Washington Academy of Physician Assistants

Front row: Bob Puett, Constance Huynh, Sarra Vashchenko
Back row: Dale Sanderson, Randall Kelly, Linda Dale, Lyn Storm, Lyle Larson, Kate White Tudor, Lou Koncz, Leanne Brink, Jennifer Winter, Marc Stewart, MD, Betty Stewart, Gabrielle Zecha

Ohio Academy of Physician Assistants AAPA Resolution for 2018 AAPA HOD
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revise rule to ease preceptors administrative burden.
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Congress passes legislation to allow PAs as Hospice Attending Physician
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Dear Physician Assistant Colleagues,

This is a call to action to all Physician Assistants and supporters in Washington State. During this year’s short legislative session, a bill is being discussed that would have negative ramifications on our profession and the healthcare community as a whole.

HB 2262/SB 6015: Concerning actions for wrongful injury or death.

This legislation focuses on economic compensation for financially dependent family members affected by wrongful death cases. The sensitive nature of this subject is without question: a delicate balance must be maintained when addressing the tragedy of wrongful death while also preserving justice.

As well-meaning as this bill may be, the repercussions it will have on our profession will be devastating. This legislation would change current Washington State law by adding ambiguous and vague language that would result in imbalanced and potentially exploitative actions being taken against local governments; uproot previously-enacted liability reforms that create stability to the medical malpractice insurance market; and grant damages retroactively without limit; among other potentially maleficent aftermath. HB 2262 essentially eliminates evidence-based legal precedence used to determine compensation in a just and equitable manner.

Implore your legislators to VOTE NO ON HB 2262/SB 6015!

Find your district and legislators here:

District Finder

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Statement from Liability Reform Coalition

In Solidarity,
Constance D. Huynh, PA-C, MPH
WAPA President



2019 WAPA Lobby Day

February 5, 2019 (Tuesday)
Please save this date and plan to join your fellow PA colleagues for a day on the hill.
Talk with legislators about issues important to our profession and our patients.
Columbia Room, Legislative Building - 8:30 am start time
Olympia, Washington
 

Message from the President - December 2017

Constance D. Huynh, PA-C, MPH

In my previous post in the WAPA Monitor, I stated that as president I wanted to hear from you to determine what kind of barriers you’re experiencing in your practice. I’ve heard from many of you, and the WAPA Board certainly has its hands full working on your behalf.

One of the first things I do when WAPA receives a request/concern/complaint/criticism is to classify it as national, state, or institutional to determine whether it is within the purview of WAPA to address. As one may surmise, most of the national issues are beyond our reach to change, but we can certainly support and advocate for them. With that in mind, here’s what we’re currently working on: More

 

Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship in Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the University of Washington
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Opioid Prescribing: ESHB 1427 Implementation

Meetings and dates between November 2017 to March 2018

WAPA Membership

We are dedicated to the promotion of our profession and need your support for its continued growth. Each Physician Assistant in this state is important to our organization. There is strength in numbers, and we need to watch issues such as reimbursement, practice laws and work on continuing to publicize our great profession.

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WAPA 29th Annual Primary Care Review and Update

April 28 – May 1, 2018
Join us for over 30 hours of Category I CME

29th Annual Primary Care Review and Update

Even if you are not up for recertification, this conference is a wonderful basic review for any health care provider. We welcome everyone to attend and hope you will join us. 

New Venue: Seattle Airport Marriott Hotel
3201 S. 176th St
Seattle, WA 98188

Online Attendee Registration

EXHIBITORS

WAPA Spring 2018 Exhibitor Prospectus