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PA Alumni Connection—Summer 2018

Issue 7—Summer 2018

Jen SnyderBig business was conducted in the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD) this past May. The HOD is responsible for enacting policies establishing the collective values, philosophies, and principals of the physician assistant (PA) profession. Have you kept up on the potential changes?

The members of the 2018 HOD voted to investigate the feasibility of changing the PA title. The name change report will be heard back and likely voted on in the 2019 House in Denver, Colorado.  

The House also reaffirmed its support for Optimal Team Practice—a resolution that originally passed in 2017. According to AAPA, “Optimal Team Practice emphasizes the PA profession’s commitment to team-based care, and affirms that the degree of collaboration between PAs and physicians should be determined at the practice level. It supports the removal of state laws and regulations that require a PA to have and/or report a supervisory, collaborating, or other specific relationship with a physician in order to practice. In addition, the new policy advocates for the establishment of autonomous state boards with a majority of PAs as voting members to license, regulate, and discipline PAs, or for PAs to be full voting members of medical boards. Finally, the policy says that that PAs should be eligible to be reimbursed directly by public and private insurance for the care they provide.”

There is still a lot going on in the recertification arena too!

If you have not been paying attention lately regarding your profession and its future direction, you must educate yourself and participate! Make sure your voice is heard.

On a much lighter note, over 40 students, alumni, and preceptors attended the PA Program’s Alumni Reception during the 2018 AAPA Conference in New Orleans. It was great to reconnect with Butler alumni from across the United States; the farthest travel awards go to alumna Carrie Stephens ’16 from Utah!