PAHPM had an incredibly productive time at the AAPA IMPACT 2012 CME. Yesterday the busy board members (and lecturers) finally got some time to attend some more of the CME sessions! We are happy to have made some valuable connections and felt we were very successful in getting the word out that the PA Hospice Bill needs as much support as possible. And yes - if you are reading this - this means YOU too! You do not have to be a PA to log on to the Legislative Action Page on the AAPA website so PLEASE ask your friends and family to click the link and contact their legislators!http://capwiz.com/aapa/issues/alert/?alertid=60807531
Thanks, as always, for your support!
The CN Tower in Toronto.
HOD Update: This morning's discussion centered on whether we should have a task force (either internal or external) to look at the name change issue and its ramifications. The issue was not dealing with the name change itself; rather, the mechanism to investigate the possible change and the potential expenses involved with the investigation of the name change. It is unclear who will be appointing the task force and whether it will be comprised of outside resources or staff resources within the AAPA. There is a resolution that will be voted on tomorrow.
More HOD Updates: James Delaney was warmly welcomed as the new President of AAPA by outgoing current president Robert Wooten. He is particularly interested in increasing AAPA's partnership with students, Constituent Organizations (COs), outside organizations (our physician colleagues), and the military and federal government as well as focusing on preventative health and team-based medical models.
It's Day One at AAPA IMPACT 2012 in Toronto. The opening session was great; Robert Wooten (AAPA President) gave an inspirational and positive speech. As always, the vignettes of the PA PAragon Award winners makes me proud to be a PA and drives me to want to do more for our profession and our patients.
Today, we were asked to participate in the Specialty VIP Roundtable Discussion, where our specialty organization leaders will be joined by leaders of our partner medical associations to discuss issues regarding PAs, PA practice, and how we can help fill the need for providers in the years ahead with a physician shortage projected. Stay tuned - the discussion is later on today.
From the House of Delegates: A resolution to honor Marilyn Fitzgerald, PA-C, was overwhelmingly approved. She has been an amazing support to PAs at all levels, in all specialties, and within a diverse and ever-changing Academy.
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) completed a study, America's Care of Serious Illnesses: A State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation's Hospitals. This study examined access to palliative care in hospitals throughout the 50 States. The goal was to help the public and policymakers increase availablity of these services. A similar study was done in 2008. Click link below to read more and see how your state is doing.