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  • April 07, 2021 9:30 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed legislation today that repeals requirements for PAs to have a specific relationship with a physician or other provider in order to practice. The new law also recognizes PAs‘ ability to practice medicine consistent with their education, training, and experience.

    Senate File 0033, sponsored by Senator Fred Baldwin, PA-C, makes historic improvements to PA practice in the state and is the result of the dedication and hard work of the Wyoming Association of PAs (WAPA).

    “I sponsored this bill to increase patient access to care,” said Sen. Baldwin, PA-C. “I know firsthand that PAs provide high-quality care and are vital to meeting patient demand for health care in our state. For too long, unnecessary state law requirements have created barriers limiting PAs’ ability to meet this demand and I appreciate my legislative colleagues’ support of these important changes.”

    The new law also states that PAs may collaborate with or refer to the appropriate member of a health care team as indicated by the patient’s condition; the current standard of care; and the PA’s education, experience, and competence. Collaboration is determined at the practice level, which allows for greater flexibility among treating providers.

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  • March 30, 2021 1:30 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    Physician Assistant History Society

    During Women’s History Month, the PA History Society has been featuring notable female PAs and their inspiring stories on its special exhibit webpage and on social media. 

    Stories include (but are not limited to):

    Catherine Dragon, a female PA in the early years of the profession 

    Clara Vanderbilt, one of the first PAs to be trained in surgery

    Karen Bass, the first PA to sit on the US House of Representatives

    Pauline Gross, the second female PA to receive Colonel rank in the Army

    Jacqueline Barnett, a PA educator and advocate for diversity in the profession

    A new article located at the bottom of the exhibit page also features exciting news about Certified PA Hayley Arceneaux. Arceneaux is a bone cancer survivor and the youngest American to be going into space this October!  

    Also, please check out the AAPA Women’s Interest Caucus article here to read about Evelyn Stead (the wife of Dr. Stead and an innovator!), and learn more about these PAs who are making history by making a difference outside the United States: Ruth BallwegKathy Pedersen and Dana Sayre-Stanhope.

    As this month marked a year since the pandemic began, the PA History Society would like to send a huge thank you to all of the PAs who have continued to work relentlessly to treat and care for patients battling COVID-19.

    For all things PA history, please visit our website and be sure to “like” PA History Society on Facebook to receive weekly updates, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

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  • March 30, 2021 12:41 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    Please keep in mind that NCCPA extended the December 31, 2020 deadline for maintaining certification to March 31, 2021. If you've earned and/or logged CME with the AAPA or PAEA , you must log those credits with NCCPA in order to maintain your certification.  Since you typically take care of certification maintenance at the end of the year, we wanted to make sure you aren't missing important deadlines with NCCPA.

    For more information, log onto your NCCPA record at

    NCCPA understands that things can happen and have policies in place to help in specific situations. If you need to request an exception to policy (ETP) or extension of certification maintenance requirements, you can sign in to your online record to submit an ETP. For more information visit:

  • March 29, 2021 8:17 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    The awards process is the single most important means that APAOG has for recognizing PAs who have made significant contributions in women's health. See below for more information on the awards available. To submit a new nomination or view past winners, please click here.

    The call for nominations for 2021 will begin Monday, March 29 and close on Friday, April 9. APAOG Board of Directors will review the nominations and winners will be contacted shortly thereafter. Thank you!

  • March 22, 2021 2:50 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    U.S. birthing persons are more likely to die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth than in our peer nations, and many health inequities are present among those who are dying. ORWH recently led the development of a special issue of the Journal of Women’s Health , bringing MMM to the forefront. The special issue offers a research road map to help end this public health crisis. It showcases the work of NIH, other Federal agencies, and the scientific community to understand contributing factors, improve care, and prevent these devastating losses. We encourage you to review the special issue’s open-access articles to learn more.

    In response to rising U.S. rates of MMM, NIH is supporting efforts to address this public health crisis in a number of ways:

    • To further encourage people to stay engaged and informed around MMM, ORWH hosted a Twitter chat on February 24. Thank you if you were able to participate! In addition, ORWH’s “Maternal Health Mondays” on Twitter and Facebook will bring attention to MMM by highlighting one of the 21 articles in the Journal of Women’s Health’s special issue articles over the next several months.
    • To rapidly award and fund regional coalitions testing evidence-based interventions to improve heart, lung, and sleep health outcomes before and during pregnancy among disproportionately affected populations, NIH issued the Maternal Health Community Implementation Project. Applications are due March 29, 2021.

    For more NIH resources on maternal health and MMM, feel free to visit the following:

    For more on other U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) resources relevant to maternal health and MMM, please visit the following:

  • March 16, 2021 8:39 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology | March 16

    Newsweek (3/15, Georgiou) reports there are rumors online that SARS-CoV-2 vaccines can cause infertility, but “experts say such claims are unfounded.” For example, the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists and the British Fertility Society said in their published guidance on the topic, “There is absolutely no evidence, and no theoretical reason, that any of the vaccines can affect the fertility of women or men.” Meanwhile, ACOG “has also issued a statement debunking claims that the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S. are a cause of infertility, noting that they have been ‘scientifically disproven.’” In their statement, ACOG explains how the different vaccines work and why those mechanisms cannot cause infertility in women or men. In addition, ACOG also “recommend that people of reproductive age who are eligible should get vaccinated, including women who are contemplating or trying to have a baby.”

