As licensed medical providers, PAs are critical to enhancing access to care in rural and underserved areas. 

Physician assistants (PAs) are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. 

 
 

PA-PHYSICIAN TEAMS DELIVER HIGH-QUALITY CARE.

PAs are a key part of the patient-centered healthcare team, licensed to practice medicine, prescribe medication, treat chronic illnesses and assist in surgery in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

PAs practice medicine.   

  • PAs practice in every medical and surgical specialty and setting.  

  • PAs manage the full scope of patient care, often handling patients with comorbidities.  

  • PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, assist in surgery, coordinate care, counsel on preventive healthcare, prescribe medications and more.   

 

 

Mississippi has a healthcare problem

 

Providing adequate, quality healthcare is Mississippi's pressing challenge.

 
 
 

Mississippi already occupies the bottom of nearly every health metric.

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there is a looming national shortage of physicians

 
 

With a growing, aging population, the demand for physicians has intensified, and communities around the country are already experiencing doctor shortages.

These shortages pose a real risk to patients. Because it takes between five and 10 years to train a doctor

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES (AAMC) REPORTED LAST MARCH THE U.S. MAY SEE A SHORTAGE OF 90,000 PHYSICIANS BY 2025.

Rural areas are hit especially hard despite government incentives for physicians to practice in shortage areas.

 

Mississippi needs compassionate practitioners to extend the care that physicians provide and increase access to care.

PAs adaptability and superior cost-effectiveness, play a crucial role in the health care delivery system, particularly in rural communities where populations are vulnerable, access is limited, and income levels are low.

 
State policymakers struggling with health care workforce shortages in underserved communities, including many rural areas, might consider the potential benefits and costs of expanding the integration of PAs into the evolving health care delivery system. To do so, states can examine existing regulations, the availability of training programs, and incentives to guide PAs to needed practice areas.
-National Governors Association (follow link for full text)
 
 

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Congratulations to the new 2016-2017 MAPA board!


President- Lauren English
President Elect- Leah Calder
Secretary- Vanessa Perniciaro
Treasurer- Laura Saia
Members at Large
North- Matt Garner
Central- Gavin Nowell
Southern- Karmen Clark
AAPA HOD
Murl Dotson
Stephen English

 

Be proud of yourself #PAs #MAPA #healthms

Posted by MAPA - Mississippi Academy of Physician Assistants on Friday, February 19, 2016