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Arizona State Loan Repayment Program

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dear All,

Many of you may have already heard about this exciting news!  Please feel free to forward to anyone who might be interested. 

Governor Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1194 on February 24, 2015 which enhances the Arizona State Loan Repayment Program by expanding the types of providers who can receive loan repayment assistance, increasing the award amounts for the initial and succeeding commitment years, and removing the 4-year service cap. This bill will become effective on July 3, 2015.

The Arizona State Loan Repayment Program qualifies primary care providers working in underserved areas of the State.  Through this new legislation, mental health providers, pharmacists and geriatrics will be added to the list of eligible providers joining the currently eligible primary care physicians, dentists, and advanced practice providers like nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse midwives. The new law provides up to $65,000 of loan repayment assistance to physicians and dentists for a 2-year service commitment (a $25,000 increase from $40,000 previously). Advanced practice providers can qualify for up to $50,000 for a 2-year service commitment (up from $15,000). The incentives even get better as providers stay longer in the program. For each year of continued service in the underserved area after the first two years, physicians and dentists can receive up to $35,000 from $25,000 and for advanced practice providers, up to $25,000 from $10,500. Please check our website for any future announcements about the implementation of the new legislation that includes the application cycle opening for the added disciplines. Any questions or comments, please email Ana Roscetti.



Ana Roscetti, MPH
Workforce Section Manager
Bureau of Health Systems Development
Arizona Department of Health Services
150 N 18th Ave Suite 300
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: (602) 542-1066
Fax: (602) 542-2011

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ASAPA April Newsletter

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Members may access the Current Newsletter under the Members Only tab.

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CHW Impact in Primary Care

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 9, 2015

Calling all Arizona Health Providers


The University of Arizona, Arizona Prevention Research Center is conducting a 2-minute, anonymous on-line survey to assess licensed health provider’s perspectives on current and projected utilization and impact of Community Health Workers (CHWs), in the primary care setting.

A CHW is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. CHWs serve under a variety of titles including Community Health Advocate (CHA), Patient Navigator, Community Health Representatives (CHR) and Promotor/a.

You are invited to participate because you are a licensed health professional, inclusive of physician, physician assistant, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, or psychologist or behavioral health specialist involved in direct patient care.

You do not need to work directly with CHWs to complete this survey.

In 2013, CHWs were included in the Affordable Care Act  (ACA) as distinct members of the health care team and in 2014 the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) issued new guidance for reimbursement of preventive services offered by unlicensed professionals such as CHWs. These developments have tremendous implications for the integration and reimbursement of CHWs in the primary care setting in Arizona and throughout the US.


Please follow the link below to participate and forward this email to other licensed health providers.


Link to Survey:


Contact us with any questions and thank you for your participation! 


Samantha Sabo, DrPH, MPH

Arizona Prevention Center

Zuckerman College of Public Health

University of Arizona

520 626 5204

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Call for Nominations

Posted By Shelley Lloyd, Thursday, March 19, 2015

Now is your chance to become more involved with your local PA advocacy organization. We encourage you to share your talents and skills with the Arizona PA community by running for current ASAPA positions. We are now accepting applications for:

  • President Elect
  • Treasurer
  • 2 Directors at Large
  • 2 AAPA House Of Delegates

If interested, please visit to complete an official nomination form found under the Members Only tab.  You will need to be logged in to access the form.

For details regarding eligibility or specific responsibilities for each position, consult the ASAPA bylaws on under the About Us tab or feel free to contact me, Shilo Gifford, your ASAPA nominations chair at for more information.

We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to serve. Deadline for applications is April 2nd.

Thank you,
Shilo Gifford, PA-C
Nominations/Membership Committee Chair

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ASAPA Newsletter

Posted By Shelley Lloyd, Friday, December 19, 2014

ASAPA Members may access the December 2015 Newsletter by logging in and then navigating to the Members Only tab and clicking on the Newsletter - Current link.

