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AAPA Among Major Healthcare Organizations Calling for

Details: Unfortunately, many health care and long-term care personnel remain unvaccinated. As we move towards full FDA approval of the currently available vaccines, all health care workers should get vaccinated for their own health, and to protect their colleagues, families, residents of long-term care facilities and patients.

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Nutrition Toolkit

Details: Nutrition Supports Immune Health. Quality nutrition is critical to support a healthy immune system. There is a strong relationship between poor nutritional status and compromised immunity.

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The Power of Empathy in Healthcare

Details: Advocating for Health Equity: PA Focuses Work on HIV and LGBT Health PAs Featured in Emmy-Winning Film Spotlighting Social Justice Medicine “The Power of Empathy” – Dr. Helen Riess’ Talk at TEDxMiddlebury. Jennifer Walker is a freelance writer in Baltimore, MD.

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Diabetes Toolkit

Details: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Resource . Healthy People 2020 Diabetes. International Diabetes Federation. Institute for Preventive Foot Health (IPFH) – Diabetes and the Feet: What to Tell Your Patients. National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) – …

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PA Executive: Javier Esquivel-Acosta

Details: Additional departments Esquivel-Acosta created include the health education department, where nurses on staff help coordinate care for patients with chronic conditions. A new referral department ensures specialist referrals are processed quickly and accurately. And an on-site call center was established to alleviate the growing number of

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5 Ways to Incorporate Social Determinants of Health to

Details: The National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program is a longitudinal effort to gather health data from one million or more people to build one of the most diverse health databases in history. The program aims to reflect the diversity of people living in the U.S. and to include participants from groups that have been

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COVID-19 Resource Center

Details: 350 PAs serving across Brigham Health facilities in the Boston, Massachusetts, area, retrained under a PA crisis leadership team to deal with the surge in COVID-19 patients in March 2020, and successfully met the needs of patients and the healthcare team. June 15, 2021. Your PA Can.

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PA, Heal Thyself

Details: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Burnout Resources for Providers. U Mass Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. Goodness of Heart Resources on Clinician Wellness. Jennifer Anne Hohman is the founder and principal of PA Career Coach, a service dedicated to helping PAs create rewarding, healthy and patient-centered

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National Initiatives

Details: National Health Priorities. Practicing in all health care settings and specialties, PAs play an integral role in solutions to public health crises facing America. AAPA is mobilizing PAs to improve patient outcomes associated with several National Health Priorities. Take action with these toolkits to develop clinical skills, earn relevant CME

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Outside the Clinic

Details: Jobs in this industry are found in the areas of health, disability, and life insurance as well as workers compensation. The National Association of Health Underwriters offers insight into the world of health insurance professionals, and SEAK Inc. has additional resources to …

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I’m a PA in the U.S. Public Health Service

Details: The United States Public Health Service – with its scholarship opportunities, benefits, and guaranteed job placement – was a perfect fit for him. [LTJG Herrera, PA-C, and two of his USPHS colleagues hosted a webinar. Watch now!] Lieutenant Junior Grade German S. …

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Public Health Service Academy of PAs

Details: The Public Health Service Academy of PAs (PHSAPA) renders services to the medical profession and the public, while advocating for the unique needs of their constituent PAs. The PHSAPA is the AAPA constituent organization for active duty and retired PAs of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), Coast Guard and many civil service PAs employed

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Advocating for Health Equity: PA Focuses Work on HIV and

Details: Advocating for Health Equity: PA Focuses Work on HIV and LGBT Health. Before becoming a PA, or even knowing about the profession, Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C, DFAAPA, knew she wanted to provide care to people living with HIV. “I was really interested in being a healthcare provider but didn’t know how to do that without being a physician or

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Health Inequities: How PAs Can Help Bridge the Care Gap

Details: “Health equity is the concept that calls on us as healthcare providers to bridge the gaps that lead to disproportionate incidences of all issues, from COVID-19 to chronic disease,” Najera explains. She and Marsh agree – as does the data – that COVID-19 disproportionately affects communities of color, resulting in health inequity.

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Health & Wellness Chair

Details: Health & Wellness Chair 2 Introduction This guide was created in fulfillment of resolution 2015-04 submitted during the AOR meeting at AAPA’s Conference last spring.

