House Passes Bill to Expand Ways PAs Treat Federal Employees

2011-11-29

Legislation would allow physician assistants to treat federal workers for traumatic injuries 

Alexandria, VA – The American Academy of Physician Assistants today welcomed the U.S. House of Representatives’ approval of legislation that would allow PAs to diagnose and treat federal employees with job-related traumatic injuries.

The bill amends the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) to allow PAs to diagnose and treat federal employees with job-related traumatic injuries, an estimated 85 percent of all federal workers’ compensation cases. The bill was approved by the House Education and Workforce Committee in July and passed without objection by the House, and must now pass the Senate to become law.

“We are encouraged that our representatives recognize the value that PAs have to improving access to healthcare for Americans,” said AAPA President Robert Wooten, PA-C. “As our country faces a shortage of physicians, expanding the ways PAs can treat Americans will ensure that Americans have access to quality healthcare. We thank the members of the House of Representatives for their action, and encourage the Senate to do the same.”

The PA profession is one of America’s fastest-growing segments of the healthcare workforce, with more than 84,250 certified PAs practicing in primary care and almost all medical specialties.

Contact: Brooke Braun, bbraun@aapa.org, 571-319-4378

 

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About the American Academy of Physician Assistants 
Founded in 1968, the American Academy of Physician Assistants is the national professional society for physician assistants. It represents a profession of 84,250 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories, and within the uniformed services. AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. It works to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of physician assistants and to enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered health care. Visit www.aapa.org to learn more.

 

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