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OREGON PAs and PA ADVOCATES - Please contact key Oregon Senators who are deciding right now whether or not to remove key PA supervision requirements.  House Bill 3036 (the PA Modernization Act) would allow Oregon PAs greater autonomy to practice by removing key supervision requirements, enabling PAs to spend more time providing quality health care to our patients and less time on administrative oversight. The Oregon House has already passed this bill and now is the critical decision-making time in the Oregon Senate.

 

Please copy and paste the excerpt I have written and email all members of the Oregon Senate Health Care Committee. Also feel free to personalize your email to reflect your work and local context:

Sen.DebPatterson@oregonlegislature.gov

Sen.TimKnopp@oregonlegislature.gov

Sen.LeeBeyer@oregonlegislature.gov

Sen.DallasHeard@oregonlegislature.gov

Sen.JamesManning@oregonlegislature.gov

 

Please also CC on your emails to the OSPA Lobbyist:

Taylor@columbiapublicaffairs.com

 

You can copy and paste this excerpt:

 

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Senator, 

 

I'm writing with regard to the HB 3036: PA Modernization Act, which would allow Oregon PAs greater autonomy to practice by removing key supervision requirements, enabling PAs to spend more time providing quality health care to our patients and less time on administrative oversight. 

Oregon Physician Assistants have all completed comprehensive education and training and passed the National Certifying Exam.  We should have more freedom to serve our patients, especially in rural and underserved communities, without state laws requiring supervision by a physician.  Oregon Physician Assistants, like all medical providers, ensure we have robust liability insurance through employer or with individual policies.

HB 3036 will provide greater health care provider access to all Oregonians, especially those in rural and other underserved communities. According to a report published in January 2021 by the Oregon Health Authority, the PA profession in Oregon is becoming more diverse.  PAs who identified with tribal communities or communities of color represented 9.5% of the Oregon workforce and in 2020 the representation had increased to 12.6% with an average annual increase of 7.3%. Please pass House Bill 3036 to help us, our employers, and our patients.

How HB 3036 will improve healthcare and offer improved access to patient care:

1. HB 3036 would better allow PAs to practice at the top of our scope of practice.

2. HB 3036 would make it easier for hospitals, clinics, and other employers to hire and utilize PAs to serve our patients.

3. HB 3036 would retain the full authority of Oregon hospitals/clinics/employers to require supervision of PAs and all other health care providers.

4. HB 3036 would make clear that a PA is legally responsible for the care we provide.

5. HB 3036 would permanently eliminate supervision requirements, which has been successful under temporary rules during this pandemic/emergency.

6. HB 3036 would eliminate duplicative, unnecessary supervision requirements that limit access to health care, especially in rural and other underserved areas. 

7. Other states are passing similar laws to reduce supervision requirements and Oregon should act to keep up with them.

To offer further background regarding this profession, Physician Assistants are not assistants. More accurately stated, Physician Assistants are nationally certified, state-licensed practitioners who provide high quality patient care autonomously: diagnosing and treating acute illnesses and chronic conditions in primary care and a plethora of subspecialties while working collaboratively with physicians and surgeons. We are currently required to earn Master's degrees from an accredited graduate-level medical program and complete a minimum of 2000 clinical hours over 7+ rotations to qualify for national certification. PAs have extensive training under the medical model and are held to the same standard of care as physicians. We have strict requirements to maintain our medical license including 100 hours of continued medical education every two years (to update our current knowledge) and a recertification exam every 10 years. Our profession is 53 years old and was created to assist with the shortage of doctors within the military through a fast-track medical curriculum.

Physician Assistants diagnose and treat both acute and chronic conditions. We perform thorough physical exams. We order, assess, and interpret labs, imaging, and additional workup. We are authorized and trained to prescribe medications, including narcotics depending on individual state laws. We develop and manage treatment plans, assist in surgeries, make rounds in hospitals, perform emergent/inpatient/outpatient procedures, and offer patient and family counseling and education. We assist in research and precept students in academic/clinical settings. We can be found in every state, in every specialty, and within all medical settings. There are over 131,000 PAs that diagnose and treat 9.1 million patients per week in the US.

2021 US News rankings placed the PA profession #1 in healthcare careers, #1 overall, and #1 in STEM careers. We are educated and credentialed in primary care, and thus have the versatility to change specialties throughout our career. Furthermore, PAs improve healthcare by providing coordination and continuity of care for our patients, implementing preventative health and wellness programs, reducing hospital readmission and infection rates, providing patient education and acting as patient advocates, all the while reducing healthcare costs and improving access to healthcare within our communities. 

 

Kind regards,

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1 hour ago, deltawave said:

Shared from another website and I have already done this. 
 


OREGON PAs and PA ADVOCATES - Please contact key Oregon Senators who are deciding right now whether or not to remove key PA supervision requirements.  House Bill 3036 (the PA Modernization Act) would allow Oregon PAs greater autonomy to practice by removing key supervision requirements, enabling PAs to spend more time providing quality health care to our patients and less time on administrative oversight. The Oregon House has already passed this bill and now is the critical decision-making time in the Oregon Senate.