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Behind the Scenes at Northwell Health as PAs Respond to

Details: Northwell Health in the New York City area has been at the epicenter of COVID-19 response. Nearly 10,000 patients have recovered within the health system’s facilities. Five PA leaders share how they redeployed staff, repurposed space, and created innovative practices.

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2021 PA of the Year Serves Her Community Through Street

Details: Currently, Cuadrado is the program director for a medical practice called Valley Health Partners Street Medicine working in partnership with Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania. Carrying a 40-pound backpack filled with medications and life essentials, Cuadrado and her team conduct “street rounds,” providing care to homeless

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Connecticut 2021 Legislative Session Ends with Major Wins

Details: ConnAPA’s top legislative priority in 2021 recently became law, adding PAs to almost 80 areas of state law which only previously mentioned physicians and/or nurse practitioners. Connecticut law also now authorizes PAs and NPs to order home health and hospice care.

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How a PA in Telehealth is Helping Respond to COVID-19

Details: How a PA in Telehealth is Helping Respond to COVID-19. Lindsey Kocher, PA-C, screens patients over the phone. (Photo courtesy: Mike Dickbernd/IU Health) Like all medical facilities around the country, Indiana University Health (IU Health) is responding to coronavirus (COVID-19). In the midst of this pandemic, patients are relying on PAs and

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More patients More complex patients

Details: More Complex Patients”—is the third of the four trends in U.S. healthcare that were identified in an environmental scan undertaken by AAPA earlier this year as the first step in its strategic planning process. The planning process is designed to produce a plan—called PA Vision 2020—to guide the Academy through 2020.

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How an Upstate New York Hospital System Responded to COVID

Details: How an Upstate New York Hospital System Responded to COVID-19. Last March, as COVID-19 surged in New York City, advanced practice provider (APP) leaders at Rochester Regional Health (RRH) in Rochester, New York, faced the enormous task of effectively coordinating a system-wide provider redeployment that included MDs, DOs, DDs, PAs, and APRNs.

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Founding Morehouse Program Director Highlights Health

Details: Pangela Dawson, PhD, MSPAS, PA-C, assistant dean at Morehouse School of Medicine, talks about her career journey and how COVID-19 has highlighted health disparities in Black patients. She also offers advice for bringing more visibility and leadership opportunities to minority women.

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Providing Medical Care in Liberia Inspires Chicago PA to

Details: PAs interested in getting more involved in global health can learn about many opportunities through the Fellowship of Christian PAs and PAs for Global Health. The Fellowship of Christian PAs is the PA section of a larger parent organization called Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA). CMDA has a medical missions branch called Global

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CMS Expands Medicare Telemedicine Coverage

Details: CMS announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage to enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services without having to travel to an office, clinic or health care facility. Previously, Medicare was only allowed to pay health professionals for telemedicine services in certain situations.

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Boston-Area Health System Shares Lessons Learned from PA

Details: The 350 PAs serving across Brigham Health facilities in the Boston, Massachusetts, metropolitan area, retrained under a PA crisis leadership team to deal with the surge in COVID-19 patients in March 2020, and successfully met the needs of patients and the healthcare team.

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Provider Burnout: Prioritizing Self-Care to Strengthen

Details: As part of its mental health initiatives, the PA Foundation partners with the nccPA Health Foundation to tackle healthcare provider burnout in a new podcast. Nelae Keene, PA-C, and Jay Somers, PA-C, offer tips to help fellow PAs navigate potential burnout.

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Charting CME on Health Disparities Leads to Positive

Details: Charting CME on Health Disparities Leads to Positive Changes in PA Practice. Outside the Box: Reducing Health Disparities CME was designed to educate PAs on health disparities, with the aim of improving practices among participants in five domains including: The team that designed Outside the Box included Kim Zuber, PA-C, MS, executive director

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Assessment of Nutritional Status

Details: Assessment of Nutritional Status. Register. This interactive module focuses on the important role PA’s play in managing a patient’s nutritional health in routine patient visits. This activity is part of AAPA's National Health Priorities Nutrition Toolkit.

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Street Medicine: PAs Deliver Healthcare to the Homeless

Details: A component of the JPS Health Network, the program has gained significant traction within the region largely due to increased provider collaboration and training opportunities. JPS Health Network second-year family resident Dr. Claire Thomas, from left, and Care Connections Outreach Director Joel Hunt, PA, work with homeless patients on Tuesday

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West Virginia Association of PAs’ 2021 Legislative

Details: Requiring PAs be reimbursed at equal rates to other providers who render similar health services by health insurers and health plans operated or paid for by the state. These updates to the statutes are a victory for the West Virginia Association of PAs (WVAPA and AAPA extends its congratulations to WVAPA for securing these improvements.

