Dear OSPA members,
As we face challenging and uncertain times in the face of COVID19, I want to assure you OSPA is monitoring developments. OSPA has been working with the Oregon Medical Board (OMB), the Governor’s office and the COVID19 special committee to implement changes allowing PAs to respond efficiently and effectively during this crisis. The OMB has waived the eight hour supervision rule during the COVID19 crisis.
We have been informed by our lobbyist that OSPAs request to suspend PA supervision rules is currently on hold. The Governor’s office feels we have successfully flattened the curve at this time, but they are monitoring the situation and are aware of our request which has been incorporated into an emergency bill. The bill is in a holding status at this time and has not been addressed by the legislature. The Governor’s office expects the legislation will be enacted quickly, either by the legislature or a Governor’s mandate if the situation warrants.
OSPA has also been in contact with Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division and they confirm they have instituted a temporary change to their rules allowing PAs to order Home Health for Medicare and Medicaid patients until the current COVID19 Health Care Emergency order ends.
As reported recently, CMS has finalized the federal rules allowing PAs to permanently order home health care for Medicare and Medicaid patients. We hope that OHA, Public Health Division will have made permanent changes to their rules by the time the “Emergency” rule change expires and we will continue to monitor this.
All state offices have been very cooperative and willing to do all they can to prepare our healthcare system to respond effectively. The spirit of cooperation has been very impressive. OSPA will continue efforts to allow our providers to be where they are needed for our patients and to work at the top of their licenses.
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This society shall be representative of Physician Assistants within the State of Oregon. The Society is organized and shall be operated exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, to improve access of care, and advance the Physician Assistant profession. In furtherance of these purposes, the Society shall, through appropriate mechanisms, strive to assure the public of a uniform entry-level and continued competency of Physician Assistants. To represent Physician Assistants and Physician Assistant students so as to maximize the benefit of their services to the public, the Society shall:
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