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  • December 07, 2021 1:28 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

    CMS intends to propose a national “Birthing-Friendly” hospital designation on the Hospital Compare section of the CMS Care Compare website, and also encourages states to provide 12 months postpartum coverage to people with Medicaid and CHIP

    As part of Vice President Kamala Harris’s Call to Action to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is taking steps to improve maternal health and support the delivery of equitable, high-quality care for pregnancy and postpartum care. CMS intends to propose a “Birthing-Friendly” designation to drive improvements in perinatal health outcomes and maternal health equity. The designation would initially identify hospitals that provide perinatal care, are participating in a maternity care quality improvement collaborative, and have implemented recommended patient safety practices.

    In addition, CMS is encouraging states to take advantage of the American Rescue Plan’s (ARP’s) option to provide 12 months postpartum coverage to pregnant individuals who are enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This follows the release of a report by HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) showing the dramatic impact if states extended Medicaid postpartum coverage to 12 months. If every state adopted an extension — as proposed in the Build Back Better Act — then the number of Americans getting coverage for a full year postpartum would roughly double, extending coverage for an estimated 720,000 in a given year.

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  • December 07, 2021 10:44 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    Johns Hopkins researchers would like to invite your organization to participate in a survey study which is trying to determine people’s thoughts and opinions towards virginity testingalso known as hymen testing. This study is polling both the general population and healthcare providers.    

    Please click the link below to find the survey, which will take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

    Click here to complete!

    Although you may not directly benefit from completing this survey, you may experience satisfaction from helping doctors and researchers gain knowledge about virginity testing. Your answers will help researchers learn more about people’s beliefs and feelings towards virginity testing, determine its prevalence in the United States, and study its effects on mental and physical health. Lastly, this will help doctors discuss virginity testing with patients in the future. Risks include psychological distress from answering questions related to your personal or medical history.         

    Participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all questions in the survey are optionalAll data will be anonymous and will be de-identified for analysis purposes. This survey has been approved by the Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board (IRB: 00281681). Your choice to participate in this survey or the answers you provide will not affect the care you receive at Johns Hopkins Hospital or at any other institution. Please answer each question to your best ability. 

    PLEASE NOTE: Your completion of the survey or questionnaire will serve as your consent to participate in this research study, and certification that you are 18 years old or older.    

    Sincerely,    

    Dr. James Segars
    Study Principal Investigator    
    Professor and Director,    
    Division of Reproductive Sciences & Women’s Health Research    
    Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics    
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine    
    720 Rutland Avenue, Ross 624    
    Baltimore, MD 21205    
    Email: jsegars2@jhmi.edu    
    Phone: 410-614-2000, Fax: 410-614-7060    
    IRB Application Number: IRB00281681    

  • December 06, 2021 2:24 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    AAPA News Central

    A Day in the Life of a PA in Outpatient Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Melissa Rodriguez, DMSc, PA-C

    PA Melissa Rodriguez is Passionate About OBGYN and All Aspects of Women’s Health

    December 6, 2021

    By Melissa Rodriguez, DMSc, PA-C

    President of the Association of Physician Assistants in OB-GYNAPAOG, Melissa Rodriguez, DMSc, PA-C, encourages PAs to consider specializing in obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN). Here she describes her passion for obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s health, and what a day in her practice looks like.

    Obstetrics has been my passion since I can remember. Caring for women during their pregnancies and bringing life to this world was the only career I ever considered seriously. My initial goal was to go to medical school and become an obstetrician and so my college track was pre-medicine. Then, while working as a medical assistant in urology, I met PA Elizabeth Rothstein. She was smart, well-rounded, practiced in different medical specialties, and had a breadth of knowledge. It was refreshing to see a competent and humble provider who connected so easily with patients of all backgrounds. It was a different breed of medical provider with pure compassion and versatility.

    I immediately researched all things PA related, joined the AAPA, and began my transition. I remember being asked about my career goals before graduation from Hunter College (CUNY) and I was excited to share that I was going to be a PA and, one day, be president of the AAPA. My faculty advisor had no idea what a PA was, and I could feel the condescension. I vowed then to advocate for this profession full force so that everyone can see how fantastic these PA providers can be.

