It is with great pleasure that I write to all of you today as I have wonderful news to report.
I was notified late Tuesday, April 30 that HB315 passed the Missouri Legislature and will be forwarded to Governor Nixon for his signature. Included in this bill are the supervisory language changes that we introduced this session. Our onsite supervision requirements will change from the current 66% onsite supervision to 4 hours for every 14 days a PA works! In addition, the distance requirement has changed from 30 miles to 50 miles at all locations.
This is a huge change for our profession and will open our job market and help us better serve the healthcare needs in Missouri. Thanks so much to Jorgen Schlemeier, our lobbyist, for his tireless efforts at the capitol; Liz Roe, from AAPA, for her guidance; and Terry Carlise, on whom I rely frequently for his vast legislative experience as well as his ability to keep me calm and grounded in my desires for our profession. Also, thanks to the entire MOAPA Board of Directors for their work at board meetings, setting the association’s goals and agenda as well as getting the word out to the people in their districts, which is of vital importance. And last but certainly not least, thanks to all of you for the calls, emails and letters to your legislators. We had so little if any real opposition with this and that comes through getting our message out to the lawmakers. All of your efforts are now showing the results of your labor!
We are still waiting to receive final word on our other legislation which will identify PAs as Missouri Medicaid providers. I am hoping to have an update for you on that next week. The bill is in the final stages and we are anticipating positive news.
Information on when these bills will take place will be forthcoming in the next few months. We will also let everyone know as soon as Governor Nixon signs these into law, but for now please take some time to celebrate this great victory and feel good that we are continuing to move our profession in the right direction!