On May 25, Walgreens changed their electronic voice service to include “physician assistant” as an example of a provider. It seems like a small change but it is a great victory for PAs who can prescribe and treat along with NPs and physicians. There are more than 115,500 certified PAs nationwide who interact with patients 350 million times annually.
"When we all work together we can make our profession stronger… Thank you to everyone that took the time to call Walgreens headquarters to make our voice heard," says one PA. PAs for Tomorrow (PAFT) is a group that had been working with Walgreens to have their electronic voice service changed to include PAs. Other PAFT initiatives include advocating for the modernization of Physician Assistant Practice Act in West Virginia as well as correspondence with politicians and agencies in other states on behalf of the PA profession. A recent Harris Poll found high satisfaction rates among Americans who interact with PAs, and 93% regard PAs as trusted healthcare providers.
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