Utilizing Physician/PA Teams to Improve Efficiency, Patient Satisfaction | Physician Assistants, PA, Ann Davis, Sandy Harding, American Association of Physician Assistants, AAPA
That doesn't mean Sandy Harding, senior director of Federal Advocacy for the American Academy of Physician Assistants, doesn't keep trying.
said the current situation could actually increase cost to the system if a patient switches to a physician, who is paid at a higher rate.
Most importantly, the patient's care is disrupted.
Workers' compensation on the federal level is another area the AAPA
"In the overwhelming majority of states, PAs
can diagnose and treat state workers who are injured on the job, but not federal employees," said Harding
"The Federal Employees Compensation Act is rarely, rarely amended."
Calling it a 'bipartisan miracle' in the House last year, a bill allowing PAs and APRNs to diagnose and treat traumatic injury did pass with unanimous consent.
At the time, Harding
continued, it was noted the amendment was the most significant change to employee compensation law in 40 years.
"There's not a companion bill yet in the Senate," said Harding
Although it is unlikely much will happen before the November elections, Harding
continues to push for legislation that allows physician assistants to provide quality medical care in accordance with state law and their educational preparation.
"We think there is great promise for continued growth and increased roles for PAs in the U.S. healthcare system," she concluded.
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