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PAs on NBC Morning Show October 6th

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 3, 2014

PAs on NBC Morning News Show October 6th

On October 6th the NBC morning news will be doing a segment on PAs.  We welcome as many PAs as possible to bring signs and be on the plaza in front of the NBC studios supporting PA Week.  Meet on 2nd Street and Van Buren by 6:30am on Monday October 6th.  Live time is 6:50am.

Things to bring?

  • White coats
  • Stethoscopes
  • Scrubs are OK
  • Nametags
  • Bring your own poster if you want to hold it for the broadcast

Make sure to have someone record it!  It's not guaranteed to be on their online segment.

Remember the more bodies the better - so come!!

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Ebola Update

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ASAPA has been contacted by the Arizona Health Alert Network to disseminate this information to all of our constituents. Please read and let us know if you have any concerns. 


CDC has reported the first confirmed case( of Ebola diagnosed in the United States. The individual had previously traveled to Liberia, and had onset of symptoms several days after arrival in Texas.

Current actions by CDC include contact tracing to identify any exposed persons, and appropriate care and isolation measures for the infected individual. As transmission only occurs through direct contact with blood or body fluids of ill or deceased individuals, the risk of ongoing transmission is very low with appropriate control measures. Contact and droplet precautions( can prevent spread of disease.

Although risk in the United States is low, the Ebola outbreak in Africa( is ongoing and has affected over 6,574 individuals ( in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Healthcare workers should remain alert for the potential for other imported cases into the United States.

More information about Ebola for healthcare workers ( can be found on CDC ( and the World Health Organization ( websites.

Please contact your local health department with any questions about potential suspect cases, diagnostic testing, and infection control.

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Reclassification of Hydrocodone

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 25, 2014

Reclassification of Hydrocodone

As you may be aware, a regulatory decision has been made by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reclassify hydrocodone and all hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from schedule III to schedule II. This will be effective October 6, 2014. 

This change was made for several reasons, including but not limited to the findings and data that HCPs have high potential for abuse similar to that of schedule II drugs, resulting in severe psychological and/or physical dependence.

This may affect your practice in the following ways:

  • Refills will no longer be allowed through most pharmacies as of 10/06/2014, and a new prescription will be required for any existing prescriptions with refills
  • Except in certain emergent situations, pharmacies can no longer contact prescribers for refills or accept new prescriptions for hydrocodone-combination products over the phone or by fax
  • Ensure your current federal DEA registration includes CII authority to ensure compliance with this DEA schedule change
  • Ensure you are following the Arizona State Legislature regarding Control II or III prescribing: 72 hours rule, 32-2532, and the thirty day rule, 32-2504.

To ensure continuity of care for your patients, further information is available at

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Student Scholarship Applications Available

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 19, 2014

Please visit the ASAPA Student Scholarship page found under the PA Students tab.

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Adolescent Health Survey

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dear Arizona Medical Professionals/AzCAH Participants/Professionals who deal with the adolescent population,  

The Arizona Collaborative for Adolescent Health (AzCAH), a statewide collaborative that is dedicated to improving adolescent health is interested in your opinion about resources and information AzCAH has developed for your use with Arizona adolescents. 

Several years ago, you may have participated in our survey asking about what you needed to provide quality health care for adolescents. For those of you that did not participate then, we are asking you to do so now.  It is time to evaluate the resources that have been put in place and determine next steps.  Your help with this will be much appreciated. The survey is completely anonymous and asks a few demographic questions followed by your opinion on the current AzCAH resources.  

We are also seeking information that will provide us with your current needs with your adolescent patients/clients/students. 

The survey will be accessible on Survey Monkey through September 13, 2014 and is expected to take no more than 10 minutes to complete.  Please click on the following link for the survey:    


Thank you, 


Barbara Olson, BSN
Chair, Arizona Collaborative for Adolescent Health

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