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March 02, 2022

On behalf of Physician Assistants across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants (KAPA) has made great strides in improving opportunities for PAs over the past several years.  These advances have also positioned KAPA to better respond to the professional needs of PAs across Kentucky. In late 2020 our board of directors put together a needs assessment to capture what KAPA should be offering to our membership. A few common themes emerged, we moved quickly to create the programs and initiatives our members desired. 

In early 2021 KAPA launched our Online CME portal, followed shortly by an auto-renewal membership for Fellow members of KAPA, and we're excited to announce a brand new set of discounts for KAPA members from our partners. KAPA has worked to secure exclusive member-only discounts from the YMCA, Louisville City FC/Racing Louisville, Hello Fresh, Mutual of Omaha, and Massage Envy. For more details on those discounts visit the link below!

February 21, 2022

Join the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants (KAPA) for our first ever virtual Spring CME Symposium. In 2020 Physician Assistants (PA) in Kentucky achieved expanded prescriptive authority under state law. KAPA is committed to supporting KY PAs as they meet their CME requirements to prescribe schedule III-V medications. With that in mind our Spring Symposium will be dedicated to topics around safe prescribing, controlled substance diversion, and community interventions.

February 09, 2022

You’re invited! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 30, 2022 and join the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute for the symposium, The Very Latest in Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery: Focus on Interventional Cardiology!

May 25, 2021

On May 24th 2021, the AAPA House of Delegates passed a resolution affirming “Physician Associate” as the official title for the PA profession. This marks the beginning of an exciting process involving changes at both the federal and state levels. This vote followed a formal study conducted by AAPA on the issue over the past several years.

May 18, 2021

In 2020 the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants surveyed our membership and found that PAs across the commonwealth were reporting disparities in understanding of recent PA statute updates from their employers. Following the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly session KAPA has drafted a brief for hospitals, practices, and other employers with outlining recent updates to Kentucky's PA practice statutes.

February 24, 2021

Our government affairs committee has been hard at work advancing several legislative priorities this year. As you may be aware, the 2020 legislative session was shortened due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and as a result several important legislative items were left on the table by the Kentucky General Assembly. Furthermore, COVID-19 restrictions in the capitol have made this year’s advocacy efforts more challenging, which resulted in KAPA having to postpone its traditional Lobby Day event. Fortunately, we are aided by our amazing lobbyists at Top Shelf Lobby who have helped us to navigate a tricky session and keep PA issues top of mind for legislators.

July 22, 2020

Early this morning the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants was notified by the Drug Enforcement Administration that the technical changes have been made to their website to allow Kentucky PAs to register for their DEA control number. While the delay was unfortunate the Louisville DEA field office has been extraordinarily helpful in getting this resolved.

June 30, 2020

Effective July 15th 2020 House Bill 135 takes effect in Kentucky, which would allow for prescriptive authority for Physician Assistants for Schedule III through V controlled substances provided that certain criteria is met beforehand. For more detailed information on how to complete your application for Prescriptive Authority visit our FAQ page.

March 28, 2020

The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants (KAPA) thanks Governor Beshear for swiftly signing a HB 135 into law, authorizing Kentucky PAs (physician assistants) to prescribe Schedule III-V controlled medications.

March 26, 2020

KAPA community members,

This letter comes from a few different places. It comes from KAPA elect president self-quarantining at home in preparation for her return to hospital medicine in a matter of hours. It comes from the president working extended hours as the solo provider in her clinic, fighting for viral testing kits and doing home visits in the after-hours. It comes from the vice president donning PPE as he provides critical care medicine for his patients in the ICU. It comes from the remainder of our board, who like you, are maintaining a leadership role as a healthcare provider in this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 virus.

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