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Physician Assistants Call on Congress for Policies That Promote High-Quality Patient Care
Date:2/22/2010

AAPA honors U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin for commitment to patient care

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hundreds of physician assistants (PAs) will converge in Washington, D.C. on February 23 during the American Academy of Physician Assistants' (AAPA) Capitol Connection summit to deliver the message to Capitol Hill that PAs are integral to a strong health care system that delivers the highest possible care to patients.

"Research suggests that the U.S. will face a shortage of 40,000 family physicians by the year 2020 and that's before we add any new patients from the ranks of the under or uninsured," said Steve Hanson, president of AAPA. "Physician assistants from around the country have come to D.C. to tell Congress that we can help fill this gap. We execute more than 80 percent of the responsibilities of a physician with no compromise in quality or patient care satisfaction — but we need legislative action in order to deliver care to more people."'/>"/>

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