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  • Tue 25   May 2021
    AAPA House of Delegates Update

    AAPA House of Delegates Update

    FRANKFORT, KY | MAY 25, 2021

    AAPA House of Delegates Votes to Change Profession Title to Physician Associate

    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

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  • Tue 18   May 2021
    KAPA Infographic

    KAPA Infographic

    FRANKFORT, KY | 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

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  • Wed 24   Feb 2021
    KAPA #KYGA21 Legislative Update

    KAPA #KYGA21 Legislative Update

    FRANKFORT, KY | 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

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  • Wed 22   Jul 2020
    Registration for DEA Control Numbers Now Open

    Registration for DEA Control Numbers Now Open

    FRANKFORT, KY | 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

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  • Tue 30   Jun 2020
    Prescriptive Authority News

    Prescriptive Authority FAQ

    FRANKFORT, KY | 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

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  • Sat 28   Mar 2020
    Governor Beshear Signs HB 135

    Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants Commends Governor Beshear For Signing HB 135

    FRANKFORT, KY | 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

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  • Thu 26   Mar 2020
    KAPA COVID-19 Update

    KAPA COVID-19 Update

    FRANKFORT, KY | 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

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  • Wed 18   Mar 2020
    House Bill 135 passes the Kentucky General Assembly

    House Bill 135 passes the Kentucky General Assembly

    FRANKFORT, KY | MARCH 18, 2020

    The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants is proud to report that before legislators adjourned yesterday evening House Bill 135, Physician Assistant prescriptive authority, received final passage in the Kentucky

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  • Tue 17   Mar 2020
    House Bill 135 passes Kentucky Senate Unanimously

    House Bill 135 passes Kentucky Senate Unanimously

    FRANKFORT, KY | MARCH 17, 2020

    This afternoon HB 135 was passed out of the Kentucky Senate by a vote of 32-0. Senator Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville) spoke on the legislation on the floor of the Senate.

    “House Bill 135 is a collaborative effort

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  • Tue 03   Mar 2020
    House Bill 135 passes Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee Unanimously

    House Bill 135 passes Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee Unanimously

    FRANKFORT, KY | MARCH 3, 2020

    This morning HB 135 was heard in the Senate Licensing and Occupations committee. Rep. Steve Sheldon was joined by KAPA Vice President Andrew Rutherford PA-C as they presented the legislation in

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  • Thu 13   Feb 2020
    KAPA's Legislative Day 2020

    KAPA's Legislative Day 2020

    FRANKFORT, KY | FEBRUARY 13, 2020

    Charlene M. Morris, DFAAPA, MPAS, PA-C

    Legislative Day for Kentucky PAs on 2/6/20 was an outstanding success. Over 150 PAs, educators, and students convened at the Rotunda in Frankfort on the cold dreary February morning, to gather

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  • Thu 13   Feb 2020
    KAPA Legislative Update

    KAPA's Legislative Update

    FRANKFORT, KY | FEBRUARY 13, 2020

    As you saw late last week House Bill 135, modified prescriptive authority, passed the Kentucky House of Representatives. We could not have done it without the hard work of PA advocates, like you, across the commonwealth. This bill has

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  • Thu 06   Feb 2020
    HB 135 Passes House

    HB 135 Passes

    February 6, 2020
    Frankfort, KY

    The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants is excited to report that House Bill 135 has passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 91-1

    This vote comes on the heels of our 2020 KAPA Lobby Day. Over 150 PAs, students, and other supporters from

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  • Fri 31   Jan 2020
    HB 135 Passes Committee!

    HB 135 Passes Committee!
    Advancing modified prescriptive authority moves forward.

    We’re excited to announce that Rep. Steve Sheldon’s House Bill 135, modified prescriptive authority for Physician Assistants, has passed the House Health and Family Services Committee unanimously. This is an

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  • Tue 21   Jan 2020
    KAPA Legislative Update

    KAPA Legislative Update - Urgent Action Need to Advance Prescriptive Authority

    KAPA Members,

    As you know KAPA leadership has been working diligently on advancing HB135, modified prescriptive authority for Physician Assistants in Kentucky. Our will bill likely be heard in the House Health and

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  • Wed 07   Aug 2019
    KAPA Signs New Lobbying Firm

    KAPA Signs New Lobbying Firm

    Tuesday, August 7, 2019

    The KAPA Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new lobbying partnership with Top Shelf Lobby, a well-renowned Kentucky firm lead by Marc Wilson.

