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:
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
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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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The 2019 Eugene A. Stead Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to PA Ted Ruback at AAPA 2019 in Denver, the city where his PA career began 40 years ago. For more on AAPA Awards and recipients, visit aapa.org/about/aapa-awards.
The mission of the Oregon Society of PAs is to promote quality, cost effective, and accessible health care; to support the professional and personal development of physician assistants; and to advance the PA profession as well as the PA/MD team approach to health care.
We need/want all PAs in Oregon to discover why the OSPA is their professional home! Join Now and your membership will be activated on the day you join and good until the following year on that same day! Sign in to your account and Renew Online Today or you may Renew/Join online, or click here to download a printed application.
No other professional society advocates exclusively for the needs of Oregon PAs. Here's the current OSPA Leadership.
* 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!
We need/want all PAs in Oregon to discover why the OSPA is their professional home! Join Now and your membership will be activated on the date you join for one full year!
Sign in to your account and Renew Online Today or you may Renew/Join online, or call our office for personal assistance at 503-650-5864.
No other professional society advocates exclusively for the needs of Oregon PAs. You may view our current leadership here.