  • March 15, 2021 11:24 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    CDC’s  Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is seeking qualified PAs for ACIP Membership. ACIP members are acknowledged experts with an outstanding record of achievement in their own field and an understanding of the immunization issues covered by ACIP. They have a responsibility to provide CDC with high quality, well-considered advice and recommendations on matters described in the ACIP Charter.

    • If you would like to be considered for nomination for this opportunity by AAPA’s  Board of Directors, please submit a Statement of Interest along with your CV no later than Thursday, April 22, 2021. Your application will be considered by the External Affairs Committee and the AAPA Board of Directors. If selected for nomination, you would then complete the ACIP application and the AAPA Board Recommendation would be considered as one of your four Letters of Recommendation.
    • If you would like to apply independently from AAPA, visit the ACIP application page and complete the application by July 23, 2021: 

    If appointed by the ACIP, your appointment term would begin July 1, 2022.

    Click here for more information!

  • March 11, 2021 10:46 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor and delivery are thought of as the riskiest times for new mothers, but many women die in the weeks and months after giving birth. Now a provision in the COVID-19 relief bill could help change that.

    The legislation gives states the option of extending Medicaid coverage to women with low to modest incomes for a full year after childbirth. States are currently required to provide 60 days of coverage, but medical experts point to research showing that women can die from pregnancy-related conditions up to a year after giving birth, and that 3 in 5 of all such deaths are preventable.

    The maternal health provisions would make it easier for states to cover new mothers for a full year by cutting the time and paperwork needed to obtain approval from Washington under Medicaid, as well as the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Maternal health advisory groups in 19 states, from Texas to Massachusetts, and Washington to Tennessee, have recommended such an extension. Last year a bipartisan bill to do so cleared the House but failed to advance in the Senate.

    The legislation has been shepherded by Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., who serves on the House committee that oversees Medicaid, the federal-state program covering about 1 in 5 Americans, from many newborns, to low-income adults and frail nursing home residents. Kelly explained that a constituent brought the problem to her attention several years ago.

    “I never realized that maternal mortality was such a big issue in this country,” said Kelly, who represents Chicago.

    It’s particularly serious for Black women, whose pregnancy-related death rate is three times that of white women. “For Black women, it cuts across socio-economic levels,” said Kelly, who is Black. “It’s a health equity issue.”

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  • March 08, 2021 8:10 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    JAAPA | Jackson, Toni MMS, PA-C; Watkins, Elyse DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

    Previously called spontaneous abortion, early pregnancy loss (EPL) is the preferred term encompassing threatened abortion, incomplete abortion, complete abortion, and anembryonic pregnancy. EPL has many causes, including chromosomal abnormalities, immunologic and infectious causes, and underlying maternal risk factors. Because many patients present with first-trimester bleeding, clinicians must know the appropriate evaluation and management techniques.

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  • February 25, 2021 2:30 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    Survey: OBGYNs Report That the Affordable Care Act Has Increased Use of Contraceptives Among Patients, but the Cost of Reproductive Health Care Still a Burden for Their Low-Income Patients

    As the nation awaits the Supreme Court ruling on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a 2020 KFF survey of obstetrician-gynecologists (OBGYNs) finds that since implementation of the ACA’s contraceptive coverage requirement, nearly two-thirds of OBGYNs (63%) reported an increase in contraceptive uptake from their patients and 69% reported an increase in their patients use of their desired contraceptive method. However, nearly all OBGYNs (92%) reported the cost of reproductive health care services still presents a challenge for low-income patients.

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    Some key findings include:

    • Nearly all OBGYNs offered their patients some forms of contraceptive care, but just 18% of OBGYNs offered their patients all methods of non-permanent contraception that must be either prescribed or provided by a clinician. These methods include the pill, patch, ring, diaphragm or cervical cap, intrauterine devices (IUDs), contraceptive implants (Nexplanon), contraceptive injections (Depo-Provera) and emergency contraception (Copper IUD and Ulipristal Acetate/Ella). Those that offered all methods tended to be younger and work in large practices, with more than 10 clinicians.
    • Most OBGYNs (75%) reported their practices did not provide abortions for pregnancy termination, but over one in five (23%) worked in practices that do. Abortion provision was more common among OBGYNs in urban and suburban locations compared to rural, and in the Northeast and West compared to the Midwest and South.
    • A sizeable minority said they had encountered at least one Medicaid restriction regarding contraceptive care, including needing to obtain prior authorization (45%), being limited to an initial contraceptive supply of 30 days (33%), requiring “step-therapy” (15%) or being denied immediate replacement of expelled or removed LARCs (15%).
    • Over six in ten OBGYNs reported an increase in the share of their patients who were using any contraceptive method (63%) as well as their desired contraceptive method (69%) since implementation of the ACA’s contraceptive coverage requirement in 2012.

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