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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!

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Statement from Liability Reform Coalition

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

WAPA Election Results for July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018
Thank you for voting.
President Elect: Eileen Ravella
2 Year AAPA Delegate: Leanne Brink
1 Year AAPA Delegates: Don Coerver, Anju Jain, Terry Kinney
Region 2 director: Randall Kelly
Region 4 director: Laura Wendzich
Region 6 director: Betty Stewart

Notification of CR-102 filing and public hearing regarding ordering restraint and seclusion in psychiatric hospitals-Tuesday, October 28, 2015: 10:00 am-11:00 am
Suicide Prevention Workshop –August 19, 2015 in Vancouver WA
 
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Notification of CR-102 filing and public hearing regarding ordering restraint and seclusion in psychiatric hospitals-Tuesday, October 28, 2015: 10:00 am-11:00 am

Dear Stakeholder’s,

This is a notification that the CR-102 proposal to amend WAC 246-322-010 and 246-322-180 has been filed and a public hearing is scheduled (see below for details).
The intended purpose of the proposed amendments is to clarify that psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioner’s and physician’s assistants may exercise the same authority as physicians regarding the restraint and seclusion of patients in private psychiatric hospitals.

You are invited to attend the public hearing in person or via teleconference:

When: October 28th, 2015, 10:00-11:00am

Where: 111 Israel Road SE
Tumwater WA 98501
Town Center Two
Room 145
Directions

Call in #: 1-877-351-4402
Passcode: 9422097366

2015 Dues Increase


Dear WAPA Member,

I am writing on behalf of the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants (WAPA) Board of Directors with important information about your membership dues. Effective July 1, 2015 your annual dues will increase to $150.00 for Fellow and Colleague members, $95.00 for Affiliate, Sustaining and Out of State members and Student membership is now $60.00 for 2 years.

Your elected Board of Directors gave careful and thoughtful consideration to the issue of increasing membership dues. WAPA dues have not changed for the previous four years, and have increased only twice in the last thirteen years. This action was taken in response to our profession’s need for increasing expenses associated with protecting our profession and education.

Be assured that the WAPA elected leaders and staff operate in a manner that is fiscally responsible, while continuing to provide the membership benefits you expect. We are working hard for you.

When you join WAPA, you get a voice in policy decisions that affect ALL Washington PAs.

You will continue to find value in your WAPA membership, including these member-only benefits:

  • ADVOCACY for each PA in Washington State. Representation in the Washington Legislature. WAPA lobbies on your behalf when state legislative bills are introduced or administrative rules are proposed that affect our scope of practice.
  • Discounted CME registration fee to WAPA’s two conferences (Spring and Fall Meetings) Over 50 category I hours per year
  • Job Bulletin Notices of PA job listings throughout the state and region
  • Quarterly Newsletters The latest information on legislative actions, PA events, future CME and dinner programs, volunteer opportunities and more
  • Networking opportunities through our conferences, online Membership Directory and Regional Dinner programs
  • WAPA Website continually updated with WAPA Legislative news, public education information, CME announcements, national PA news and programs pertinent to PA practice.

Thank you for your support. Your WAPA membership and active participation in the work of this association is greatly valued. If you have any questions, please contact the WAPA office at (206) 956-3624 or email: LMK@wsma.org

Respectfully,

David Wood, PA-C
President

Bob Puett, PA-C and Michael Corsilles, ND, PA-C
Membership Committee Co-Chairs


It is the hope of WAPA and the Membership Committee that the highlights of this page will reveal to you what an active PA organization we have. Throughout the years, the efforts of many Physician Assistants have resulted in Washington State having one of the BEST Physician Assistant practice laws in the nation. Our aim is to increase the membership in our organization so that we continue to represent ALL Physician Assistants working in our state.

In the past 5 years, WAPA passed 5 bills:

  • HB 1722: allowing PAs to execute certain certificates and other forms for L&I
  • HB 1966: allowing PAs authority to sign and attest to documents
  • HB 1505: allows PAs to determine disability for parking permits and other DOH forms
  • HB 1737: increased the number of PAs a Physician can supervise from 3 to 5, PAs can practice remotely without site supervision of 10% and practice plan was changed to delegation agreement.
  • HB 5524: allows prescriptions from PAs in other states, particularly bordering Washington, to be accepted by pharmacies in Washington.

