Physician Assistants React to Supreme Court Decision on Healthcare Reform
Alexandria, VA (June 28, 2012) — Today’s Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will undoubtedly shape the nation’s healthcare system for decades to come. Representing a profession of more than 84,000 providers, the American Academy of Physician Assistants welcomes the Court’s process and position on this important legislation.
A physician assistant and legislative expert is available to provide key insights on today’s ruling, particularly the following provisions impacting quality healthcare delivery:
- Increasing primary care access
- Effective use of healthcare providers’ education and expertise
- Consumer protections
- Patient-centered, team-based healthcare delivery
During the 2009 healthcare reform legislation debate, physician assistants were a strong voice for high-quality, affordable, team-based patient care. With a rapidly growing workforce that saw more than 300 million patients in nearly every medical setting and specialty in 2010, PAs will continue to play a significant role increasing access to care, particularly in the area of care coordination in a team-based setting.
Who: Ann Davis, PA-C, AAPA Senior Director of State Advocacy and Outreach.
Why: The healthcare community is placing an emphasis on the value of patient-centered care, and state legislatures are considering bills to create insurance exchanges and support new models of care included in the PPACA. PAs are well-suited to coordinate all aspects of care for patients and keep close a watch on preventing chronic illness. AAPA is committed to working with Congress to enact healthcare legislation that meets the needs of the American people.
When: Interviews are available upon request. Contact Brooke Braun at gro.apaanull@nuarbb or 571-319-4378.
About the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Founded in 1968, the American Academy of Physician Assistants is the national professional society for physician assistants. It represents a profession of more than 84,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and within the uniformed services. AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. It works to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of physician assistants and to enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare. Visit http://www.aapa.org to learn more.
Patrick Dunne, AAPA, gro.apaanull@ennudp, 571-319-4394
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