Statement from the WAPA President on the Statewide Crisis | January 7, 2022

My fellow colleagues, 

We once again face the threat of COVID-19 and its mutated variant as it has raced back into our communities. Washington would be the first affected and would widen the focus on the needs of public health throughout our nation. Today, our state faces a crisis with our ERs surpassing capacity and our hospital beds are full.

Routine services are being suspended throughout the state as well. WAPA has beseeched Governor Inslee to immediately declare a statewide crisis and provide resources to assist us in our hospitals and clinics throughout Washington. 

Letter to Governor Inslee and Secretary of Health Shah

Sue Cole, PA-C
President, WAPA 


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Update on Physician Assistants: Upcoming PA Law Changes effective July 1, 2021

During the last legislative session, SHB 2378 was passed, authorizing the following changes to Physician Assistant (PA) Laws:

  1. Moves the Delegation Agreements to the practice level; you only need to send a copy to the Washington Medical Commission (WMC). Existing practice agreements submitted before July 1, 2021 do not need to be updated to reflect the changes required in SHB 2387.

    Washington Medical Commission Practice Agreements
  2. The MD/DO to PA ratio is 10:1; if your practice already has a “waiver” for more, you do not need to resubmit.

  3. It removes remote site restrictions; removing duplicate regulatory structures for PAs working with MDs and DOs. It places all PAs under the Medical Commission. There will no longer be a separate licensing section for Osteopathic Physician Assistants. Chapter 18.71A RCW will replace the Osteopathic Physician Assistant license found in chapter 18.57A RCW.

WMC Newsletter on new PA Practice Updates
Senate House Bill 2378
 August 26 2021 | Changes in PA practice laws during COVID 19 pandemic under Gov. Inslee


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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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