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HCV transmission knowledge varies among opioid-dependent pregnant patients

HCV transmission knowledge varies among opioid-dependent pregnant patients

Most opioid-dependent pregnant patients understand that intravenous drug use is a major transmission modality of HCV.

PAs may help fill rheumatology workforce shortage

PAs may help fill rheumatology workforce shortage

The gap between supply and demand in the rheumatology workforce is expected to widen substantially by 2030.

AAPA House of Delegates approves Optimal Team Practice policy

AAPA House of Delegates approves Optimal Team Practice policy

The policy was unanimously approved at the AAPA 2017 conference.

Physician perceptions of PAs similar in primary care vs specialty care

Physician perceptions of PAs similar in primary care vs specialty care

Physicians in primary care and in subspecialty care found that PAs are prepared to actively participate in clinical activities.

PA flexibility leads to career changes

PA flexibility leads to career changes

PAs take advantage of flexibility offered by their profession.

PA programs may need more focus on opioid prescribing practices

PA programs may need more focus on opioid prescribing practices

Many PA students and practicing PAs did not feel that their PA program adequately trained them to screen for opioid abuse.

Side effects may affect medication nonadherence in patients with chronic disease

Side effects may affect medication nonadherence in patients with chronic disease

Almost half of participants reported that they never received information regarding the side effects of their medication from their prescriber.

Factors that boost vaccination rates among the elderly

Factors that boost vaccination rates among the elderly

Across all demographics, healthcare provider recommendation to be vaccinated had the strongest impact, followed by having a history of the disease, and knowing someone else who had that disease.

Patients comfortable with PAs and NPs initiating opiate replacement therapy

Patients comfortable with PAs and NPs initiating opiate replacement therapy

A survey found that 95.16% of participants were confident in the ability of a PA or an NP to provide opiate replacement therapy.

Case study: Recurrent deep vein thrombosis in thoracic outlet syndrome

Case study: Recurrent deep vein thrombosis in thoracic outlet syndrome

A 53-year-old woman presents to the emergency room for right upper extremity deep vein thrombosis after rib resection and subclavian vein stent placement.

How effective are prescription drug pictograms?

How effective are prescription drug pictograms?

Many patients cannot identify the meaning of prescription drug pictograms.

AAPA 2017 kicks off in Las Vegas

AAPA 2017 kicks off in Las Vegas

AAPA 2017 invites you to go Beyond CME by engaging in live programs and workshops that will help take your career to the next level.

Guidelines proposed on substance abuse in nurses

Guidelines proposed on substance abuse in nurses

Health care facilities should provide education to nurses and other employees relating to alcohol and drug use, and promote safe, supportive drug-free workplaces.

Pharmacy chains continue to develop primary care venues

Pharmacy chains continue to develop primary care venues

Retail medical sites like CVS and Walmart have established primary care clinics, which are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Canadian physician assistants: A new profession with new educational insight

Canadian physician assistants: A new profession with new educational insight

Canada's educational training programs are some of the most innovative in the world and use techniques that promote the skills that future clinicians need.

Incorporating physician assistants and nurse practitioners in private practice

Incorporating physician assistants and nurse practitioners in private practice

Adding another healthcare provider to the practice schedule creates additional access for the patient.

The future of PA practice authority

The future of PA practice authority

The AAPA is moving forward with its push to eliminate the formal relationship between physicians and PAs.

Starting a physician assistant program in Liberia

Starting a physician assistant program in Liberia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No excuses: clinicians should never disrespect patients

No excuses: clinicians should never disrespect patients

Medical practitioners should always treat patients with respect, no matter how stressed or annoyed they are

Honoring the pioneers of the PA profession

Honoring the pioneers of the PA profession

As the PA profession continues to grow, new PAs should honor the dedication of the pioneers who came before them.

AMA releases module to improve clinician resilience

AMA releases module to improve clinician resilience

The AMA recommends strategies such as keeping a gratitude journal to help clinicians stave off stress.

The graduate's guide to PA and NP job offers

The graduate's guide to PA and NP job offers

PAs and NPs often receive several job offers after graduation, but there is more to consider than just salary.

Physician assistants in Ohio benefit from new bill

Physician assistants in Ohio benefit from new bill

Physician-assistant-to-physician ratio in Ohio projected to increase to better meet patient needs due to passage of Senate Bill 110.

What's the difference between AAPA and MLA conferences?

