As PAs are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, AAPA is partnering with state PA chapters to remove state barriers that prevent PAs from fully practicing to the top of their education, training, and experience.
Maine’s governor signed LD 1660, an Act to Improve Access to Physician Assistant Care, to help address the public health crisis of COVID-19 in Maine. It was under consideration before the legislature adjourned indefinitely. This was Maine Association of PAs top legislative priority.
Iowa PAs will be able to provide increased access to healthcare thanks to the enactment of S.F. 2357. This new law makes several changes to the PA practice act and associated rules which remove numerous burdens on PAs practicing in the state.
CMS announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage to enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services without having to travel to an office, clinic or health care facility. Previously, Medicare was only allowed to pay health professionals for telemedicine services in certain situations.
With new patients contracting coronavirus, COVID-19, daily in the U.S., PAs are on the front lines of the crisis response. Those at Rush University Medical Center are getting special training, setting up COVID-only emergency care, and using telemedicine to increase patient access to providers.