Oklahoma Legislation Allows PAs to Receive Direct Pay

OK PAs Celebrate Major Victory in Getting OTP Element

May 27, 2020

On May 21, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed S.B. 1915. The legislation provides Oklahoma with an element of Optimal Team Practice (OTP) as it specifically allows for PAs to receive direct pay. The legislation also modernizes PA practice in Oklahoma by:

  • Allowing PAs to be designated as Primary Care Providers
  • Enabling PAs to volunteer in the case of a disaster or emergency
  • Changing references of “supervising” to “delegating”
  • Removing unnecessary administrative burdens by allowing the scope of practice to be filed with the medical board within 10 days of employment and to be determined at the practice level.

The Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants (OAPA) worked tirelessly on the passage of this legislation, which was its 2020 legislative priority.

“The OAPA leadership and I are excited about the passage of S.B. 1915. With the enactment of this legislation PAs will practice under a model that more accurately describes the PA-physician team.  We will continue to work hard to further improve PA practice in Oklahoma,” said OAPA Leadership & Advocacy Liaison Allison Garrison, PA-C.

AAPA worked with OAPA on this effort by drafting the legislation, providing research, and awarding OAPA with grant funds to support passage of the legislation. S.B 1915 goes into effect 90 days from the governor’s signature.

For more information contact Shannon Morey, JD, AAPA director of State Advocacy and Outreach, at [email protected].

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