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New PA Laws in Missouri


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Got some good news from MOAPA. Two new bills just got passed.

S.B. 660 amends the definition of “mental health professional” to include psychiatric PAs, defined as licensed PAs with at least two years of experience practicing in psychiatry or PAs who have completed a postgraduate residency or fellowship for PAs in psychiatry. The new definition will apply to provisions of law covering alcohol and drug treatment as well as comprehensive psychiatric services. S.B. 660 was signed on June 1 and becomes effective on August 28.

S.B. 718, which was signed on July 6 and became effective immediately, makes changes related to PA supervision and practice, including:  Changing the physician to PA ratio from three PAs per physician to up to six combined PAs, NPs, and assistant physicians (APs);  Eliminating the statutory requirement that a PA practice within 50 miles of a supervising physician, instead allowing the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts to determine the geographic proximity requirement;  Adding certified community behavioral clinics and federally qualified health centers to a current exemption provided to rural health clinics which allows PAs practicing in these facilities to be subject to only the minimum federal supervision requirements;  Expanding prescriptive authority for PAs who have the federal waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for medication-assisted treatment of OUD by allowing them to prescribe this medication for up to 30 days at a time (formerly limited to a 5-day supply); and  Creating a new program for physicians, PAs, NPs, and APs who treat OUD (the Improved Access to Treatment for Opioid Addictions, or IATOA program) which is meant to increase the number of clinicians who receive the federal buprenorphine waiver and increase patient access to medication-assisted treatment. PAs participating in the IATOA program would be subject to fewer supervision requirements and be empowered to engage in community and law enforcement functions as appropriate.

Still a little behind some other states, but we are making progress.

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