural locations

PAs, NPs more likely to staff critical access hospitals in rural locations

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Geographically remote emergency departments are more likely to be staffed by physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

PCPs not addressing psychosocial issues in geriatric care

PCPs not addressing psychosocial issues in geriatric care

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Many geriatric patients expressed dissatisfaction with patient/provider discussions regarding psychosocial issues.

PAs commonly provide health care to family members

PAs commonly provide health care to family members

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Physician assistants routinely provide health care, including physical examinations, to members of their family.

Delayed immunizations, breastfeeding over age 1 may increase risk for caries

Delayed immunizations, breastfeeding over age 1 may increase risk for caries

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Researchers identify new risk factors for caries in young children.

Health status, expense discourage medication adherence among under-, uninsured patients

Health status, expense discourage medication adherence among under-, uninsured patients

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Patients who rated their overall health status as "good" were more likely to report better adherence to prescribed medications.

Short-term STICU patients often admitted for brief ventilator management

Short-term STICU patients often admitted for brief ventilator management

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Almost one-quarter of patients admitted to the STICU short term are there for <4 hours of ventilator management.

AAPA House of Delegates opposes proposed NCCPA recertification requirements

AAPA House of Delegates opposes proposed NCCPA recertification requirements

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The House of Delegates voted to pass a board resolution to reject proposed changes by the NCCPA to the PA recertification process.

HPV education key in college populations

HPV education key in college populations

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College-aged students may benefit from continued education regarding the spread of HPV, especially oral transmission

PAs lack reliable information on e-cigarettes

PAs lack reliable information on e-cigarettes

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While most PAs believe that e-cigarettes are harmful to health, they need more reliable information to help inform clinical decisions.

Split clinic model allows independent PA care, improves patient visits

Split clinic model allows independent PA care, improves patient visits

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PAs practicing in split clinic models function independently of a supervising physician, delivering high-quality patient care.

PA malpractice case rates slightly increasing

PA malpractice case rates slightly increasing

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From 2005 to 2014, there has been a slight increase in the rate of malpractice cases among PAs.

Comparing the return on investment of advanced practice medical degrees in PAs vs NPs

Comparing the return on investment of advanced practice medical degrees in PAs vs NPs

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By retirement, PAs will have a considerable return on their educational investment.

PAs power up at AAPA 2016 in San Antonio

PAs power up at AAPA 2016 in San Antonio

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The 5-day event aims to "Power Up!" the clinical skills, networks, and careers of practicing PAs and PA students.

Florida bill poised to grant NPs, PAs controlled substance prescribing authority

Florida bill poised to grant NPs, PAs controlled substance prescribing authority

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If signed, the bill would authorize Florida NPs and PAs to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances.

What changes are in store for PA recertification?

What changes are in store for PA recertification?

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As the PA profession continues to grow, the NCCPA looks to the future with new recertification guidelines.

Comparing COPD outcomes for patients treated by NPs/PAs versus physicians

Comparing COPD outcomes for patients treated by NPs/PAs versus physicians

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Some variance is observed in outcomes for patients with COPD who are treated by NPs or PAs versus those treated by physicians.

Who calls the shots about a physician assistant title change?

Who calls the shots about a physician assistant title change?

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The AAPA has again proposed calling physician assistants PAs despite pushback from the House of Delegates.

In the wake of the Ebola crisis, PAs in Liberia face professional challenges

In the wake of the Ebola crisis, PAs in Liberia face professional challenges

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Physician assistants in Liberia have played a key role in their country's health care during times of crisis, but they still face professional challenges.

House calls from PAs reduce hospital readmissions after cardiac surgery

House calls from PAs reduce hospital readmissions after cardiac surgery

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After adult cardiac surgery, patients are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital if they receive house calls from PAs.

Wanted: Collaboration between the AAPA's gun control advocates and gun-savvy PAs

Wanted: Collaboration between the AAPA's gun control advocates and gun-savvy PAs

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In the wake of mass shootings, the issue of gun control continues to divide the AAPA House of Delegates regarding the organization's policies.

Patients with RA display lower disease activity at NP, PA-staffed practices

Patients with RA display lower disease activity at NP, PA-staffed practices

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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are treated at practices with NPs and PAs exhibited lower disease activity over 2 years.

PAs in India expanding from specialty areas to primary care

PAs in India expanding from specialty areas to primary care

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Ebin Abraham, PA, explains how the Indian PA profession began in cardiology and is now starting to expand into primary care to help meet rural health needs.

Tarrytown, my Tarrytown: a trip to the New York State Society of PAs conference

Tarrytown, my Tarrytown: a trip to the New York State Society of PAs conference

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The NYSSPA conference in Tarrytown, N.Y. offered several panels addressing racial health disparities in a quaint location.

Quality of cardiovascular care from NPs, PAs similar to that from physicians

Quality of cardiovascular care from NPs, PAs similar to that from physicians

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants deliver similar-quality outpatient cardiovascular care compared with physicians.

National PA Week 2015 celebrates the profession's increasing demand

National PA Week 2015 celebrates the profession's increasing demand

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Demand for physician assistants is on the rise, and the average salary for PAs has also increased.

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