Sarcasm may be fitting on the late night talk shows, but it is far from appropriate when referring to patient care. Physician assistants (PAs) do not seek the "fun of restraining and secluding patients" (see July, page 32).
The American Academy of Physician Assistants is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare in this country by enhancing the ability of physicians and PAs to work together as teams. For this reason, AAPA successfully petitioned HCFA in order to obtain a clarification of which professions are qualified to order restraints and seclusion.
AAPA was not alone in this cause. Physicians and hospitals--in particular those that serve low-income and rural communities--joined in this effort because PAs are valued members of the medical team.
The Academy and the PA profession believe HCFA's ruling will benefit patients in need of serious care.
Glen Combs President American Academy of Physician Assistants Alexandria, Va.