Great news! The Alaska State Medical Association has completed the redesign of its website and Physician Assistants can now join the association online!
The Alaska Academy of PAs encourages all its members to join ASMA!
Fellow Members are encourage to self nominate or nominate a PA that will help write the next chapter for the profession!
Click here to find out what positions are open and to download a nomination form!
Location: SenateLabor and Commerce Committee.
Committee Members are:
Chair- Sen. Lora Reinbold –Eagle River area
Sen. Costello – Sand Lakearea
Sen. Click Bishop – Fairbanksarea
Sen. Chris Birch – Anchoragelower hillside
Sen. Elvi Gray Jackson –Anchorage Fairview area
If you are a PA residing in these areas, or are directly impacted by telehealth legislation please reach out to a Committee Member above before the meeting.
If you are in Juneau and can attend in person: http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/31?Root=sb44
If you can make time to call to testify please contact Jane Conway TODAY at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 907-465-3623 for call-in information.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has announced a new SHARP-1 loan repayment opportunity for selected healthcare practitioners including physician assistants. Application forms will be available starting Monday, April 1, 2019.
For more information on this program please click here.
More states are lifting restrictions and regulatory hurdles to allow physician assistants to work more “collaboratively” with physicians as the team-based approach to healthcare takes hold.
Historically, states have required physicians to more closely monitor physician assistants (PAs) in what some have said led to redundant tasks or slowed the ability of patients to get the care they needed in a timely fashion.
But physician assistants -- like nurse practitioners -- are successfully convincing lawmakers and governors to break down regulatory hurdles to their patients for a variety of reasons, including the physician shortage and general comfort U.S. patients have with being treated by someone other than a doctor. Such changes to regulations, or scope of practice laws, are the result of state legislative sessions that are just wrapping up this spring.
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The division reviewed all public comments relating to the proposed fees for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Originally proposed at $50.00 for initial registration and renewal, the fee amounts have since been reassessed and reduced. Effective April 22, 2018 and required by 12 AAC 02.107, a $25.00 initial and $25.00 renewal registration fee will be required by all pharmacists who dispense and practitioners who prescribes, administers, or directly dispenses a schedule II – IV controlled substance before initial or continued access to the database is granted. Submission of PDMP registration fees will be integrated into the license renewal process; no PDMP fees are due from existing users prior to April 22, 2018. Please click HERE for PDMP fee FAQs and click HERE to review the regulation filing notification.
Physician Assistants (PAs) have been around for about 50 years, after being birthed by the midwives of the profession, also known as MDs. We PAs have always had a close and formal connection to MDs, which has made us unique in the medical world.
Over the years, there have been several efforts to put a little more space between PAs and MDs, including several efforts to have our professional association, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), endorse a different title. Many PAs, young and old alike, have chafed under the word “assistant,” often feeling that this misrepresents and belittles our profession and the work we do.
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The Department proposes to establish fees for registration with the Alaska prescription drug monitoring program's controlled substance prescription database (PDMP) by a pharmacist who dispenses or a practitioner who prescribes, administers, or directly dispenses a schedule II, III, of IV controlled substance under federal law as required under AS 17.30.200.
The AKAPA is actively working on a response to the proposed changes. Questions, comments and concerns can be directed to email@example.com. Updates will be sent to members as they become available including the AKAPAs formal response and information on how individuals can respond as well.
Click here to review full proposed regulation changes
Click here PDMP Regulation Fees FAQ
New Law Permits PAs to Provide Hospice Care to Medicare Patients
Contact: Berit Mansour, firstname.lastname@example.org
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Feb. 9, 2018) – This morning, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law two improvements to Medicare that represent significant victories for PAs and the patients they serve.
The first improvement will allow PAs to manage and provide hospice care to terminally-ill Medicare patients; another will allow PAs to supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs under the Medicare program.
Specifically, the new law modernizes outdated Medicare law with language specific to PAs in the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act.
“Literally hundreds of PAs have made the case to members of Congress about the necessity to eliminate the unwarranted restrictions which have prevented PAs from providing hospice care to their Medicare patients. Too many PAs have patients that have been under their care for years who have been forced to choose between continued care and hospice,” said L. Gail Curtis, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA, president and chair of AAPA’s Board of Directors. “This new law will empower PAs to offer continuity of care at a time when patients and their families are most vulnerable.”
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On June 21, 2016 Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 74. This Bill involved multiple components and professions, including the Board of Pharmacy and the PDMP. Because SB74 outlines specific mandates in regards to the PDMP we wanted to provide you with some early FAQ’s. In addition, the Board of Pharmacy is currently working on writing regulations to fully comply with SB74 so please continue to review the Board website for updates.
The state has provided a document with useful links and frequently asked questions that can be downloaded by clicking here.
As of December 2016 250 of 611 licensed PAs were registered users.
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