    “The Top Shelf Lobby team is excited about the opportunity to work with the Kentucky Academy

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  • Tue 06   Aug 2019
    2019 PA of the Year Award to Recognize Excellence

    2019 PA of the Year Award to Recognize Excellence

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants (KAPA) established the KAPA PA of the Year Award to honor a physician assistant who has demonstrated exemplary service to the PA profession and the community he/she serves, while

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  • Wed 17   Jul 2019
    Student Poster Abstract Submissions Now Open

    Student Poster Abstract Submissions Now Open for KAPA’s 43rd Annual CME Symposium

    Deadline to Submit is September 20, 2019

    KAPA invites you to submit a poster abstract for presentation at the 2019 Annual CME Symposium. PA Student and pre-PA Student members and nonmembers may submit a poster

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  • Thu 06   Jun 2019
    KAPA's 43rd Annual Fall CME Symposium

    KAPA's 43rd Annual Fall CME Symposium

    Registration Now Open for the 43rd Annual KAPA CME Symposium

    Make plans now to join your friends and colleagues October 24-26, 2019, at the Lexington Convention Center for the 43rd Annual KAPA CME Symposium.

    REGISTER NOW and save! The registration rates will increase

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  • Mon 13   May 2019
    Call For Submissions

    Call For Submissions

    KAPA is looking for submissions for our summer newsletter!

    Have you written an article, blog, or other publication relevant to the PA profession in Kentucky? Submit it to KAPA for publication in our next newsletter!

    We are also accepting nominations for the PA Spotlight for

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  • Fri 10   May 2019
    AAPA kicks off in less than a week!

    AAPA kicks off in less than a week!

    Don’t forget to attend AAPA, May 18-22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado!

    Earn more than 35 AAPA Category 1 CME credits in five days, depending on which sessions you attend.

    KAPA is well represented at AAPA this year. The AAPA House of Delegates (HOD)will meet to enact

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  • Thu 09   May 2019
    2019-2020 Leadership Elections are now OPEN

    KAPA’s 2019-2020 Leadership Elections are now OPEN!

    As a KAPA fellow member, you are allowed to cast a vote for each of the positions listed on the ballot. The link to the ballot was sent via email. Voting is open until May 15th, 2019.

    Should you have questions about the voting process, or need your

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  • Tue 07   May 2019
    Save the Date for the 2019 KAPA Symposium

    Save the Date for the 2019 KAPA Symposium

    Mark your calendars and make plans to join your friends and colleagues for the KAPA 2019 Annual CME Symposium! The date has been finalized and we will be at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, KY from October 24-26, 2019.

  • Thu 14   Mar 2019
    Important Legislative Update

    Important Legislative Update

    After a long, hard-fought advocacy battle, we are disappointed to report that due to constitutional time restraints and a lack of political will, Kentucky Senate Leadership has decided to once again block the movement of House Bill 93. We know the below message is

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  • Thu 20   Dec 2018
    Save the Date for the 2019 KAPA Lobby Day

    Save the Date for the 2019 KAPA Lobby Day

    On Tuesday, February 12th, Physician Assistants from across the Commonwealth will descend on the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort to advocate for our profession, and specifically lobby to allow Physician Assistants prescriptive authority of scheduled

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  • Wed 05   Dec 2018
    Women's Health Provider Education Initiative

    Women's Health Provider Education Initiative

    Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    Bright Pink® is a national nonprofit on a mission to help save lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering women to know their risk and manage their health proactively in partnership with an informed provider (that’s

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  • Fri 17   Aug 2018
    2018 PA of the Year Award to Recognize Excellence

    2018 PA of the Year Award to Recognize Excellence

    Friday, August 17, 2018

    The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants (KAPA) established the KAPA PA of the Year Award to honor a physician assistant who has demonstrated exemplary service to the PA profession and the community he/she serves, while

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  • Mon 09   Apr 2018
    Governor Matt Bevin signs HB 81 into law

    Governor Matt Bevin signs HB 81 into law

    Monday, April 2, 2018

    On April 2, 2018 Governor Matt Bevin signed HB 81 into law which amends KRS 189.456 to include physician assistants on the list of licensed professionals allowed to issue temporary accessible parking placards.

