I just received word that Governor Nixon signed HB315 into law! This will change the amount of on-site supervision for PAs from 66% to 4 hours for every 14 days a PA provides clinical services. This is a monumental achievement for the physician assistant profession in Missouri. It has been a long time coming and has a lot of people's blood sweat and tears on it. This will be effective as of Aug. 28, 2013.
In addition to this news, the bill that identifies PAs as Missouri Medicaid providers will become law on July 1, 2013 since this was part of an appropriations bill. Obviously more information will be forth coming about what the process will be to enroll PAs into the Missouri Medicaid network. We will continue to work with the Department of Social Services during this process and will pass along any information to help with this exciting transition.
Lastly, work is still being done to address the recent concern regarding prescriptions being written by PA on Missouri Medicaid patients. We are still sorting out the origin of this as well as what can be done to address this to minimize the effect on your practices and the patients you serve. We thank you for your patience and understanding during these recent events.
As always, any questions, never hesitate to reach out.