The Joint Task Force Proposal: Optimal Team Practice
April 5, 2017
The Report of the Joint Task Force (JTF) on the Future of PA Practice Authority is now available. It includes analysis of the feedback about JTF’s initial proposal and the changes made to the proposal thanks to that feedback. The JTF’s recommendations would make changes to AAPA’s Guidelines for State Regulation of PA Practice. These guidelines, which form the basis for the AAPA Model State Legislation, recognize that a state’s unique political and healthcare climate may require changes to some provisions. The final JTF resolution for “Optimal Team Practice,” submitted to AAPA’s House of Delegates for consideration in May, embraces the PA profession’s desire to continue to work closely in teams with physicians, but removes burdensome requirements for PAs to have or report a specific relationship with a physician or group of physicians to be able to practice. It also includes a strong recommendation for an autonomous state PA board that is composed of a majority of PAs, and would codify PA eligibility for direct reimbursement from public and private insurers.