IMPORTANT - TIME CRITICAL - PA CALL TO ACTION

Dear Oregon PAs;

We need your support for OSPAs bill HB 4081. We need the support of all whether an OSPA member or not. I can only get this out to our members, but this affects all of us in our ability to work at the top of our license and be where we are needed to care for our patients. Please complete the letters as discussed below. Please have your PA coworkers, your employers, your supervising physicians and anyone else you can send these letters. Send one from your spouse, we are all their constituents. You can add to the letters as desired. Most lawmakers will not read them, but they will take note of the degree of support shown.

As promised, OSPA has been working diligently on legislative changes to modernize PA practice so PAs can function efficiently in today's healthcare system.

In the not too distant past, Oregon legislators only convened to consider bills once every two years. Due to a growing number of issues to consider, lawmakers now meet once a year. The sessions that were added every other year between original sessions are called short sessions. 2020 is a short session and these last about a month. Short sessions are limited to budget and other emergency issues.

Many of the issues OSPA needs to address in modernizing PA practice will take more time and be addressed in the long session (2021). Fortunately, lawmakers recognize healthcare as a critically important issue in Oregon. Because of this, we have the opportunity to implement some of the key changes needed to remove some of the barriers to PA utilization during the 2020 short session. Among other issues, we are addressing requirements for chart review, physician on site time, filing of agreements with the board, and physician test and fee requirements.

Please do the following:

  • Go to the OSPA website front page.
  • Print this, if convenient, so you can reference the instructions while you work on your computer.
    • #1. Open the Health Committee letter and add your name, address and contact information at the bottom. Make any changes you want to the letter.
      • Highlight and copy the letter.
      • Open the following email link
      • remory@thornrun.com
      • Paste the letter in and send
    • #2. Open the Representative letter.
      •  Add your name, address and contact information at the bottom.
      • Put your Representative name in the appropriate place at the top.
      • Highlight and copy this letter.
      • Go to the OSPA website, front page, and click on “Who Represents you in Oregon.”
      • Enter your address to find your Representative.
      • Click on their email, paste the letter and send.
    • #3. Open the Senator letter and repeat what you did for your Representative.

Our bill was heard by the House Health Care Committee on Tuesday, Feb 11th and is scheduled for a work session Feb 13th. This will move or die quickly in short session. Please take the time to do this now.

I speak for myself and the many OSPA volunteers on the OSPA Board and the OSPA Governmental Affairs Committee who have, and continue, to work tirelessly on these efforts when I sincerely say….Thank you for your time and commitment to our patients and our future.

Ben D. Johnson, PA-C, President – Oregon Society of PAs

Who represents you in Oregon?

View and download the 

SENATE HEALTHCARE COMMUNITY LETTER

Please send to:

remory@thornrun.com


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REPRESENTATIVE LETTER

Please send to the representative in your area found at the link above.

View and download the 

SENATOR LETTER

Please send to the representative in your area found at the link above.


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OSPA's Accomplishments
* Hospital admitting privileges for PAs
* Streamlined rules for PAs prescribing Suboxone
* PAs can now dispense CIII & IV medications

* Supported tax credits for rural PAs
* Is moving forward on Oregon PA Modernization - Your Future
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No other professional society advocates exclusively for the needs of Oregon PAs. You may view our current leadership here. 

OSPA's Accomplishments

  • Hospital admitting privileges for PAs
  • Streamlined rules for PAs prescribing Suboxone
  • PAs can now dispense CIII & IV medications
  • Supported tax credits for rural PAs
  • Is moving forward on Optimal Team Practice (OTP) in Oregon - Your Future!


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