Session Details
 N20086 - It's Not House of Cards: How Washington REALLY Works and How PAs Can Effectuate Positive Change
Saturday, May 16, 2020
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
$0     CME 
Location: 201
The session will discuss how federal policy impacts the PA profession and how federal advocacy can improve PA practice. It will cover the federal role in the origins of the PA profession and early ties to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs. How did federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid shape PA practice and what services PAs are paid to deliver? It will include an overview of AAPA's current top agenda items related to federal advocacy. In spring 2020, these are likely to include Medicare direct pay, making progress toward optimal team practice for PAs in federal employment, and policies addressing the opioid epidemic. The session will include information on best practices used by citizen advocates and groups. It will discuss PA PAC and advocacy efforts health providers engage in by PAs and other organized health professions.

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

• Review historical relationship between federal government and the PA profession
• Recognize how federal healthcare programs and the federal workforce impact the PA profession
• Review AAPA's current federal policy priorities and explain how advocacy can improve PA practice and patient care
• Identify best practices for federal advocacy, how to overcome challenges to achieve success, and PA PAC
• Leverage existing relationships and resources of SOs and state COs to impact federal policy