Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants

at , Honolulu, 96822 United States

HAPA is the Hawaii state chapter of The American Academy of Physician Assistants. We support the PA practice and are building a community of PAs.

Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants

Honolulu , HI 96822
United States
Contact Phone
P: 888-PAS-HI40 / 888-727-4440 / 808-523-7776


Despite our 25-plus year presence in Hawaii--and the very real contribution PAs have made to health service delivery here--we are still untapped in many quarters. In some areas, the medical community has had little or no experience with PAs. Some parts of the health care system, however, appreciate our presence and contribution of many years. HAPA is working to educate the community about the role and positive contributions that physician assistants add to the health care delivery system in Hawaii. There is a strong need for PAs to monitor state and federal laws in this rapidly changing environment of medical delivery and sweeping health care reform. If we don't, we may find ourselves left out of important legislation. HAPA has been very active in recent years in hiring a lobbyist to help us educate the legislature. HAPA was successful in passing a 28 page bill in 2009 which modernized definitions, rules and statutes to actively reflect current PA practice. Provider shortages in the islands are bringing increasing opportunities for non physician providers but PAs must remain competitive. APRNs were successful in obtaining primary care status in the 2009 session including full prescriptive authority. This means that they no longer require physician oversight which lessens the burden on a physician considering hiring a non-physician provider. This may give APRNs a competitive edge in the health care workforce. The PA model as originally conceived is in transition and in need of change in light of health care reform and current community practice. Legislative awareness and involvement is of key importance. Support of HAPA through membership will help in this goal. Many of us are busy with family and work and simply cannot volunteer time to the organization. HAPA understands this. Support through membership allows us to pursue our legislative and lobbying efforts for the benefit of all Hawaii PAs. There is strength in numbers and the more PAs that support HAPA, our AAPA approved and state chartered organization, the stronger we will be.

General Info

- In the past there have been as many as 70 members of the Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants (HAPA), who were also members of the American Academy of Physician Assistants AAPA. Membership is not automatic or synonymous with settling in the Islands: there are several PAs who live and work in Hawaii who do not belong to HAPA, and there are other PAs who are attached to the military. HAPA welcomes new members and has reduced rates for students and military members which is only $10 annually. - Most PAs in Hawaii have been here for some time, but a handful of new PAs arrive every year. Since there are no PA schools in the Islands, all of us have been trained on the Mainland. And although Hawaii is spread out among several islands it’s still a small place, so most PAs get to meet one another sooner or later. - Support through membership allows us to pursue our legislative and lobbying efforts for the benefit of all Hawaii PAs. There is strength in numbers and the more PAs that support HAPA, our AAPA approved and state chartered organization, the stronger we will be.

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Hey Hawaii PAs! Don't forget to join us of for our first HAPA Membership meeting of 2015!!! Come hear what's going on!! When: January 14, 2015 6:00PM Where: Seven Palms Bar and Grille - 943 Valkenburgh Street, Honolulu, HI 96818 Non-member PAs also welcome!

Published on 2015-01-12 16:46:04 GMT

Wonderful start to the 26th Annual Aloha Conference! We learned about Intimate Partner Violence, Wound Management (including use of maggots for limb salvage), Meds for Pregnant and Lactating Women, Sports Injuries, HIV Updates, and the relationship between Health and Spirit. What a great range of topics!

Published on 2014-10-28 19:08:09 GMT

Submit your interesting case histories to share with Hawaii PAs

Published on 2014-10-10 08:47:11 GMT

Become a FRIEND of the Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants!

Published on 2014-10-10 08:23:20 GMT

Fielding and Collette attended Josh Green's fundraiser last night and had a great opportunity to meet with Senator Green, Scott McCaffrey, President elect of HMA, members of the Work Injury Medical Association of Hawaii and others to discuss Hawaii's Health Care landscape and HAPA's goals for the next legislative session.

Published on 2014-10-10 08:08:14 GMT

Annual HAPA meeting will take place at 6:30 PM, October 29th, tonight at the Sheraton Waikiki for those that can make it!

Published on 2015-10-30 02:45:07 GMT

HAPA representative, Fielding Mercer talked with Keith Kamita, Administrator, Narcotics Enforcement Division, today, 10/09/2014. We discussed the upcoming implementation of the Hawaii Administrative Rules change which will allow physicians to authorize PAs to prescribe Schedule II drugs. Keith said that he would work with Public Safety administration personnel to try to assure Fast Tracking of the anticipated large number of applications that will be receive shortly after the Rules Change is implemented. HAPA extended their appreciation to Keith and the Narcotics Enforcement Division for their willingness to work with HAPA, the Hawaii Medical Board and the DCCA to make this a rapid and seamless transition.