Full Practice Authority and Responsibility

The Joint Task Force Proposal: Optimal Team Practice

April 5, 2017

The Report of the Joint Task Force (JTF) on the Future of PA Practice Authority is now available. It includes analysis of the feedback about JTF’s initial proposal and the changes made to the proposal thanks to that feedback. The JTF’s recommendations would make changes to AAPA’s Guidelines for State Regulation of PA Practice. These guidelines, which form the basis for the AAPA Model State Legislation, recognize that a state’s unique political and healthcare climate may require changes to some provisions. The final JTF resolution for “Optimal Team Practice,” submitted to AAPA’s House of Delegates for consideration in May, embraces the PA profession’s desire to continue to work closely in teams with physicians, but removes burdensome requirements for PAs to have or report a specific relationship with a physician or group of physicians to be able to practice. It also includes a strong recommendation for an autonomous state PA board that is composed of a majority of PAs, and would codify PA eligibility for direct reimbursement from public and private insurers.

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FPAR Survey Results Now Available

Survey results are in from more than 12,000 PAs, retired PAs, and PA students regarding Full Practice Authority and Responsibility (FPAR) as proposed by AAPA’s Joint Task Force on the Future of PA Practice Authority. Overall, 72 percent of respondents expressed support for it. Read the report(s), complilation of respondant comments, or view slides to see what PAs had to say.



New Infographic Presents PA Obstacles in Marketplace

Data suggest that PAs face new obstacles in a changing healthcare marketplace. An AAPA infographic shows how PAs are feeling the professional pinch for two main reasons: fewer physicians own their practices these days and more states give NPs full practice authority, which means they can operate without a collaborating physician.