Dear PA Colleague:
The Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants is the only organization representing all physician assistants in Missouri. One of MOAPA’s top priorities is to advocate for improvements in state laws and regulations so that PAs can maximally provide, quality, accessible patient care in physician-directed teams.
Being heard above the noise in Jeff City isn’t easy, and MOAPA needs your help. As President of MOAPA I’d like to invite you to raise your voice and join MOAPA. If you are already a member, we’d like to thank you for your membership, and ask for your help in recruiting your PA colleagues who aren’t members to join MOAPA.
If you aren’t yet a member, please join us. Becoming an MOAPA member is easy. Click here to join online, or call MOAPA at 800-863-1207 for more information.
MOAPA members already know that MOAPA is constantly at work, vigorously advocating on behalf of the PA profession. In the last six years, MOAPA’s leaders and lobbying team worked with state lawmakers to:
· Pass legislation to decrease onsight supervision from 100% to 66%, as well as put in place a waiver system to apply for supervision less than 66% in select practice settings
· Clarified the supervision requirement to assure that the on-site supervision requirement was measured quarterly and not weekly
· Pass legislation to allow PAs to order physical therapy
· Pass legislation to allow Pas to order handicapped license placards
· Pass legislation eliminating the need for physician-PA teams practicing in federally qualified health clinics to renew a waiver from on-site requirements, and amended the law to prohibit the Board of Healing Arts from imposing an on-site requirement for FQHCs that is higher than the federal supervision requirements.
· Pass legislation to allow physicians to delegate to PAs the prescribing of Schedule III-V controlled substances.
During the same timeframe, MOAPA and its lobbying team worked with state regulators to make the following positive changes to regulations affecting PA practice. These include:
· Changing Missouri Medicaid Policy to allow reimbursement for inpatient services PAs provide
· Amending Missouri Board of Healing Arts regulations to allow PAs to obtain a state license prior to securing a supervising physician.
· Working with the Board of Healing Arts and the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs to implement the law to allow PAs to prescribe controlled medications.
MOAPA is also hard at work to be more responsive to its members. Over time, it has changed membership procedures to allow “rolling membership”, which gives members a full year of membership regardless of what month they join/renew. MOAPA has also changed its management organization, choosing an organization experienced in managing PA chapters, with a focus on excellent customer service. Our new and improved and improved website is more user friendly, allowing frequent updates. Plans also include adding a “members only” section. If there is something you think MOAPA should be doing and we are not, please send me a message and let me know.
But we’re not done yet, and that’s where we need your help. There are still barriers in state laws that prevent physician-PA teams from providing a full range of patient care. MOAPA’s long-term advocacy goals include:
· Modernizing the PA practice laws, with an emphasis on removing on-site and distance requirements
· Removing regulations which require physicians to sign off on a percentage of PA charts
· Allowing PAs to enroll as Medicaid providers
· Educating physician organizations and other key groups on how modern physician-PA teams practice.
We cannot get this done without your help. If you are already a member, please be prepared to respond to requests for assistance in the coming year. If you are not yet a member, don’t forget to join today. Remember, if we are not at the table, we are on the menu!
Join me in being an advocate for your patients and for your profession. Get involved today!
Paul Winter, PA-C
This alert is being sent to you via the AAPA Legislative Action Center at the request of your state chapter.
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