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  • 21 Jun 2022 10:55 AM | Jenny Thomasson (Administrator)

    DHSS invites you to join us in a virtual session on Test-to-Treat options.  We will go over the latest information about COVID-19 therapeutics, testing, and vaccines.  

    Who: Clinicians, Public Health, Community Leaders, Hospitals, Pharmacists, Tribal Health Partners, Emergency Managers, EMS, and more!
    What: A virtual informational and Q&A session for Test-to-Treat in Alaska and other COVID-19 updates
    When: See  flyer  
    Where: See flyer for your regions link 
    Why: Our goal is to offer resources on COVID-19 therapeutics at the community level, and to share and understand local challenges, barriers, resources, and ultimately strengthen partnerships.

    We will go over:  

    • Detailed overview of current COVID-19 therapeutics options 
    • Who is considered high-risk, and who is eligible for outpatient treatment 
    • Who is eligible for pre-exposure prophylaxis (Evusheld) 
    • Prescribing information and clinical considerations for treatments 
    • Barriers to increasing access to therapeutics, and strategies to overcome them 
    • The latest vaccine information 
    • The latest testing information 
    • Tools for the community and for clinicians 

    Before the session, please take a moment to look over the following: 

    1. Are you familiar with the EUAs and prescribing information for COVID-19 therapeutics?   
    1. Are the treatment site locator maps for your community accurate? Please review:  
    1. How is access to testing in your community?  Will that change in the coming months?  
    2. Is the public aware of treatment options, and what strategies would be most effective in your community to increase public awareness?
    For more information on COVID therapeutics, visit http://covidrx.alaska.gov 


  • 19 May 2022 9:18 AM | Jenny Thomasson (Administrator)

    In a partnership with the Alaska State Medical Association, Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association and many others your Alaska Academy of PAs helped advocate for the successful passage of House Bill 265 within the Alaska Legislature.  HB265 will ensure parity of telemedicine that includes PA service. HB265 will also ensure telemedicine can provide direct access to specialty care outside of Alaska via referral by Alaska providers. After a patient has established in person care, HB265 waives the requirement of in-person encounters to receive chronic medications that may be controlled. AKAPA has been advocating for our profession and expanding access. Your membership and commitment to Alaska PAs help continue this effort.  Thank you from the AKAPA Executive Board. 

  • 17 May 2022 9:37 AM | Jenny Thomasson (Administrator)

    Good Work AKAPA!!

    In a partnership with Alaska NPs, your Alaska Academy of PAs helped advocate for the successful passage of House Bill 392 (HB392) within the Alaska Legislature. HB392 will ensure access to efficient, timely and quality health care support for Alaskans and their families in difficult times - making care decisions with respect to life-sustaining directives and prioritizing dignity. House Bill 392 once signed into law will ensure advanced practice practitioners can provide life-sustaining orders when someone is critical and sign off on end-of-life processes as determined by the patient and their care teams.  Providing hospice continuity was key to this legislation by PAs. AKAPA has been advocating for our profession and expanding access. Your membership and commitment to Alaska PAs help continue this effort.  Thank you from the AKAPA Executive Board. 

    For more info/training on POLST and life-staining measures consider: https://www.ashnha.com/polst

  • 04 May 2022 2:36 PM | Jenny Thomasson (Administrator)

    AKAPA leaders are diligently working to modernize PA practice in the state of Alaska.  The legislative committee met for several months with members of the state medical board and pursued improvements to the regulations that govern PA practice. Efforts to make meaningful change with the state medical board have stalled.  This letter has been submitted to SMB leadership, requesting that these efforts resume.  A pdf of the letter can be downloaded here.


  • 26 Mar 2020 4:33 PM | Jenny Thomasson (Administrator)

    Attention all Alaskan PA's. See the attached bill proposal, SB 241, in response to Gov. Dunleavy's declaration of a public health disaster emergency in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.  http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/31?Root=sb241

    We will continue to update you as this bill moves along. Additionally, the AKAPA has written a letter in response to the legislation offering a suggested amendment. That letter can be viewed here

    If you have any questions please contact the board at info@akapa.org



  • 17 Dec 2019 4:19 PM | Jenny Thomasson (Administrator)

    Great news! The Alaska State Medical Association has completed the redesign of its website and Physician Assistants can now join the association online!

    The Alaska Academy of PAs encourages all its members to join ASMA!
    www.asmadocs.org

  • 30 Sep 2019 4:17 PM | Jenny Thomasson (Administrator)

    Fellow Members are encourage to self nominate or nominate a PA that will help write the next chapter for the profession!

    Click here to find out what positions are open and to download a nomination form!


  • 13 Mar 2019 1:20 PM | Jenny Thomasson (Administrator)

    SB 44 hearing TOMORROW Thursday, March 14 @ 1:30pm

    Location: SenateLabor and Commerce Committee.

    Committee Members are:

    Chair- Sen. Lora Reinbold –Eagle River area

    Sen. Costello – Sand Lakearea

    Sen. Click Bishop – Fairbanksarea

    Sen. Chris Birch – Anchoragelower hillside

    Sen. Elvi Gray Jackson –Anchorage Fairview area

    If you are a PA residing in these areas, or are directly impacted by telehealth legislation please reach out to a Committee Member above before the meeting.

    If you are in Juneau and can attend in person: http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/31?Root=sb44

    If you can make time to call to testify please contact Jane Conway TODAY at jane.conway@akleg.gov or by phone at 907-465-3623 for call-in information. 

    If you call or attend in person be prepared to give a 1-2 minute testimony on why you support SB 44, what issues it will solve, etc. Also, you may get questions on what PAs do, their education, underserved areas, etc.


  • 13 Mar 2019 1:16 PM | Jenny Thomasson (Administrator)

    The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has announced a new SHARP-1 loan repayment opportunity for selected healthcare practitioners including physician assistants. Application forms will be available starting Monday, April 1, 2019. 

    For more information on this program please click here.  


  • 25 Jul 2018 1:50 PM | Jenny Thomasson (Administrator)

    More states are lifting restrictions and regulatory hurdles to allow physician assistants to work more “collaboratively” with physicians as the team-based approach to healthcare takes hold.

    Historically, states have required physicians to more closely monitor physician assistants (PAs) in what some have said led to redundant tasks or slowed the ability of patients to get the care they needed in a timely fashion.

    But physician assistants -- like nurse practitioners -- are successfully convincing lawmakers and governors to break down regulatory hurdles to their patients for a variety of reasons, including the physician shortage and general comfort U.S. patients have with being treated by someone other than a doctor. Such changes to regulations, or scope of practice laws, are the result of state legislative sessions that are just wrapping up this spring.

    To read the complete article click here.

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