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Annals of Health Law Publishes Perspective on Promising Future of PAs.....

The Physician Assistant (PA) profession is a true healthcare innovation, according to an article published in the most recent edition (volume 24, issue 1) of the Annals of Health Law, The Health Policy and Law Review of Loyola University Chicago. "Access and Innovation in a Time of Rapid Change: Physician Assistant Scope of Practice," by lead author Ann Davis, MS, PA-C, vice president of constituent organization outreach and advocacy for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), 



New Regulation for PAs Prescribing Pain Medications in RI...READ MORE

Mass Pharmacies No Longer Accepting Scripts From RI PAs.....READ MORE

New AAPA Survey Conducted by Harris Poll Shows PAs Are Trusted Healthcare Providers s.....READ MORE

Bryant University Physician Assistant Program

More exciting times for the Bryant University PA Program!


From AAPA Medical Watch:

National Governors Association report explores PA role in healthcare delivery..


10 States With Highest Paid PAs....

It's great to be a PA in RI! .......Read More

Society of Dermatology PAs Rebuts JAMA Article About PA Billing Practices.....

The SDPA writes a strong rebuttal to an inaccurate JAMA article about PA and NP education and billing-to practices..... 

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PA Policy Makers in 44 States and DC Continue to Improve PA Scope of Practice -Read More

New York Times and US News and World Reports Highlights PAs - Read More

New York Times publishes AAPA President John McGinnty’s comments - Read More

Physician Assistants More Than Double in a Decade
August 12, 2014......

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DEA Publishes Final Rule to Reclassify Hydrocodone Combination Products
August 22, 2014.....
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced its decision today to reclassify hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II. The rule will go into effect Oct. 6, 2014.......

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PAs are health care professionals who are licensed to practice medicine in collaboration with physicians. PAs have become an integral part of the medical team over the years, offering increased access to high quality health care for the patient.

We are a professional organization that serves the PA community in Rhode Island. We provide resources for professional development and advocate for public policy issues affecting both the PA profession and the patients we serve.

Please use our website as an informational tool for updates on legislation, membership, and upcoming events.



Jocelyn Costa, PA-C


Help Prevent Overdose Deaths
Rhode Island is in the midst of an epidemic of overdose deaths from prescription and illicit opioid drugs. So far this year there have been 127 deaths reported from overdoses of either prescribed or street drugs.

Please take a few minute to visit:
Search and Rescue Rhode Island: Addressing the Misuse of and Addiction to Prescription Drugs in Our Practices  - where you will find resources available to help stem the the epidemic of overdose deaths.

What is a Physician Assistant (PA)?

PAs are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine in collaboration with physicians. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and in most states can write prescriptions. PAs are trained in intensive education programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Because of the close working relationship the PAs
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