The RRPAA hopes that our fellow colleagues and their families are well and staying safe during this COVID-19 crisis. We are essential healthcare providers who continue to work on the front line providing medical care to our community. We want to acknowledge your efforts and thank you for everything that you are doing during this time.
Interesting things have occurred for PAs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
- Federal COVID-19 Emergency Legislation Authorizes PAs to Order Home Health Services
- Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education law and Regulations to permit a physician assistant to provide medical services appropriate to their education, training and experience without oversight from a supervising physician without civil or criminal penalty related to a lack of oversight by a supervising physician
Governing bodies are understanding the positive and powerful impact that PAs have on providing healthcare during this crisis. With momentum in our favor, NYSSPA and AAPA are trying to drive changes in legislation to make these changes, amongst others changes, permanent.
They are asking this administration to permanently grant Full Practice Authority to all Federal service PAs so they may function as Licensed Independent Practitioners (LIP) in all Federal jurisdictions. It’s time to allow PAs to create the greatest positive impact within the system now and moving forward.
Currently, there is a petition in place to help with this movement. (full petition text – https://www.pavmt.org/thepetition )
They need 100,000 signatures within 30 days for a response (Ends May 4th), so the clock is ticking. Currently they have ~8,000 signatures……needing approx. 92,000 more.
If we gather 100,000 signature within the 30 days, they will review the petition, make sure it gets in front of the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.
ANYONE can sign the petition. So we need to spread the word….family, friends, co-workers, etc. and have them sign the petition. Imagine the impact if each local PA in Rochester were to secure 10+ additional signatures. Forward this to others and feel free to share on social media. This impacts the future of OUR profession and this is YOUR time to help make a difference.
The process takes < 1 minute with 2 steps.
1. Please click the Petition Link below to sign the petition.
2. You will then receive an email from “We the People: Your Voice in Our Government”…OPEN the email and click on the “Confirm Your Signature” link.
Thank you for your support and stay well!
-RRPAA Board of Directors