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Now for VNA!!!



Dear AAPA Members,

I am thrilled to report great news for our patients and for PAs! Early this morning, Congress passed and the President signed into law a provision that allows PAs to manage and provide hospice care to Medicare patients. This success comes after years of hard work from literally hundreds of PAs who have personally made the case to federal lawmakers, and from AAPA’s terrific advocacy team. AAPA is particularly grateful to Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) who championed this legislation, as well as Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), and Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), key supporters of the hospice provision.

And hospice wasn’t the only hard-fought, significant victory. The new law also allows PAs to supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs under the Medicare program.

I’d like to thank all AAPA members for their support as we advocated for this important provision. Improvements like these make it possible for thousands of vulnerable Medicare patients to continue to receive high-quality healthcare from PAs.




L. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA 
President and Chair of the Board 
American Academy of PAs

P.S. Keep the momentum going by renewing your AAPA membership, volunteering on an AAPA committee, or by contributing to PA PAC, the only federal healthcare political action committee representing PAs.

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New Law Permits PAs to Provide Hospice Care to Medicare Patients

Contact: Berit Mansour, 571-319-4394, bmansour@aapa.org

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Feb. 9, 2018) – This morning, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law two improvements to Medicare that represent significant victories for PAs and the patients they serve.

The first improvement will allow PAs to manage and provide hospice care to terminally-ill Medicare patients; another will allow PAs to supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs under the Medicare program.

Specifically, the new law modernizes outdated Medicare law with language specific to PAs in the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act.

“Literally hundreds of PAs have made the case to members of Congress about the necessity to eliminate the unwarranted restrictions which have prevented PAs from providing hospice care to their Medicare patients. Too many PAs have patients that have been under their care for years who have been forced to choose between continued care and hospice,” said L. Gail Curtis, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA, president and chair of AAPA’s Board of Directors. “This new law will empower PAs to offer continuity of care at a time when patients and their families are most vulnerable.”

Medicare beneficiaries throughout the nation, especially those living in rural and other medically underserved communities where PAs may be the sole healthcare professional, will benefit from this important legislation. This change will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

AAPA is thankful to the Congressional champions who supported this legislative change, including Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Tom Carper (D-DE), and Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Mike Thompson (D-CA).

The new law also includes language from the Improving Access to Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Act, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2024, to allow PAs and other advanced practice providers to supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs for Medicare patients.

The Congressional champions for this legislative change include Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and John Lewis (D-GA).

These healthcare provisions were part of a two-year budget agreement that includes stopgap government funding that runs through March 23, 2018. AAPA will continue to push for additional changes to improve PA practice for the more than 123,000 PAs and the patients they serve.














Well those are not quick time frames........

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1 hour ago, Cideous said:

Change our name.  That will impress me.

Probably won't ever happen so use your energy on constructive issues other than a stupid name. I would rather see OTP with our same name than no changes, but we are "Medical Practitioners" now. Let's get real and start chopping at real issues that matter to our everyday work and then we maybe can not have to worry about our name so much.  

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1 hour ago, Reality Check 2 said:

Now, one more step toward signing home health, diabetic shoes and all the other stupid things we are restricted from.

My motto still stands - I can declare you dead, give you Cat 1 meds but can't get you a pair of diabetic shoes or home health after a total knee.....



Cat1 meds??  RC2  i hope you are not providing Sch 1 meds???

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