    The day I received my acceptance letter to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University), I was ecstatic and called my mother first. I remember her voicing her congratulations and then sharing the news that my aunt had brain cancer. In that moment of shock, I was devastated but had a newfound resolution to become a PA and be trained as a generalist that allows me to be knowledgeable and transition into any specialty. Within three grueling and amazing years, I earned my master’s in science degree and began my first job as an OBGYN PA.

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  • November 03, 2021 11:17 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) has opened the public comment period for the following draft recommendations: Contraception and Screening for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection. Public comment is an opportunity for broad public input that increases the transparency and quality of our program. The comment period for draft recommendations is October 27 – November 24, 2021. For timeliness, all comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT on the final day of the comment period.

    Comment Today

    After this public comment opportunity, the Multidisciplinary Steering Committee will review the public comments submitted. The final draft recommendations will be submitted to the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for review and inclusion under the Health Resources and Services Administration-supported Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines.

  • October 25, 2021 11:05 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    Registration for AAPA 2022 opens on October 27, 2021 with "Super Early Bird" pricing being available from Oct 27 - Nov 30. This is the cheapest you will pay! 

    Click here for more information.

  • October 12, 2021 2:42 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    JAAPA | Salzer, Elizabeth A.J. DMSc, PA-C, NYSAFE, C-EFM

    Abstract

    Premenopausal transgender men who retain internal female reproductive organs, who use exogenous testosterone, and who are sexually active with cisgender men are often capable of conception. This article discusses the potential for fecundity in transgender men, as well as appropriate reproductive care depending on whether the patient prefers to avoid conception or to become pregnant.

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  • October 12, 2021 2:39 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    JAAPA | Conlon, J. Leocadia PhD, MPH, PA-C; Malcolm, Sharyn MD, MPH, FAAP; Monaghan, Maureen PhD

    Abstract

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), characterized by ovulatory dysfunction and hyperandrogenism, is one of the most common endocrine disorders in women of reproductive age. Early diagnosis can help clinicians address associated long-term metabolic and reproductive health complications and mitigate the negative effects of PCOS on a patient's mental health and quality of life. Clinicians often are challenged by the diagnosis and management of PCOS because of controversies around diagnostic criteria, especially for adolescents. The International Consortium of Paediatric Endocrinology 2017 Consensus Statement provides practical guidance for clinicians to implement best practices for the identification, diagnosis, and management of PCOS in adolescents.

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  • October 12, 2021 10:26 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    Orlando Sentinel | Melissa Rodriguez

    We all know that receiving medical care can be stressful. Whether you’re nervous about a procedure, frustrated at the wait time for an appointment, or visiting a new medical practice for the first time, navigating the health-care world can be understandably unnerving.

    But PAs, or physician assistants, are here to help.

    When you need health care, our goal is to be there for you. PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and can serve as your obstetrics and gynecology healthcare provider. PAs improve health-care access and quality, making it easier for you to get the care you need.

    October 6-12 is PA Week, which recognizes our profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. During PA Week, we hope you’ll have the chance to talk to a PA about what it is we do, and why we’re proud to do it.

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  • October 12, 2021 8:59 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    HHS | Final Rule

    HHS has issued this final rule to revise the regulations that govern the Title X family planning program (authorized by Title X of the Public Health Service Act) by readopting the 2000 regulations, with several revisions to ensure access to equitable, affordable, client-centered, quality family planning services for clients, especially low-income clients.  This final rule also adds a definition of “clinical services provider”, which includes physician assistants.

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  • October 08, 2021 10:25 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    CT POST | Nora Frempong

    We all know that receiving medical care can be stressful. Whether you’re nervous about a procedure, frustrated at the wait time for an appointment, or visiting a new medical practice for the first time, navigating the health care world can be understandably unnerving.

    But PAs, or physician assistants, are here to help.

    When you need health care, our goal is to be there for you. PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and can serve as your obstetrics and gynecology health care provider. PAs improve health care access and quality, making it easier for you to get the care you need.

    Read more.
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