Physician Assistants

Online PA Recertification Assessment Offers an Alternative to PANRE

Online PA Recertification Assessment Offers an Alternative to PANRE

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The NCCPA is launching a pilot program that will offer PAs an alternative to PANRE. How will the pilot program stand out and what advantages might it offer PAs?

Non-Physician Practitioners Expanding Scope of Practice in Dermatology

Non-Physician Practitioners Expanding Scope of Practice in Dermatology

Investigators sought to determine whether nurse practitioners and physician assistants are expanding their scope of practice outside of primary care to perform dermatologic procedures.

AAPA and NCCPA Partner to Campaign for Physician Assistant Recognition

AAPA and NCCPA Partner to Campaign for Physician Assistant Recognition

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AAPA and NCCPA partner in a national advertising campaign to raise awareness of the PA profession.

Expanding Healthcare Access With Nurse-Led Care in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Expanding Healthcare Access With Nurse-Led Care in Rheumatoid Arthritis

A recent systematic review found that nurse-led care is effective, acceptable, and safe in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Advanced Practice Professionals Performing More Dermatologic Procedures

Advanced Practice Professionals Performing More Dermatologic Procedures

The most common procedures that APPs performed in 2015 were destructions of benign neoplasms, biopsies, and destructions of malignant neoplasms.

NP, PA Treatment Comparable for Patients With CVD or Diabetes

NP, PA Treatment Comparable for Patients With CVD or Diabetes

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Effectiveness of care and healthcare resource use for diabetes or cardiovascular disease were comparable among patients receiving care from an NP vs those managed by a PA.

PA Students Report Discrimination, Abuse in Programs

PA Students Report Discrimination, Abuse in Programs

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Physician assistant students report witnessing and experiencing discrimination or abuse throughout PA programs in the United States.

NP and PA Scope of Practice Vary Greatly in US Emergency Departments

NP and PA Scope of Practice Vary Greatly in US Emergency Departments

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Stark differences exist in EDs across the United States with regard to scope of practice, expectations, team dynamics, and training requirements for PAs and NPs.

Preprofessional Program After High School Beneficial for PA Students

Preprofessional Program After High School Beneficial for PA Students

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Students who enter a preprofessional program directly after high school may be successful in PA school with structure, guidance, and mentorship.

Do Clinicians Practice What They Preach to Patients?

Do Clinicians Practice What They Preach to Patients?

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There are inconsistencies between patient education and healthcare provider practices, which vary in each health maintenance factor.

AAPA Launches Primary Care Obesity Management Certificate Program

AAPA Launches Primary Care Obesity Management Certificate Program

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The new program, announced by AAPA, will allow its participants to obtain 30 CME credits and an OMA-issued Certificate of Primary-Care Obesity Management after completion.

Geriatric Workforce Shortage Creates Opportunities for PAs

Geriatric Workforce Shortage Creates Opportunities for PAs

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The geriatric workforce shortage may provide PAs with opportunities to engage themselves in the specialty.

Increased Collaboration, Shared Decision Making Beneficial for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Increased Collaboration, Shared Decision Making Beneficial for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

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Patients with T2DM adhere better to self-management behaviors and may experience greater treatment satisfaction if they have increased collaboration and shared decision making with an advanced care provider.

New PA Programs and Their Effect on Established Medical Institutions

New PA Programs and Their Effect on Established Medical Institutions

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Newly developed PA programs may be influenced by current APN programs of the same institution.

AAPA's House of Delegates Votes to Investigate Changing Physician Assistant Title

AAPA's House of Delegates Votes to Investigate Changing Physician Assistant Title

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Members of the AAPA's House of Delegates voted to investigate the feasibility of changing the physician assistant title, as well as collaborate on potential alternatives that better reflect modern PA practice.

Obesity Treatment Education, Training Needed in PA Programs

Obesity Treatment Education, Training Needed in PA Programs

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Recognizing the obesity epidemic and educating physician assistants on the implications of this condition and how they should be caring for obese patients should be prioritized, according to the study authors.

PAs Improving in Providing Dental Health Care

PAs Improving in Providing Dental Health Care

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Educating certified PAs to incorporate oral health as an important addition to health care can help bring quality care to more patients with dental needs.

Optimal Team Practice: A Survey of Physician Opinions

Optimal Team Practice: A Survey of Physician Opinions

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In 2017, the AMA declared its opposition to autonomous PA regulatory boards and PA practice without physician supervision, but physicians' opinions on OTP policy have been largely unknown.

Caucasian, First-Year PA Students Have Lower Levels of Perceived Cultural Competence

Caucasian, First-Year PA Students Have Lower Levels of Perceived Cultural Competence

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Caucasian students and first-year students have lower levels of perceived cultural competence, and these students believe that they were moderately or well prepared to care for diverse patient populations.

Opioid Education Program Boosts PA Students' Confidence in Providing Patient Care

Opioid Education Program Boosts PA Students' Confidence in Providing Patient Care

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PA students perceived improved confidence in their ability to provide patient education and counseling.

Naloxone Training Beneficial for PA Students

Naloxone Training Beneficial for PA Students

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Opioid-specific health seminars may help PA students learn lifesaving treatments to perform in the future.

Rheumatology Curriculum Outline Aims to Train and Integrate NPs and PAs

Rheumatology Curriculum Outline Aims to Train and Integrate NPs and PAs

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The ACR/ ARHP created a rheumatology curriculum outline that can be used to create more efficient integration of NPs and PAs into rheumatology practice.

NP, PA Employment Increasing in Primary Care and Specialty Practices

NP, PA Employment Increasing in Primary Care and Specialty Practices

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The proportion of practices with NPs and PAs increased modestly from 2008 to 2016, with similar growth found in specialty and primary care practices.

Navigating the Waters of Independently Practicing Physician Assistants

Navigating the Waters of Independently Practicing Physician Assistants

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An organization representing the effort to move toward autonomy has made big inroads into the AAPA, resulting in a push toward unhitching physician assistants from MD colleagues.

Law Allows PAs to Provide Hospice Care to Medicare Patients

Law Allows PAs to Provide Hospice Care to Medicare Patients

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Congress signed into law two improvements to Medicare that will impact the physician assistant profession.

You Tell Me, You're the PA!

You Tell Me, You're the PA!

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PAs should always keep in mind the sacred responsibility of the job: the knowledge to know what to do for our patients, and when and how to do it.

National PA Week 2017 celebrates during the profession's 50th anniversary

National PA Week 2017 celebrates during the profession's 50th anniversary

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More than 115,500 PAs will celebrate their contributions to healthcare during National PA Week.

A look back at the AAPA 2017 House of Delegates meeting

A look back at the AAPA 2017 House of Delegates meeting

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The House of Delegates discussed the recertification process for PAs and the future of the PA profession.

HCV transmission knowledge varies among opioid-dependent pregnant patients

HCV transmission knowledge varies among opioid-dependent pregnant patients

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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

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

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