Physician Assistant Academy of Vermont (PAAV)
The PAAV has been around since the mid-seventies, at a time when they shared the Board of Medicine chair with informally trained PAs. That tract to practice is now gone. They were also there when BCBS wanted to alter their reimbursement. When the phrase describing PAs as the “agents of the physician” was added, it cleared up many concerns and allowed us to maintain their current favorable reimbursement schedule. It also confirmed that nurses would take their orders, something they were uncomfortable with at first.
Professional practice mission:
To provide all Vermont PAs with representation on issues of legislative, regulatory and professional support around the state of Vermont. To forge and maintain partnerships/working relationships with other health professional organizations on a national, regional and statewide level. To work toward improving the professional and regulatory environment for PA practice in Vermont and nationwide. To monitor and improve the reimbursement environment in the state and nationally. The PAAV will provide the membership with regular opportunities for CME that are pertinent to the clinical practice of Vermont PAs.
PAAV will provide regular opportunities for CME that is pertinent to the clinical practice of Vermont PAs.