Two PAs sit on the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Committee (MQAC). As PA membership grows, that number could increase and raise the amount of representation you have on this regulatory committee.

WAPA has a close relationship with the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and the support from its Board of Directors. This translates to the physicians supporting us on key issues.

Membership dues in the region:

Alaska: $100 per year
Idaho: $125 per year
Oregon: $150 per year
California: $175 per year
Washington: $150 per year

WAPA Committees:

  • Public Education: The Academy actively promotes the concept of the PA as an important part of the health care team
  • Diversity: Promotes and represents minority PAs in Washington State
  • Student Affairs: Offers PA students support and scholarships
  • Reimbursement: Keeps on top of current reimbursement legislation or policies concerning Medicare,
  • Medicaid, and other third-party insurance payers.
  • WAPA Liaison to the WSMA Board of Trustees: Represents the PA profession to the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA)
  • WAPA Liaison to the Osteopathic Board: Represents the PA profession to the Osteopathic Board
  • Interspecialty Advocacy Council: Attends WSMA interspecialty council meetings, representing the PA profession and WAPA to the council of medical specialties.
  • Plus CME committee, Communications (Facebook, Twitter, Newsletters), Regional Directors, Health and
  • Well Being, Elections/Nominating Committee, AAPA Delegate Representation

WAPA: 2001 Sixth Ave. Ste. 2700, Seattle, WA 98121
Tel: 206-956-3624 Fax: 206-441-5863
www.WAPA.com

10/22/14: MQAC Update on Suicide Prevention training for Physician Assistants

Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2315
Public Notification and Meeting Announcement | CR-101 for Suicide Prevention
Preproposal Statement of Inquiry: CR-101

Redesign of the System's Practitioner User Interface:

The practitioner user interface for Prescription Review is changing. Prescription Review is the online system you access to query patient histories for controlled substances in Washington. The changes to the system are designed to make it more intuitive to use and navigate, to provide for a more enjoyable user experience, and to give the system an overall updated and contemporary look and feel.

Before the new user interface is released we are giving you the opportunity to review the changes through online tutorial videos that are posted online at www.doh.wa.gov/pmp under the Education Videos page. This will allow you to become familiar with the interface first. Before the interface release we'll provide an additional email reminder before the release date which is August 25, 2014.

If you have any questions please let us know.

Sincerely,

DOH Prescription Review Team
360.236.4806
prescriptionmonitoring@doh.wa.gov
(08/21/14)

Modernizing Physician Assistant Practice Rules in Washington State

Substitute House Bill 1737, passed through the Washington State Legislature last year. It stipulates that the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and the Medical Commission (previously Medical Quality Assurance Commission) work with WAPA in modernizing the rules that govern the practice of PAs in Washington State. To that end, a committee was appointed and includes members of each of the two regulatory boards, Ruth Ballweg as a representative of MEDEX Northwest and Linda Dale as the representative of WAPA.

The committee is looking at each of the PA regulatory rules in the Washington Administrative Code (WACs) and determining if changes need to be made to help PAs provide quality, cost effective care for their patients. One discussion is how to best remove barriers and allow PAs to easily move between an allopathic and an osteopathic supervising physician. Another issue under discussion is requiring the maintenance of NCCPA certification. Maintenance of certification is touted as being both a quality of care issue and a professional responsibility. Other rules are being simplified and even eliminated if they seem redundant.

All of the committee members are very cognizant of the need to protect the positions of practicing PAs. So an effort will be made to allow enough time for PAs to adapt to the rule, or in some way not jeopardize PA jobs.

If you have specific comments or concerns please email Linda Krause, WAPA Executive Secretary, at LMK@WSMA.org.
(08/15/14)

Prescription Monitoring Program Upgrades

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Washington Professional Fee Schedule Update

Premera Policy Change: Read


Forbes Magazine article on Best and Worst Master's Degrees

PA tied for first place with computer science!
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MQAC Letter on Practice Plans

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