American Academy of Physician Assistants

New Regulations Enable PAs in Maine to Deliver More Comprehensive Care

Maine Joins 42 States and the District of Columbia in allowing Full Prescriptive Authority for PAs.

Aug. 15, 2016

Contact: James Tyll, 571-319-4394

Maine recently increased access to quality, comprehensive healthcare by updating PA (physician assistant) regulations and giving PAs full prescriptive authority.  This brings Maine in line with the majority of states and the District of Columbia.

Last month, the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine and the Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure joined 42 states and the District of Columbia by granting PAs full prescriptive authority. The new regulations were the result of years of hard work and advocacy by the Maine Association of PAs (MEAPA) and American Academy of PAs (AAPA). This joint-rule making effort sets an important precedent by creating uniform rules governing PA practice in the state.  “This is a great win for both PAs and patients in Maine,” said AAPA President Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna®RMT, DFAAPA. “However, it’s critical that we continue to update these kinds of antiquated laws and regulations that prevent PAs from serving their patients to fullest extent of their education and experience.”

Previously, PAs licensed by the Board of Licensure in Medicine could apply individually for Schedule II prescriptive privileges, but there were significant restrictions. While those PAs licensed by the Board of Osteopathic Licensure were limited to Schedules III-V. Currently there are six states that only grant PAs partial prescriptive authority including Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, while Kentucky remains the only state that does not allow PAs to prescribe any controlled substances.

For more information on these regulations contact AAPA or visit AAPAs State Advocacy page.  

About the American Academy of PAs
AAPA is the national organization that advocates for all PAs and provides tools to improve PA practice and patient care. Founded in 1968, AAPA represents a profession of more than 108,500 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories and the uniformed services. Visit  AAPA.org to learn more.