 

Please copy and paste the excerpt I have written and email all members of the Oregon Senate Health Care Committee. Also feel free to personalize your email to reflect your work and local context:

Sen.DebPatterson@oregonlegislature.gov

Sen.TimKnopp@oregonlegislature.gov

Sen.LeeBeyer@oregonlegislature.gov

Sen.DallasHeard@oregonlegislature.gov

Sen.JamesManning@oregonlegislature.gov

 

Please also CC on your emails to the OSPA Lobbyist:

Taylor@columbiapublicaffairs.com

 

You can copy and paste this excerpt:

 

*****************************

Senator, 

 

I'm writing with regard to the HB 3036: PA Modernization Act, which would allow Oregon PAs greater autonomy to practice by removing key supervision requirements, enabling PAs to spend more time providing quality health care to our patients and less time on administrative oversight. 

Oregon Physician Assistants have all completed comprehensive education and training and passed the National Certifying Exam.  We should have more freedom to serve our patients, especially in rural and underserved communities, without state laws requiring supervision by a physician.  Oregon Physician Assistants, like all medical providers, ensure we have robust liability insurance through employer or with individual policies.

HB 3036 will provide greater health care provider access to all Oregonians, especially those in rural and other underserved communities. According to a report published in January 2021 by the Oregon Health Authority, the PA profession in Oregon is becoming more diverse.  PAs who identified with tribal communities or communities of color represented 9.5% of the Oregon workforce and in 2020 the representation had increased to 12.6% with an average annual increase of 7.3%. Please pass House Bill 3036 to help us, our employers, and our patients.

How HB 3036 will improve healthcare and offer improved access to patient care:

1. HB 3036 would better allow PAs to practice at the top of our scope of practice.

2. HB 3036 would make it easier for hospitals, clinics, and other employers to hire and utilize PAs to serve our patients.

3. HB 3036 would retain the full authority of Oregon hospitals/clinics/employers to require supervision of PAs and all other health care providers.

4. HB 3036 would make clear that a PA is legally responsible for the care we provide.

5. HB 3036 would permanently eliminate supervision requirements, which has been successful under temporary rules during this pandemic/emergency.

6. HB 3036 would eliminate duplicative, unnecessary supervision requirements that limit access to health care, especially in rural and other underserved areas. 

7. Other states are passing similar laws to reduce supervision requirements and Oregon should act to keep up with them.

To offer further background regarding this profession, Physician Assistants are not assistants. More accurately stated, Physician Assistants are nationally certified, state-licensed practitioners who provide high quality patient care autonomously: diagnosing and treating acute illnesses and chronic conditions in primary care and a plethora of subspecialties while working collaboratively with physicians and surgeons. We are currently required to earn Master's degrees from an accredited graduate-level medical program and complete a minimum of 2000 clinical hours over 7+ rotations to qualify for national certification. PAs have extensive training under the medical model and are held to the same standard of care as physicians. We have strict requirements to maintain our medical license including 100 hours of continued medical education every two years (to update our current knowledge) and a recertification exam every 10 years. Our profession is 53 years old and was created to assist with the shortage of doctors within the military through a fast-track medical curriculum.

Physician Assistants diagnose and treat both acute and chronic conditions. We perform thorough physical exams. We order, assess, and interpret labs, imaging, and additional workup. We are authorized and trained to prescribe medications, including narcotics depending on individual state laws. We develop and manage treatment plans, assist in surgeries, make rounds in hospitals, perform emergent/inpatient/outpatient procedures, and offer patient and family counseling and education. We assist in research and precept students in academic/clinical settings. We can be found in every state, in every specialty, and within all medical settings. There are over 131,000 PAs that diagnose and treat 9.1 million patients per week in the US.

2021 US News rankings placed the PA profession #1 in healthcare careers, #1 overall, and #1 in STEM careers. We are educated and credentialed in primary care, and thus have the versatility to change specialties throughout our career. Furthermore, PAs improve healthcare by providing coordination and continuity of care for our patients, implementing preventative health and wellness programs, reducing hospital readmission and infection rates, providing patient education and acting as patient advocates, all the while reducing healthcare costs and improving access to healthcare within our communities. 

 

Kind regards,

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I read the bill. How does thia change day to day PA practice? It seems a collaborative agreement would still be needed from an MD or is that incorrect?

 

Rooting for PA independence for all of you! No competent medical provider should be under someone else's thumb!

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10 hours ago, Komorebi said:

I read the bill. How does thia change day to day PA practice? It seems a collaborative agreement would still be needed from an MD or is that incorrect?

It rids all supervisory duties, legalities, and responsibilities by a physician over a PA. It is essentially FPA. It grants the same rights to PAs that are currently enjoyed by physicians. 
 

A collaborative agreement at the practice level is a good thing. It does not infer any kind of authority over the PA, rather displays that a PA has a higher level of care to whom they may refer. 

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https://stateofreform.com/featured/2021/02/oregon-house-health-committee-hears-testimony-on-bill-that-removes-supervision-requirements-for-physician-assistants/

"The majority of the testimony was in favor of the bill. Organizations that testified in favor included Zoom+Care, OSPA and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS). Dave Hunt, on behalf of OSPA, said that the bill will help lower administrative costs for practices."

Sounds promising. This argument made me LOL though:

"Arthur Towers, the political director of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), testified against the bill because of OTLA’s concerns with the possibility of the change from “supervisory” to “collaborative” creating a situation where the responsibility of the outcome for the patient is removed from the physician or their organization to the PA."

AKA "We want to sue the people with the deeper pockets."

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