October 5 - 12, 2015 National PA Week
PA Week News Article - Billings
September 18, 2015: The full Board of Medical Examiners approved our request to allow Physician Assistants and their Supervising Physician to decide their co-signature requirements in a collaborative manner. This will no longer be mandated at a state level (other than for the first year of practice of a new graduate physician assistant where there will remain a 20% co-signature requirement for the first 6 months and then a 10% co-signature requirement for the next 6 months). This will now be determined at the practice level and will need to soon be included in the Duties and Delegations Agreement. This matter will soon come up for a Public Comment period followed hopefully by adoption and a rules change. This is Great News! I want to thank everybody who has been involved with getting this moved through. Thanks to Dwight Thompson who gave the Board his valuable input in support of this matter. Hopefully by the first of January this new rule will be in effect.
August 28, 2015: The Board of Medical Examiners Rule and Laws Committee passed a motion to move our proposed rules change back to the full board for a final decision. This likely represents removal of the state requirement for PAs to have 10% of our charts co-signed by a supervising physician. You can see the full wording of the proposal on the website under "Board Of Medical Examiners". This pertains specifically to Montana Annotated Code 24.156.1622 and .1623. There will still be a requirement for first year or newly licensed PAs in the state to have some co-signature requirements for one year, but after that period of time the co-signature requirement is moved to the level of the practice. Thank-you to everyone who gave input and especially those that attended the hearing and spoke on behalf of MTAPA.
2015 - 2016 MTAPA Board of Directors
Past President: William Hunt, PA-C
President: Heather Hart, PA-C
President-Elect: Larry Walker, PA-C
Treasurer: Christene McDonnell, PA-C
Secretary: Brenda Anderson, PA-C
House of Delegates: Dewey Halbohm, PA-C
Matt Zemake PA-C
Directors at Large: Megan Zewacki, PA-C
Tammy Scott, PA-C
Student Member: Susan Meyer, PA-S
BOME Liason: Katherine Tetrault, PA-C
Attention All Physician Assistants:
We would urge you to follow the link here for information about a Federal House Bill (HB1202) that allows for PAs to order and provide Hospice care to their Medicare patients. Please contact representative Zinke and let him know how PAs from around Montana feel about this issue. For Mr. Zinke's contact information, please see the legislative tab on the webiste above.
AAPA websites information: http://www.capwiz.com/aapa/issues/alert/?alertid=64205611
Thank you for your continued support, together we can accomplish much.