Illinois Senate approves 10-year extension of Illinois PA Practice Act

Despite significant interference by the National Commission on Certification of PAs (NCCPA) that put PA practice at risk in the state, the Illinois State Senate unanimously approved a 10-year extension of the Illinois PA Practice Act, which reflects the collaborative nature of PA practice and improves PA billing and ratio requirements.

New Mexico PAs celebrate enactment of collaboration bill

New Mexico PAs will have greater autonomy due to the enactment of H.B. 215, which was signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez on April 6, 2017. The legislation was the product of months of negotiations among the New Mexico Academy of PAs, the New Mexico Medical Board, the New Mexico Medical Society, and the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association. The bill, which goes into effect on June 6, 2017, makes several changes to PA practice in the state.

NCCPA lobbying derails PA legislation

AAPA has been working diligently with our state chapters to advance PA-positive legislation. One of our primary areas of focus has been West Virginia where there has been overwhelming bipartisan support for improvements to the PA practice act.

Utah repeals chart co-signature requirement from state law

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert recently signed SB 162 repealing the state’s requirement for PAs to have all chart entries that contain a Schedule II or III prescription co-signed by a physician. This bill is the result of the outstanding advocacy work of the Utah Academy of PAs (UAPA) who championed the bill as their legislative priority for 2017.

New Mississippi laws use PAs to combat the opioid epidemic

PAs in Mississippi will have greater impact on combating the opioid epidemic in their state as a result of two new laws enacted in mid-March: H.B. 996 and H.B. 1032. Like many states, Mississippi is working to address increased abuse of prescription opioids and heroin.

2017: A great year for PA-positive legislation in Virginia

Virginia’s 2017 legislative session made significant strides for PAs in the state. Specifically, Senate Bill 1062/House Bill 1910 which will become effective on July 1, 2017. The new law adds PAs to the definition of “mental health service providers” who have a duty to act when a patient threatens violence or serious harm to a third party.

Major PA Victory in Michigan

PAs in Michigan are applauding the enactment of House Bill 5533, which increases patient access to healthcare by modernizing and updating how PAs practice. Under the new law, physicians within PA-physician healthcare teams will be recognized as participating physicians instead of supervising physicians to better reflect the PA’s and physician’s role within the team.

Legislation Marks New Era for PAs in New Jersey

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed S1184. The legislation will result in PAs in the Garden State gaining three additional Key Elements of a Modern PA Practice Act, bringing New Jersey’s total to five!

California Improves Chart Co-Signature Requirements for PAs

On Oct. 6, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that improves documentation requirements for PAs in California. Senate Bill (SB) 337, sponsored by the California Academy of PAs (CAPA), adds flexibility to the state’s current chart co-signature requirements that will allow for a reduction in the number of charts that are required to be co-signed by a physician.