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Health eCareers and American Academy of PAs Announce

Details: Health eCareers is an Everyday Health Group service. About American Academy of PAs (AAPA) AAPA is the national membership organization for all PAs. PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider.

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Unlocking the Value of Nutrition in Your Practice

Details: Abbott Nutrition recently cited PAs’ important role in nutrition care and in supporting healthcare metrics and key performance indicators that are critical for patient health. Matthew Wright, MS, PA-C, RD, commented on the research, nutrition care upon hospitalization and discharge, and calls to action for PAs.

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PAs Can Bring Cost-Effective Care to Complex Patients

Details: Increased frequency of health visits and hospital readmissions are, in part, driving the high cost of MCC. Of those with zero to one chronic conditions, only 4% had 13 or more doctor visits per year. In contrast, 46% of those with six or more chronic conditions visited their doctor 13 or more times.

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Miles to go for Quality Healthcare, Frontier Nevada

Details: It was then she felt compelled to seize the opportunity and open a rural healthcare center. The process was arduous, but with persistence, financial support, and a partnership with the closest hospital, Battle Mountain General Hospital, Kingston Health Center opened its doors in June of 2015. Now, PA Miles is the only healthcare provider for miles.

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2021 Publishing Award Recipient Conducted First Survey of

Details: The most common transgender health topics included differentiating between behavior and identity, followed by health disparities and barriers to care. “This research project was the culmination of years of work,” Rolls says. “It started as my capstone project while I was earning my master of education in the health professions at Johns

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Federal COVID-19 Emergency Legislation Authorizes PAs to

Details: Federal COVID-19 Emergency Legislation Authorizes PAs to Order Home Health Services. A bill AAPA has long advocated for, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 296/H.R. 2150), was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act” (H.R. 748) that was signed today by the president.

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PA Employer Q&A with Allegheny Health Network

Details: By Jennifer L. Walker. As part of our PA Employer Q&A series, AAPA talked with Susan Manzi, MD, MPH, chair of the department of medicine and co-director of the Lupus Center of Excellence at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN), a network of eight hospitals that serve 29 counties in Pennsylvania, as well as some areas of New York, Ohio and West Virginia.

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Medicare Makes Major PA-Positive Changes for 2020

Details: Additionally, earlier this year, the Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, removed the requirement for a PA to have a supervisory physician. IHS requirements for PA practice now state that the PA’s clinical privileges shall be commensurate with their competencies and operational needs for

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25 Ways Your Program Can Improve Community Health

Details: Community Health The list below was created based on the work of the 2015-2016 Community Health volunteer group of the Student Academy of AAPA. The work began with Resolution 2015-12 which was passed in the Assembly of Representatives in May 2015. Both a community health survey and discussion board were created in order to examine what type of

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Obesity Leadership Edge

Details: Obesity Leadership Edge. Overview. Overweight and obesity compose a chronic disease of epidemic proportions that presents on a continuum, likely affecting nearly two out of every three patients treated by PAs. The effective treatment of overweight and obesity requires an efficient and timely process of screening, diagnosis, evaluation of

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The Role of Social Determinants of Health in Clinical

Details: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play. This activity defines and explores the many dimensions of SDOH and the effects of SDOH on population health, how they inform your patient encounters and medical decision making, and the connection between SDOH and health outcomes.

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Conduct Research to Show Impact of PA Profession on Health

Details: Research is imperative to show the PA profession’s impact on health outcomes as seen in medicine by other health care professionals. (1) To identify and reach consensus on key questions regarding the PA profession upon which the framework for a research agenda would be built. (2) To identify and reach consensus on core strategic, specific

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‘Healthcare Avenger’ and Social Influencer ZDogg MD to

Details: Damania left Stanford in 2012 to start Turntable Health, a team-based preventive-care clinic in Las Vegas, which was backed by the late Tony Hsieh, the former chief executive officer of online clothier Zappos.com LLC. The clinics closed in mid-2017 and Damania moved back to California to launch The ZDoggMD Show and continue evangelizing for change.

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