    A special thank you to

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  • Mon 09   Apr 2018
    HB 497 signed by the Governor

    HB 497 signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin

    Monday, April 2, 2018

    On April 2, 2018 HB 497, which amends KRS 202A.011 to include physician assistants on the list of individuals able to serve as qualified mental health professionals, was signed by signed by the Speaker of the House, the President of

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  • Fri 02   Feb 2018
    2018 National Wear Red Day - Go For Women

    2018 National Wear Red Day-Go For Women

    Friday, February 2, 2018

    Today is 2018 National Wear Red Day-Go Red For Women. The students and faculty at the University of the Cumberlands celebrated this day with a photo showing all of us in red. This event is geared to bring awareness to communities

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  • Fri 10   Feb 2017
    Kentucky Seeks to Modernize PA Healthcare Laws and Increase Access to Care

    Kentucky Seeks to Modernize PA Healthcare Laws and Increase Access to Care

    September 21, 2017 is Last State to Propose Legislation Allowing PAs to Prescribe Controlled Medications.

    Lexington, KY., February 10, 2017 – As the only state currently not allowing patients to take advantage of PAs

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  • Tue 07   Feb 2017
    Expand PA Prescription Authority

    Expand PA Prescription Authority

    Throughout the U.S., physician assistants are helping expand patient access to high quality care. PAs are highly trained medical professionals that work in medical teams. In every state but one they have the authority to prescribe controlled medications.

    Kentucky

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  • Tue 06   Dec 2016
    Sen. Tom Buford (R) Has Prefiled a Bill to Amend KRS 311.856 to Give PAs Modified Prescriptive Authority to Prescribe Schedule II-V Controlled Substances

    Sen. Tom Buford (R) Has Prefiled a Bill to Amend KRS 311.856 to Give PAs Modified Prescriptive Authority to Prescribe Schedule II-V Controlled Substances

    Sen. Tom Buford (R-Nicholasville) has prefiled a bill (BR 226) to amend the current legislation in KRS 311.856 to give PAs modified prescriptive

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  • Mon 22   Dec 2014
  • Thu 09   Oct 2014
    KAPA Issue Brief: Coming Up Short Kentucky Laws Restrict Deployment of Physician Assistants, and Access to High-Quality Health Care for Kentuckians

    KAPA Issue Brief: Coming Up Short Kentucky Laws Restrict Deployment of Physician Assistants, and Access to High-Quality Health Care for Kentuckians

    In conjunction with National PA Week (October 6-12, 2014), The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants (KAPA) released an issue brief, “Coming Up Short:

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  • Tue 18   Feb 2014
    Can PAs call Kentucky home?

    Can PAs call Kentucky home?

    By Virginia Valentin, KAPA President

    I am proud to say that America’s physician assistants (PAs) are on the front lines of medicine, especially here in Kentucky. PAs practice medicine and are educated in a very similar way to physicians, via an intense graduate–level medical

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  • Mon 04   Nov 2013
    KY. Physician Assistants name Sen. Tom Buford Legislator of the Year

    KY. Physician Assistants name Sen. Tom Buford Legislator of the Year

    Jessamine Journal, 10/30/2013

    The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants named Senator Tom Buford as Legislator of the Year for 2013.

    Buford sponsored legislation in the 2013 General Assembly that eliminated the 18-month

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  • Fri 11   Oct 2013
    Thanks for Making This a Great PA Week!

    Thanks for Making This a Great PA Week!

    As we close out PA Week I wanted to take a moment to tell you what KAPA plans to do in the upcoming year. Our focus continues to be serving our members. We know this starts with legislation. As Government Affairs Committee Chair Isaac Caton laid out for you

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  • Thu 10   Oct 2013
    America Needs PAs

    America Needs PAs

    This year, AAPA declared the theme for PA Week as "America Needs PAs." This is a perfect theme as Kentucky is one of the first states to roll out the Affordable Care Act. America and Kentucky will need PAs more than ever.