What's the difference between AAPA and MLA conferences?

Despite the differences in professional foci, the AAPA and MLA conferences have several similarities.

Top 5 primary care physician assistant, nurse practitioner procedures

Top 5 primary care physician assistant, nurse practitioner procedures

Elucidating most commonly performed clinical procedures can better inform education and training.

Quality improvement participation lacking among physician assistant students

Quality improvement participation lacking among physician assistant students

Less than 10% of physician assistant students reported participating in quality improvement projects during their primary care clinical rotations.

How to get the most out of physician assistant clinical rotations

How to get the most out of physician assistant clinical rotations

Resources are available to supplement the general medicine knowledge physician assistants already have when starting clinical rotations.

Science course performance may predict PANCE success

Science course performance may predict PANCE success

Identifying factors that predict PANCE passage can improve physician assistant program quality and graduate success.

AAPA sets sights on hospice care, improving mentorship in 2015

AAPA sets sights on hospice care, improving mentorship in 2015

Passing HR 1202 will allow physician assistants to provide hospice care.

Clinical simulation useful in physician assistant education

Clinical simulation useful in physician assistant education

Widespread plans among programs to increase use of simulation suggest that faculty find it beneficial.

Defining physician assistant practice autonomy

Defining physician assistant practice autonomy

Practice autonomy increases with physician assistants' experience level and correlates with subspecialty.

Physician assistant programs face shortage of clinical rotation sites

Physician assistant programs face shortage of clinical rotation sites

As the number of physician assistant programs expands, the competition for rotation sites is expected to intensify.

Expanding physician assistant oral health curricula could help bridge gaps in care

Expanding physician assistant oral health curricula could help bridge gaps in care

Better integrating oral health into PA training has the potential to improve oral health outcomes.

Effectively advocating for full physician assistant practice authority

Effectively advocating for full physician assistant practice authority

Provide congressional representatives with clear, concise information to effectively advocate for expanded practice authority.

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners cite obstacles to achieving academic rank

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners cite obstacles to achieving academic rank

Strategies needed to make academic rank more attainable for physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Awareness of physician assistant profession improving in 2015

Awareness of physician assistant profession improving in 2015

Advocacy and public awareness efforts in 2015 have helped spotlight the vital contributions physician assistants bring to the health care system.

AAPA Award winners play critical role in improving health care

AAPA Award winners play critical role in improving health care

Five physician assistants were lauded for their exemplary commitment to advancing the PA profession by the AAPA.

Team discussions may help reduce medical errors

Team discussions may help reduce medical errors

Determining what types of collaboration improve clinical outcomes key in structuring interprofessional education training programs.

Physician assistants are the answer 
to growing U.S. health needs

Physician assistants are the answer 
to growing U.S. health needs

Physician assistants can help fulfill this demand as the need for health care grows.

AAPA House of Delegates will shift power upwards

AAPA House of Delegates will shift power upwards

At the AAPA House of Delegates meeting, expect resolutions to give more power to upper levels in the organization.

Major depressive disorder: a guide for primary-care clinicians

Major depressive disorder: a guide for primary-care clinicians

Ruling out a physiological reason for symptoms is a good starting point for NPs and PAs caring for patients with a new psychiatric disorder.

Are sterile gloves necessary for minor procedures?

Are sterile gloves necessary for minor procedures?

The use of non-sterile gloves for minor procedures may haver a lower rate of infection compared with sterilized gloves.

What providers need to know about the Apple Watch

What providers need to know about the Apple Watch

Some companies and organizations see the potential of the Apple Watch as a useful device for clinicians in communication with patients and colleagues, plus quick access to patient records.

Inequality kills — but what can providers do about it?

Inequality kills — but what can providers do about it?

Medical education has failed to address the social causes that may interfere with patients' health.

Nightingale Tribute: Honoring departed nurses

Nightingale Tribute: Honoring departed nurses

The Nightingale Tribute is yet another inspiring component of the rich nursing traditions that physician assistants can learn from.

Helping patients understand their medical conditions

Helping patients understand their medical conditions

Have you ever wondered how many patients leave your care not understanding a word you said?

Cancer prehabilitation: moving from primary care to oncology

Cancer prehabilitation: moving from primary care to oncology

NPs and PAs involved with oncology teams should support multimodal prehabilitation for cancer patients to help ease the transition to oncology.

