Casey Schanz, PA-C and Sarah Bigelow, PA-C attended the AAPA House of Delegates meeting May 23 – 25 in San Francisco. Here is the 2015 House of Delegates Report which includes topics of interest. For a full report click the link below or go to the AAPA website at AAPA.org
Group A: https://www.aapa.org/workarea/downloadasset.aspx?id=2147485598
Group B: Has not yet been submitted.
Group C: https://www.aapa.org/workarea/downloadasset.aspx?id=2147485600
2015-A-04: HOD passed
HOD voted for changing the wording to Chief Executive Officer from Executive Vice President. Also Chief Executive Officer shall be under the direction and supervision of the board of directors...
This was changed to be more consistent with industry standards for non-profits in regards to the interactions between the BOD and the CEO.
2015-A-08(a): HOD passed
A PA must be a Fellow Member for three years in order to be a candidate for elected positions other than the Student Director or Nominating Work Group. This helps ensure the continued desire to serve fellow PA's but does not limit the experience to be within the last five years.
2015-A-13: Was rejected.
The body felt retired PA's still can be a fellow member and retain all privileges as a fellow if they want. Retired PA's are entitled to the floor and can vote for academy officers and directors with some exceptions.
2015-B-01: HOD passed
Wording has been changed to be more consistent with AAPA wording. The word "supervision" is not accurate with what we do. Current wording is more in line with PA's practice medicine. We practice medicine and in many cases we are the lead of a healthcare team.
2015-B-10: HOD rejected
It was proposed to allow the name of Physician Assistant or Physician Associate. This has been rejected multiple times over the past years. It would be very costly and require many bills to be opened again and this can lead to many unintended complications. Although the word Assistant can be thought of as derogatory and is not in line with what we do this policy was rejected. It was discussed that the AAPA already has been emphasizing using PA more instead of Physician Assistant. We should be referring to ourselves as PA's and not an assistant.
2015-B-11: HOD rejected
Recertification is now every 10 years and there is "grandfathering in". The HOD did not agree with once you pass the boards twice that it was no longer necessary to take the boards again.
2015-B-12: HOD rejected
It was proposed schools who offer more than 120 credits may offer a doctorate degree. It was thought that this would increase tuition and is unnecessary. The increase of credits does not necessarily mean a higher or better education.
2015-B-20: HOD passed
AAPA opposes entry level doctorate degrees. AAPA is in support of entry level master degrees.
2015-B-21: HOD rejected
Proposed the AAPA discourage specialty exams. This was rejected as there are already policies with the AAPA that opposes the CAQ's and this policy would be redundant.
2015-C-05-Advcom: HOD passed
AAPA supports various policies to support PA's to work in the primary care setting.
It was also mentioned that PA's should be referred to as PA's and not mid-level providers. Do you prescribe a mid-level antibiotic or a mid-level hypertensive medication? Do you provide mid-level care or is it the same healthcare standards other healthcare providers are expected to provide? We are PA's and not mid-level providers.
There were many more policies debated; some passed and some rejected. These policies in whole with the rationale of the policy and testimonies of both Pro and Con for the policies can be found by clicking the links or by going to the AAPA website.
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