    This is being recognized more and more. See below:

    • DeShana
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  • Tue 08   Oct 2013
    In Celebration of PA Week, Please Take Action for the Future TODAY

    In Celebration of PA Week, Please Take Action for the Future TODAY

    In just three months, the 2014 legislative session will be upon us. One thing is certain, it feels much better going into this session with a win under our belt. While we are thankful for the much-needed change in legislation,

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  • Mon 07   Oct 2013
    Happy PA Week!

    Happy PA Week!

    • PA week is officially Oct. 6-12 and we hope you will join us this week in celebrating.
    • PA week is a great time to promote our profession and educate others about Physician Assistants.
    • This year KAPA has posted large and small posters all around Kentucky in hospitals and clinics in
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  • Mon 16   Sep 2013
    KAPA Pre-PA Student Membership

    KAPA Pre-PA Student Membership

    KAPA now offers a Pre-PA Student Membership! A Pre-PA Student Member is a student or military individual who is either in a Pre-PA curriculum in college, high school or a medical specialist in the armed services. Pre-PA Student Members shall have the privilege of the

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  • Wed 17   Jul 2013
    Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) Seeking Nominations for Kentucky’s “Citizen Doctor of the Year” Award

    Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) Seeking Nominations for Kentucky’s “Citizen Doctor of the Year” Award

    The Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) is seeking nominations for Kentucky’s “Citizen Doctor of the Year” Award, and has asked KAPA to send this notice out to all members.

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  • Tue 25   Jun 2013
    KAPA 2012-13 President Response to May 28 Editorial "Get the Facts on Health Reform"

    KAPA 2012-13 President Response to May 28 Editorial "Get the Facts on Health Reform"

    The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants (KAPA) would like to comment on the editorial: “Get the Facts on Health Reform” published May 28. We would like to point out that physician assistants are also highly

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  • Tue 25   Jun 2013
    AAPA's wrap-up from the AMA HOD

    AAPA's wrap-up from the AMA HOD

    from AAPA

    AAPA was present for the entirety of the 2013 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting undefined advocating for the PA profession and reporting the latest news to our members. After weeks of collaborative advocacy, the hard work of AAPA volunteers,

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  • Tue 18   Jun 2013
    Breaking News: AMA Reference Committee releases amended resolution

    Breaking News: AMA Reference Committee releases amended resolution

    from AAPA

    American Medical Association House of Delegates Reference Committee B just released its recommendations on Report 16, and what was a resolution with a very expansive definition of surgery and invasive procedure has now

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  • Thu 13   Jun 2013
    Valentin Elected President of Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants

    Valentin Elected President of Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants

    Virginia Valentin, assistant professor of physician assistant studies at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, has been elected president of the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants (KAPA). Her term will

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  • Wed 29   May 2013
    Donate to the American Red Cross

    Donate to the American Red Cross

    Please consider donating to the Red Cross to help the Oklahoma tornado disaster relief efforts. Visit https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod10002 or Text REDCROSS to 90999 to Give $10.
  • Mon 20   May 2013
    University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Class of 2015 Donates to KAPA

    University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Class of 2015 Donates to KAPA

    The University of Kentucky Physician Assistant class of 2015 recently collected $5 from each class member ($270 total) and made various donations in honor of their first semester instructors and faculty

    Click here to read the letter

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  • Thu 02   May 2013
    Medical Supplies Needed for Mission Trip

    Medical Supplies Needed for Mission Trip

    Stefanie Brock, PA-C is doing a medical mission to Haiti and needs medical supplies. She will take anything you have. Mission trip is in July so items need to not expire before July. She needs supplies before June 15. Please contact Stefanie at

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  • Mon 29   Apr 2013
    UK PA Student Fundraiser

    UK PA Student Fundraiser

    UK PA students are selling UK PA Tervis Tumblers for $20 each. Funds will go to helping fund student travel to the AAPA conference and other activities. If you are interested in purchasing a tumbler, please contact Brittany Muench PA-S at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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