The use of suction in abscess draining

The use of suction in abscess draining

Using suction to drain abscesses resulted in a few lessons learned.

Work-life balance is crucial

Work-life balance is crucial

Although providers do not have a typical nine-to-five jobs that end when the shift does, it's important to find time to de-stress with enjoyable hobbies.

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants linked to higher ICU survival rates

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants linked to higher ICU survival rates

Intensive care unit teams with nurse practitioners and physician assistants saw higher survival rates compared with teams made up of only residents.

Working in pairs may reduce diagnostic errors

Working in pairs may reduce diagnostic errors

Fourth-year medical students who worked in pairs ordered more accurate tests compared with students who worked independently.

Full practice nurse practitioners linked to improved health outcomes

Full practice nurse practitioners linked to improved health outcomes

Despite a predicted shortage of primary-care providers, some states do not allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training.

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants named best jobs to have in 2015

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants named best jobs to have in 2015

Job growth and salary are just two factors that put nurse practitioners and physician assistants on top of a new Best Jobs of 2015 list.

What keeps clinicians motivated?

What keeps clinicians motivated?

In order to stay motivated and avoid burnout, some clinicians find inspiration in their patients.

All patients are equal, and we need to treat them that way

All patients are equal, and we need to treat them that way

Focusing on physician assistant salary may be contributing to a decrease in compassion for under-served patients.

Recent graduate's guide to handling the specialist on call

Recent graduate's guide to handling the specialist on call

For a newly graduated physician assistant, learning to work with specialists on call is an important skill to learn.

Postoperative pain control unsafe at any speed

Postoperative pain control unsafe at any speed

Health-care providers need to focus on how to help patients undergoing major surgery effectively manage their pain.

What happens when a patient reports a near-death experience?

What happens when a patient reports a near-death experience?

Although near-death experiences have been studied, little concrete evidence is available for the clinician.

Don't fumble the patient hand-off

Don't fumble the patient hand-off

Although technology might have weakened the idea that verbal patient hand-offs are important, such exchanges remain key to patient care.

Clinical officers meet Rwanda's health needs after genocide

Clinical officers meet Rwanda's health needs after genocide

Emmy Bushaija, a clinical officer educator, is training the next generation of health-care providers in Rwanda.

NPs, PAs more likely to use diagnostic imaging

NPs, PAs more likely to use diagnostic imaging

Expanding the use of advance practice clinicians such as NPs and PAs may alleviate primary-care provider shortages.

Ugly battle in the California Academy of Physician Assistants needs mediation

Ugly battle in the California Academy of Physician Assistants needs mediation

Problems within the California Academy of Physician Assistants and the state's PAs has escalated to such a degree that it impacts all PAs.

Recommitting to universal precautions in the Ebola era

Recommitting to universal precautions in the Ebola era


Reviewing precautions for blood and body fluids will help protect both healthcare workers and the public.

Try these five tips for avoiding burnout

Try these five tips for avoiding burnout

Prevention of burnout is the key to avoiding its harmful consequences.

Twitter feeds every NP/PA should follow

Twitter feeds every NP/PA should follow

Twitter can help NPs and PAs stay up-to-date on the latest news, policies, and research in their fields.

Try absorbable sutures for facial lacerations

Try absorbable sutures for facial lacerations

Absorbable sutures take the guesswork out of when to remove sutures while saving the patient time and money.

Inequality, racial/LGBT discrimination issues are not things to ignore

Inequality, racial/LGBT discrimination issues are not things to ignore

To what extent do medical providers need to be willing to discuss the inequalities in the medical system and their impact on patient health?

Handling my first 'real-world' medical situation as a physician assisant

Handling my first 'real-world' medical situation as a physician assisant

You can never predict when your first medical emergency may occur or who may be around to help.

Physician assistants vital contributions highlighted in new report

Physician assistants vital contributions highlighted in new report

A report issued by the National Governors Association urges states to consider the important role PAs play in improving health care.

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners recognized at PainWeek 2014

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners recognized at PainWeek 2014

PainWeek 2014 featured its first ever PA- and NP- centered tracks, which included talks on pain management and medical errors.

Being a physician assistant in the 'boomerang generation'

Being a physician assistant in the 'boomerang generation'

After assessing the costs of student loan bills and rent or a mortgage, physician assistant Jillian Knowles opted to "boomerang" back to her parents' house.

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