“Victory for the OSPA in Salem”It's Official - The Governor Has Signed SB1548, and the law
takes effect on July 1st.
(Here's the link to the Oregon State site to track the progress of the legislation)
(Here's the link to the actual legislation so you can view the changes that were made to existing law)
A monumental piece of legislation which benefits Oregon’s Physician Assistants and the patients we serve was signed into law by Governor John Kitzhaber. Known as SB 1548, this piece of legislation has been termed the PA/NP Technical Fix Bill. While the bill’s description was simple, the process of reaching the final outcome was complex and represented Grassroots Advocacy at its very best….something of pride for every PA in Oregon.
Here’s some history….
You know, and most importantly your patients know, that Physician Assistants are a critical component in the delivery of effective healthcare in Oregon. We ensure that our patients receive the very best of medical care throughout the year. However it has been the experience of many PAs that even though nearly everyone knows that PAs are qualified to perform certain procedures and services that somewhere in time the term “PA” was excluded from legislation and regulations – and PAs were absent from serving patients alongside MDs, DOs, NPs, RNs, and other medical professionals.
In late 2013, the OSPA Governmental Affairs Committee led by Committee Chair Erin Cramer, PA-C, and OSPA Lobbyist Elizabeth Remley took on the challenge of righting the wrongs of decades past and correcting the laws that prevented PAs from performing services and procedures that they were trained to perform on behalf of their patients. The plan was to act quickly during the abbreviated 2014 legislative session to insert PAs into several existing pieces of law and effectively allow you all to do what you do best – “Care for your Patients!”
The OSPA Governmental Affairs Committee reviewed 180 Oregon Statutes and identified 90 feasible sections of the Statutes where PAs were excluded from providing medical care to patients, of which 75 ended up in the final legislation. By utilizing the relationships that have been developed with State Senator Laurie Monnes-Anderson, who agreed to champion the legislation, the committee decided that NOW was the time to correct the past and do a major legislative fix to laws on the books and provide PAs with the ability to practice medicine and not have to worry about obstacles that were unintentionally preventing them from providing patient care.
Here a summary of what happened from beginning to successful enactment of the new legislation….
Who is to thank? The OSPA Governmental Affairs Committee, the legislative process, the OSPA Political Action Committee and those who support the OSPA by being a member! Please share this success story with your Supervising Physician and Practice Administrator – no doubt they will cheer and support our successes!