“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….

•    75 areas of Oregon State Law were identified as being in need of correction and updating
•    12 OSPA members served on the committee
•    Over 100 hours of volunteer time were invested in reviewing and re-reviewing existing Oregon State Statutes that needed updating
•    More than 350 emails were exchanged among committee members debating and re-debating what needed to be done.
•    ZERO ….. “0” votes in opposition to this legislation were cast by Democrats or Republicans (AKA your patients) as the legislation worked its way through the legislative process.

In summary, SB 1548 is getting signed into law. Now, instead of having to justify why you should be able to perform procedures and services that you were specially trained to do, you can point to the law – and share with your practicing physician – that the NEW law provides freedom for your practice and access to quality medical care for your patients. As you review the new legislation when it appears in the Oregon State Statutes you may identify other areas of State Law which requires changes. Please let us know if something jumps out at you that might be worthy of getting changed or updated. Better yet, make certain you are an OSPA member and then join the Government Affairs or other Committee. There is always room for additional OSPA members who want to get involved in bettering their future and that of their patients.

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!

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Save the Date for the 2014 OSPA Fall CME
The 2013 Fall CME was a
Record-Breaker...
and We're Planning Something Even Better for 2014!
200 PAs Attended, With PAs Attending from 15 different US States.
One of our Midwest attendees said upon leaving, "I am going to see if I can get
more of my Midwest colleagues to come with me next year."
The OSPA Fall CME in 2014 is October 23 - 26, 2014
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2014 APAO Scholarship Now Available for PA Students!
Up to $2,500 will be awarded to a deserving PA student at the APAO Membership Meeting being held in May 2014 during the AAPA National Conference in Boston, MA

* Applicant must have a strong interest in pursuing a career in oncology; * Must be an AAPA member (or applicant) and enrolled in a ARC-PA-accredited program; * Minimum GPA is 3.0 (or PASS/FAIL equivalent)
  For additional information and a comprehensive list of eligibility criteria, please visit the APAO Website at
Deadline: April 20, 2014. For questions/additional information, please E-mail Apryl Sarabia, PA-C

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2014 Promises to Be a Busy Year in Salem!
Join the OSPA PAC Today.

Your contribution to  the OSPA Political Action Committee will greatly assist PAs in getting their message heard in the Oregon Legislature. Please give $50.00 per person, or whatever you can afford.
Here's the link to the OSPA PAC Donor Page...
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2014 Dues are Due
Pay Online or Print the Form and Mail

Your support as an OSPA member is important to allow us to continue providing the member services and representation that Oregon's PAs need to maintain and increase their ability to provide quality care for their patients. Won't you renew/join today?
Here's the link to the OSPA Membership Page
where  you can join/renew online or print  a copy of the membership application.
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OSPA Area Representatives
They are there to assist you....
We want to connect PAs from around the State with those who have similar interests, region coverage and expertise. Check out our Area Representatives page and get connected!
Here's the link to the Area Representative Page
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The 1st Ever OSPA PAC Reception was a HIT!
Over $3000.00 was raised for the OSPA PAC...
Remember that you can and your spouse/significant other can donate to the OSPA PAC and receive a tax credit from the State of Oregon for up to $50 per person off of your State of Oregon tax liability.
Please ask yourself - "Is it better to pay the $50 tax to the State of Oregon or to an organization (OSPA PAC)
that represents the "Voice of PAs in Oregon?"

Ready to donate to the PAC now? Please visit our OSPA PAC secure payment page.
Won't You Join With Us and Help the OSPA Reach its Targeted Goal of Raising $10,000?
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News and Information

Governor Kitzhaber signs SB 224 - the PA Modernization Act of 2011!
This new statute, which takes effect on January 1, 2012, overhauls and modernizes the way PAs are licensed in Oregon. It essentially allows PAs to get licensed before finding employment and, it allows the practice agreement to be made between the PA and supervising physician and filed with the Oregon Medical Board, rather than having the OMB be in charge of approving or denying specific job duties.

 
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